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Research group

Gender and knowledge production

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Liisa Husu

Research subject

Research environments

This research group focuses on gender dynamics of know­­ledge production within different societal, economic, legislative, cultural, scientific and educational settings, natio­­nally, transnationally and globally. Gender paradoxes in how academic and scientific organisations and organising are changing and being changed are interrogated. One of the start­­ing points is the notion of persistent gender inequalities cha­­rac­­terising the major institutions shaping knowledge production. Ma­­ny of the chan­­ges in knowledge production, both long-term macro trends such as internationalisation, technological change as well as policies for change such as emphasis on excellence, top performance and competition, or researcher mobility, appear as seemingly non-gendered, or are often represented as such. Multiple arenas and actors are of interest, from academia, research and research funding organisations, from policy makers and institutional leaders shaping the conditions of know­­ledge production, to research groups, researchers, engineers, teachers and administrators, as well as recipients of education and training. Furthermore, the research field analyses the inter­­con­­­­nec­­tions of gendered structures and cultures of knowledge production organisations and organising to research agendas, careers, conceptualisations, knowledge transfer and translation. Gender dynamics of national, regional and international research policy are explored, by analysing policy-making, policy stakeholder organisations, and policy-makers and gatekeepers. 

Researchers: Liisa Husu; Anne-Charlott Callerstig; Jeff Hearn; Marion Pajumets; Ulf Sandström; Heike Kahlert (affilierad to CFS); Marieke van den Brink (affilierad till CFS)

External collaborating researchers: Suzanne de Cheveigné, CNRS, France; Inger Jonsson, Uppsala university; Anke Lipinsky, GESIS – Leibnitz Institute for Social Sciences, Germany Louise Morley, Sussex University, UK; Teresa Rees, Cardiff University, UK; Kristina Rolin, University of Helsinki; Angela Wroblewski, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna