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Liisa Husu

Title: Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

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Liisa Husu

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About Liisa Husu

Liisa Husu is Professor of Gender Studies, School of Humanities, Education and Social Science (HumES) at Örebro University. She is Co-Director of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, a three-university (Karlstad – Linköping – Örebro universities) research platform of advanced gender research (www.gexcel.org); and the leader of Centre for Feminist Social Studies (CFS) at Örebro University.

Background

Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert with a strong international engagement. She has previously been a board member of GEXcel Centre of Gender Excellence, one of the Swedish Centres of Gender Excellence, funded by the Swedish Research Council 2007-2011; Guest Professor in Gender Studies at Örebro University 2009-2010, Guest Professor at Linköping University Tema Genus 2009-2011, and is Docent in Women’s Studies at Tampere University, Finland. She is also an affiliated researcher at the Department of Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Finland.

She received her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki in 2001, is Docent of Women's Studies at Tampere University, Finland; and was awarded tin 2002 the Christina of the Year award by the University of Helsinki Christina Institute of Gender Studies, and the University of Helsinki Gender Equality Prize, the Maikki Friberg Prize, in 2009.

Liisa Husu was the Na­­tio­­nal Co-ordi­­na­­tor of Wo­­men’s Studies and se­­­­­­nior ad­­vi­­ser in the Fin­­nish gender equa­­­­l­­ity machi­­ne­­ry (Council for Equality between Women and Men and Equality Ombudsman’s Office) at the Prime Minister’s Office and Mi­­nist­­ry of So­­cial Af­­­­fairs and Health 1981-1996; re­­searcher in the Academy of Finland funded research project Gender in Academia 1997-2001 at the Department of Social Psychology, Uni­­versity of Helsinki; Re­­search Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Stu­­dies, University of Hel­­sinki 2002-2008, and Project Manager of NASTA - Women’s Leadership Research and Development Project, a national three-university project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education, 2008-2010, at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki.

Research interests

Liisa Husu's re­­search in­­te­­rests fo­­cus on gen­­der in scien­­ce, academia and knowledge production; espe­­­­­­cially on gen­­der dyna­­mics and in­­equa­­li­­ties in scien­­tific careers, organisations and scien­­ce po­­licy. She has been leading the GEXcel research theme “Gender Paradoxes in Changing Academic and Scientific Organisation(s)”, and leads the Örebro part of the Swedish Research Council funded project on “Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality, Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies”. She is a partner in a major European FP7 project GenPORT that is pooling and organising extensive gender and science resources to an interactive portal.

Ph.D. education and examination

Liisa Husu has examined seven Ph.D.s (in Sweden, Denmark and Netherlands, in Sociology, Political Science, Education and Gender Studies) and supervised six doctoral students. She is Board Member of Intergender, the Swedish-International doctoral school in gender research.

Evaluation activities

Husu has been a member of the evaluation panel in the Uppsala University overall research evaluation Quality and Renewal in 2006, in the international evaluation panel of Social Sciences of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2015, and participated as a "researcher on research" panel member in the Uppsala University overall research evaluation Quality and Renewal in 2017.

She has been a reviewer of Elsevier New Scholar Programme; Swedish Institute of Development Aid grants (SIDA); Austrian Wissenschaftsfonds Wittgenstein award; the Science Foundation Ireland Institute Development Awards, member in the evaluation committee of the MEERVOUD programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO, member of the jury of the European Women Inventor and Innovation Award 2009, and took part in the Swedish Council for Higher Education's assessment of gender equality projects in higher education, funded by DJ, the Delegationen för jämställdhet i högskolan (Committee for gender equality in higher education).

Expert activities

Husu has functioned ex­­ten­­sively as a gender expert and ad­­vi­­ser for diverse research stakeholders in Nor­­dic count­­­­­­­­­­­­ries, Europe and internationally, including research funding organisations and Ministries, and has been actively in­­vol­­­­­­ved in de­­­­­­ve­­­­­­­­­­loping gender app­­roaches in uni­­ver­­si­­ties and re­­search policy since the early 1980s in ma­­ny roles and contexts.

She has served as a Vice-Chair and member of the University of Helsinki Equality Committee and is currently a member of Örebro University Equality Committee. She was member of the board of NIKK, Nordic Gender Institute, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, 1995-2000, and the Chair of its first board 1995-1996.

She is a member of the Swedish Ministry of Education advisory group on gender and gender equality in European research policy, set up in 2017. In June 2017 she was appointed as a member of the Board of the Tampere University Foundation (Finland)  that will merge the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology into a new foundation university.

International engagements

Liisa Husu has lectured and given invited presentations in over thirty countries, in Australia, Canada, China, European countries, Latin America, Morocco, South Africa, and USA.

