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1st Edition

A Community of Practice Approach to Improving Gender Equality in Research

ISBN 9781032115658
Published August 3, 2022 by Routledge
238 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bringing together the latest research among various communities of practice (disciplinary and place based as well as thematically organised), this volume reflects upon the knowledge, experience and practice gained through taking a unique community of practice approach to fostering gender equality in the sectors of research and innovation, and higher education in Europe and beyond. Based on research funded by the European Union, it considers how inter-organisational collaboration can foster change for gender equality through sharing of experiences of Gender Equality Plan implementation and examining the role of measures such as change-monitoring systems. As such, it will appeal to social scientists with interests in organisational change, the sociology of work and gender equality.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Reflecting on a Community of Practice approach to institutional change for a greater gender equality in R&I and HE - Policy and practice

Jörg Müller and Rachel Palmén

2. Can a Community of Practice foster institutional change for gender equality?: Conceptualising 'Community of Political Practice'

Aleksandra Thomson, Sarah H. Barnard, Tarek M. Hasssan and Andrew Dainty

3. The development of the Gender Equality Audit and Monitoring survey

Kevin Guyan, Amanda Aldercotte, Jörg Müller, Maria Caprile and Sergi Yanes Torrado

4. Co-creation Methods for Communities of Practice: Towards institutional change

Aleksandra Thomson, Kathrin Rabsch, Sarah Barnard, Tarek M. Hasssan and Andrew Dainty

5. Communities of Practice and gender equality: Fostering structural change in research and academia in Central and Eastern Europe

Paulina Sekula, Ewelina Ciaputa, Marta Warat, Ewa Krzaklewska, Sarah Beranek and Sybille Reidl

6. Alternative infrastructure for gender equality in academic institutions in Slovenia: Community of Practice approach

Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc

7. Disciplinary Communities of Practice for a greater gender equality in physics & life sciences

Sonja Reiland, Rachel Palmén and Lisa Kamlade

8. A gender budgeting Community of Practice and targeted implementation projects: A potential to challenge gender biases in decision-making in research organisations?

Laufey Axelsdóttir, Finnborg Salome Steinþórsdóttir and Þorgerður J. Einarsdóttir

9. Sustainability and gender equality: A co-creation and Communities of Practice approach

Areti Damala, Chloé Mour and Anne-Sophie Godfroy

10. Benefits and limits of a CoP approach to promote gender equality in R&I

Sybille Reidl, Sarah Beranek and Florian Holzinger

11. Scaling up: From Communities of Practice to the three ERA gender equality and mainstreaming objectives: careers, decision-making and integrating the gender dimension into research and educational content

Kathrin Rabsch, Rachel Palmén, Maria Caprile, Claartje Vinkenburg and Karolina Kublickiene

12. Concluding remarks: Towards Communities of Practice for greater gender equality

Rachel Palmén and Jörg Müller

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Rachel Palmén is Senior Researcher in the Gender and ICT Research Programme, IN3, at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain, and at Notus Barcelona, Spain. She has worked on various gender and science research projects, including GenPORT, EFFORTI, TARGET and ACT. Her main research interests include gender (in)equalities in R&I and institutional transformation. She is the coordinator of INSPIRE: The European Centre of Excellence on Inclusive Gender Equality in Research & Innovation.

Jörg Müller is Senior Researcher in the Gender and ICT Research Programme, IN3, at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain. He has coordinated several EC projects on gender equality and science, including GenPORT, GEDII and ACT. His main research interest focuses on relational and practice-based accounts of inequalities using new methodological approaches.