University of Gothenburg

Network for Intersectional Research into Higher Education - NIRHE

This is a network about research in higher education from an intersectional power perspective (Crenshaw 1991, de los Reyes, Molina & Mulinari 2006). It is a forum where researchers from different scientific disciplines, with different perspectives, but with partly overlapping research questions can meet.

About the network

Higher education is an institution and work place in continuous change, lately influenced by the neo-liberal ideas with focus on market adjustment. Higher education did change towards increased recruitment of students form different social groups to once again strengthen the former selection principles. Examples are reduced initiatives with the intention to increasing the proportion of mature students; decreased funding of higher education institutions, mostly affecting the university colleges; and increased competition for external research funding facilitating those who already have established networks and research groups.

At the same time research about higher education as a study- and work place has expanded substantially the latest years. Feminist research about gender equality in higher education has contributed to a development of multidisciplinary knowledge, engaging researcher from sociology, political science, education, psychology among others. As the denomination also indicates, research about gender equality in higher education tends to focus on one differentiating category, gender, in its analyses. Invisible becomes the way in which gender interact with other social structures that contributes to inequality. In this network we intend to build on the important research done within the field of gender equality in higher education and add an intersectional power perspective. Members of the network study the interplay between different social categories such as gender, age, ethnicity, social class, academic position and how these are constructed, and construct different conditions for the distribution of power and resources on different levels in higher education.

The network makes it possible for researchers in Europe to cooperate around different conditions for studies and work within higher education at different levels (individual, institutional and governmental). Via the multidisciplinary and multimethodological cooperation, the network can contribute to methodological and theoretical development of intersectional studies about higher education.

The network is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and defray travelling costs and one day expenses for European members once a year. The funding runs from 2011 to 2013 inclusive.

Teachers’ images. The case of Greece
By Efrosyni-Alkisti Paraskevopoulou-Kollia
Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 978-3-659-28533-2

Kvinner og menns karriereløp i norsk forskning
By Agnete Vabø, Hebe Gunnes, Cathrine Tømte, Ann Cecilie Bergene and Cathrine Egeland
Nordisk institutt for studier av innovasjon, forskning og utdanning. Rapport 9/2012

Men and Masculinities Around the World: Transforming Men's Practices
Edited by Elisabetta Ruspini, Jeff Hearn, Bob Pease and Keith Pringle
Palgrave Macmillan, 10/11/2011
ISBN: 978-0-230-10715-1, ISBN10: 0-230-10715-X

Travelling Towards a Mirage?
By Tanya Fitzgerald and Jane Wilkinson
Mt. Gravatt Qld, Australia, Post Pressed, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-921214-68-4

Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education: A feminised future?
By Carole Leathwood and Barbara Read
SRHE and Open University Press, 2009
ISBN 978-0335-22713-6

Respecting Difference. Good practice guide in teaching race, faith and culture.
By Heidi Safia Mirza and Veena Meetoo
Institute of Education, University of London, IOE, 2012.

…and most recent articles:

Berggren, C. (2011). Gender Equality Policies in Swedish Higher Education. Journal of Education and Work, 24(1/2), 141-161.

Forbes, J., Öhrn, E. & Weiner, G. (2011). Slippage and/or Symbolism: Gender, Policy and Educational Governance in Scotland and Sweden. Gender and Education, 23(6), 761-776.

Morley, L. (2012). Researching Absences and Silences in Higher Education: Data for Democratisation. Journal of Higher Education Research and Development, 31(3), 353-368.

Morely, L. & Croft, A. (2011). Agency and Advocacy: disabled students in higher education in Ghana and Tanzania. Research in Comparative and International Education, 6(4), 383-399.

Morley, L. (2011). Sex, grades and power in higher education in Ghana and Tanzania. Cambridge Journal of Education, 41(1), 101-115.
DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2010.549453

Morley, L. (2011). Gender mainstreaming: myths and measurement in higher education in Ghana and Tanzania. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 40(4) 533-550. DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2010.490377

Morley, L. (2011). Misogyny posing as measurement: disrupting the
feminisation crisis discourse. Contemporary Social Science, 6:2, 223-235 DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2011.580615


Assoc. Prof. Caroline Berggren, University of Gothenburg
Assoc. Prof. Carina Carlhed, Uppsala University
Prof. Paula Mählck, Stockholm University
Dr. Charlotte Silander, Linnaeus University


Dr. Petra Angervall, University of Gothenburg
Dr. Maria Carbin, Umeå University
Assoc. Prof. Marta Edling, Uppsala University
Dr. Kate Hoskins, Roehampton University, UK
Dr. Birgitta Jordansson, University of Gothenburg
Laila Kadiwal, School of Educaiton and Social Work, University of London
Dr. Britt-Inger Keisu, Umeå University
Prof. Carole Leathwood, London Metropolitan University, U.K.
Dr. Ida Lidegran, Uppsala University
Prof. Ulf Mellström, Luleå University of Technology
Prof. Heidi Safia Mirza, Goldsmith College, University of London, UK
Prof. Louise Morley, University of Sussex, UK
Dr. Efrosyni-Alkisti Paraskevopoulou-Kollia, University of Central Greece
Prof. Keith Pringle, Uppsala University
Dr. Barbara Read, School of Education, University of Glasgow, Sc
Dr. Malin Rönnblom, Umeå University
Research Leader Agnete Vabø, NIFU, Norway
Prof. Elisabet Öhrn, University of Gothenburg