International engagements in recent years include a keynote presentation in the Japanese-American-Scandinavian forum on gender in science in Washington D.C. in 2009; at the UNCTAD multi-year expert meeting on enterprise development and capacity building in science, technology and innovation in 2011; in the EC Social Dialogue, Committee on Education in 2012; at the European Conference of Women University Rectors in Istanbul in 2014; at the International Conference on Gender and Higher Education in Europe in University of Lund, Sweden in 2014, and in the Gender Panel of the Second African Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Rabat, Morocco in 2014. Husu is a long-term member of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 32 (Women in Society) and has served two terms in its board.

European engagements

Liisa Husu has played an active role in European actions and research development on gender and science; in the EU FP7 project genSET, a capacity building action project on gender equality and excellence in science; as a partner in the EU FP6 research pro­­­­ject PRO­­ME­­TEA on empowering wo­­men in technological re­­search ca­­reers; a partner in the EU FP6 pro­­ject ADVANCE on promo­­ting wo­­men’s scien­­tific careers; and is a member of the COST action Gender STE. She contributed to the EC re­­port Gen­­der and Excel­­lence in the Making (2004), and was the Rap­­­­porteur of the EC ex­­pert group Gen­­der and Ex­­cel­­len­­ce (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009) reviewing research funding from gender perspective in 33 countries.

Husu is the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education, and its email list eq-uni since 1998, and has contributed to organising nine European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education. She was a founding mem­­ber of the European Platform of Women Scien­­tists EPWS (http:www.epws.org) and long-term member of its board, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Women Rectors Association EWORA http://www.ewora.org/. 

Publications

Her publica­­tions include Hard Work in the Academy. Research and Inter­­ventions on Gen­­der In­­equalities in Higher Education (1999), the special issue on Aca­­de­­me and Gender of UNES­­CO/CEPES jour­­nal Higher Education in Europe (2000), Se­­xism, Support and Sur­­vival in Academia: Academic Wo­­men and Hidden Discrimi­­na­­tion in Finland (2001), Tiede, tieto ja sukupuoli [Science, Knowledge and Gender] (2005), Dold diskriminering på aka­­de­­miska arenor – osynligt, synligt, subtilt [Hidden discrimination on academic arenas – invisible, visible, subtle] (2005); Leadership through the Gender Lens (2010), and Women, Management and Leadership (2011), as well as many journal articles and chapters in books. In 2013 she was among the invited researchers writing in Nature on”Scientists of the world speak up for equality”.

Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Conference proceedings (editor) |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Husu, L. , Al-Gazali, L. , Valian, V. , Barres, B. , Wu, L. , Andrei, E. Y. , Handelsman, J. & Moss-Racusin, C. (2013). Scientists of the world speak up for equality. Nature, 495 (7439), 35-38.
Hearn, J. & Husu, L. (2011). Understanding gender: some implications for science and technology. ISR. Interdisciplinary science review, 36 (2), 103-113.
Husu, L. & Koskinen, P. (2010). Gendering excellence in technological reseach: a comparative European perspective. Journal of technology management & innovation, 5 (1), 127-139.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Chapters in books

Hearn, J. , Biese, I. , Choroszewicz, M. & Husu, L. (2016). Gender, diversity and intersectionality in professions and potential professions: analytical, historical and contemporary perspectives. In: Mike Dent, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Jean-Louis Denis and Ellen Kuhlmann, The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism (pp. 57-70). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Hearn, J. & Husu, L. (2016). Gender equality. In: Nancy Naples, J. M. Ryan, r.c. hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe, W. C. A. Wong, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc..
Husu, L. (2015). A Comprehensive National Approach to Promote Gender Equality in Science: The Case of Norway. In: Willie Pearson, Jr.; Lisa M. Frehill; Connie L. McNeely, Advancing Women in Science: an International Perspective (pp. 327-329). Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer Publishing Company.
Husu, L. (2015). A Comprehensive National Approach to Promote Gender Equality in Science: The Case of Norway (Vignette 10.1). In: Willie Pearson, Jr., Lisa M. Frehill, Connie L. McNeely, Advancing Women in Science: an International Perspective (pp. 329-331). . Springer.
Husu, L. (2014). Att verka på lika villkor i akademin - om jämställdhet och likabehandling. In: Sara Eldén och Anna Jonsson, Efter festen: Om konsten att utvecklas från doktor till docent eller en överlevnadsguide för den postdoktorala tillvaron (pp. 213-230). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Husu, L. , Hearn, J. , Lämsä, A. & Vanhala, S. (2011). Introduction. In: Liisa Husu, Jeff Hearn, Anna-Maija Lämsä, Sinikka Vanhala, Women, management and leadership - Naiset ja johtajuus: NASTA women's leadership project final report (pp. V-29). Helsinki: Edita Publishing Oy.
Hearn, J. , Husu, L. , Hiillos, M. , Vanhala, S. , Lämsä, A. , Holm, J. , Laukkanen, M. & Peltola, K. (2011). Teaching on gender and staffing witin three Finnish business schools. In: Liisa Husu, Jeff Hearn, Anna-Maija Lämsä, Sinikka Vanhala, Women, management and leadership: naiset ja johtajuus (pp. 14-24). Helsinki: Edita Publishing Oy.
de Cheveigné, S. , Husu, L. & Suter, C. (2010). Gender and excellence in research funding: European perspectives. In: Regula Julia Leemann, Heidi Stutz, Forschungsförderung aus Geschlechterperspektive: Zugang, Bedeutung und Wirkung in wissenschaftlichen Laufbahnen (pp. 181-201). Zürich: Verlag Rüegger Zürich.
Husu, L. & de Cheveigné, S. (2010). Gender and gatekeeping of excellence in research funding: European perspectives. In: Birgit Riegraf, Brigitte Aulenbacher, Edit Kirsch-Auwärter, Ursula Müller, GenderChange in Academia: re-mapping the fields of work, knowledge, and politics from a gender perspective (pp. 43-59). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Husu, L. , Siebenhandl, K. , Apostolov, G. , Zauchner, S. , Gindl, M. & Bammer, D. (2009). ADVANCE - Advanced training for women in scientific research across Europe: a review of an innovative program. In: Lipinsky, Anke, Encouragement to advance: supporting women in European science careers (pp. 119-136). München: Kleine Verlag.
Husu, L. (2009). Finland. In: Suzanne de Cheveigné (chair), Liisa Husu (rapporteur), The Gender Challenge in Research Funding: Assessing European National Scenes (pp. 96-97). Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.
Husu, L. & Niemelä, P. (1993). Finland. In: Leonore Loeb Adler, International Handbook on Gender Roles (pp. 59-76). Westport, Connecticut - London: ABC-CLIO.

