Threats and hatred against researchers and teachers are mapped
In February, a survey will be conducted on exposure to threats and hatred among researchers and teachers at Swedish universities and higher education institutions. The survey is the first of its kind in Sweden, and is a collaboration between The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers, SULF, The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, SUHF and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg.
The opportunity to participate in the public debate has increased in recent years, with shorter contact routes, a more open public conversation and a lower threshold for participation. At the same time, it has led to an increased risk of being exposed to hatred and threats.
In recent years, several cases of hatred and threats against researchers and teachers at Swedish universities and higher education institutions have attracted attention in the national media. The reporting describes, among other things, events aimed at researchers working with migration, animal experiments, gender, gender equality and public health.
SULF, SUHF and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research have therefore taken the initiative for a survey, which will be sent out in February to all professional SULF members. The survey will, among other things, examine the proportion of respondents who have been exposed, what they have been exposed to, what disciplines they represent, what consequences hatred / threats have for those exposed, and what support they have received.
The survey results will be analyzed and presented in a report. The purpose of the study is to improve the preventive work and support for those who are exposed.
The survey is the first of its kind in Sweden concerning researchers and university teachers. It has been developed in dialogue with the research community, as well as with actors who have conducted similar surveys in neighboring professional groups.
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Contact person for the project is David Brax, researcher and senior analyst, at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research: