1st Edition

The Gender-Sensitive University A Contradiction in Terms?

Edited By Eileen Drew, Siobhán Canavan Copyright 2021
    208 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Gender-Sensitive University explores the prevailing forces that pose obstacles to driving a gender-sensitive university, which include the emergence of far-right movements that seek to subvert advances towards gender equality and managerialism that promotes creeping corporatism.

    This book demonstrates that awareness of gender equality and gender sensitivity are essential for pulling contemporary academia back from the brink. New forms of leadership are fundamental to reforming our institutions. The concept of a gender-sensitive university requires re-envisioning academia to meet these challenges, as does a different engagement of men and a shift towards fluidity in how gender is formulated and performed. Academia can only be truly gender sensitive if, learning from the past, it can avoid repeating the same mistakes and addressing existing and new biases. The book chapters analyse these challenges and advocate the possibilities to ‘fix it forward’ in all areas.

    Representing ten EU countries and multiple disciplines, contributors to this volume highlight the evidence of persistent gender inequalities in academia, while advocating a blueprint for addressing them. The book will be of interest to a global readership of students, academics, researchers, practitioners, academic and political leaders and policymakers who share an interest in what it takes to establish gender-sensitive universities.

    This book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

    1. An Overview of Gender Inequality in EU Universities

    Rodrigo Rosa, Eileen Drew and Siobhán Canavan

    2. The Challenge of Neoliberalism and Precarity for Gender-Sensitivity in Academia

    Rodrigo Rosa and Sara Clavero

    3. Gender in Academic Recruitment and Selection

    Mathias Wullum Nielsen

    4. In Pursuit of Career Advancement in Academia: Do Gendered Pathways Exist?

    Mary Kinahan, Julie Dunne and Jean Cahill

    5. Work-Life Balance in Academia: Myth or Reality?

    Eileen Drew and Claire Marshall

    6. Sexual Violence on Campus: Objectification, Awareness Raising and Response

    Marion Paoletti, Suzanne Quintin, Jane Gray-Sadran and Laure Squarcioni

    7. Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Lessons from Queen’s University, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin

    Yvonne Galligan, Tony McMahon and Tom Millar

    8. Men and Masculinities in Academia: Towards Gender-Sensitive Perspectives, Processes, Policies and Practices

    Jeff Hearn

    9. Unconscious Bias in Academia: A Threat to Meritocracy and What to Do About It

    Jadranka Gvozdanović and Jemimah Bailey

    10. Change Management to Initiate and Accelerate Gender Equality

    Jemimah Bailey and Eileen Drew

    11. Understanding Leadership in Higher Education as a Tool for Change in Relation to Gender

    Andrew Power

    12. Addressing Gender Inequality in Academia: The Role of Irish Funding Agencies

    Annie Doona

    13. What Does Not Happen: Interrogating a Tool for Building a Gender-Sensitive University

    Liisa Husu

    14. Towards a Gender-Sensitive University

    Rita Bencivenga and Eileen Drew


    Eileen Drew coordinated the EU-Horizon 2020 Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Project. She is a Professor in Trinity College, Dublin, and Director of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership.

    Siobhán Canavan is a Visiting Research Associate in the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership, Trinity College, Dublin.