Collections (editor)

Husu, L. (ed.) , Hearn, J. (ed.) , Lämsä, A. (ed.) & Vanhala, S. (ed.) (2011). Women, management and leadership - Naiset ja johtajuus: NASTA women's leadership project final report. Helsingfors: Edita (Hanken School of Economics Research Reports 72).
Husu, L. (ed.) , Hearn, J. (ed.) , Lämsä, A. (ed.) & Vanhala, S. (ed.) (2010). Leadership through the gender lens: women and men in organizations. Helsinki: Edita Publishing Oy (Hanken School of Economics Research Reports 71).

Conference papers

Strid, S. & Husu, L. (2015). The intersectional (re)structuring of equality architectures: comparing case Sweden and case Finland. In: 3rd "Equal is not Enough" Conference. 2015. Paper presented at 3rd "Equal is not Enough" Conference: Exploring novel theoretical and empirical approaches to the shaping of (in)equalities, Antwerp, Belgium, Februar 4-6, 2015.
Hearn, J. , Strid, S. & Husu, L. (2014). Interrogating violence against women and state violence policy through gendered intersectionalities and intersectional gender: local, national and transnational contexts. Paper presented at International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014.
Husu, L. & Koskinen, P. (2010). What does it take to get to the top?: women at the top of technological research. In: Anne-Sophie Godfroy-Genin, Women in engineering and technology research the PROMETEA conference proceedings. Paper presented at Women in Engineering and Technology Research, 26-27 October 2007, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris (pp. 303-326). Berlin: Lit Verlag.

Conference proceedings (editor)

Strid, S. (ed.) , Husu, L. (ed.) & Gunnarsson, L. (ed.) (2012). Gender paradoxes in Changing Academic and Scientific Organisation(s): GEXcel Work in Progress Report, Volume X Proceedings from GEXcel Themes 11-12. Örebro: Örebro universitet (CFS Report Series 16).

Reports

Palmén, R. , Hearn, J. & Husu, L. (2016). Historical Perspectives and Future Scenarios. Barcelona, spain: GenPORT.
Lipinsky, A. , Ahlzweig, G. , Steinweg, N. , Getz, L. & GenPort consortium, G. (2015). GenPORT Analysis of Policy Environments. Cologne: GenPORT.
Palmén, R. , Bitusikova, A. & GenPORT Consortium, G. (2015). Institutional practices and processes. Barcelona: GenPORT (Research synthesis 3).
Hearn, J. , Husu, L. & Biricik, A. (2011). Advancing Excellence in Science through Gender Equality: genSET Capacity Building Report. Linköping: Tema Genus.
Pollitzer, E. , Crane, E. , Dale, H. , Blaszczuk, A. , Hearn, J. , Husu, L. , Kikis-Papadakis, K. , Urban, C. & et al. (2010). genSET Consensus Seminars.: The Gender Dimension in Science. Briefing Notes 1 and Supplement. .
Husu, L. (2010). Mot mera jämställda universitet: en internationell översikt över strategier och åtgärder. Stockholm: Delegationen för jämställdhet i högskolan (Delegationen för jämställdhet i högskolan, rapporter 2010:6).