Despite the scale, the political significance and the growing interest in academia, gender-based violence in research organisations remains largely under-reported and under-researched. Without sufficient knowledge, infrastructure, measures, and activities in place in academia, it is difficult to fully prevent, protect or even prosecute.
UniSAFE is an EU-funded project that aims to produce better knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual harassment (SH) in research performing organisations, and to translate this knowledge into operational tools for higher education, research organisations and policymakers.
Over three years, UniSAFE will provide up-to-date, robust and reliable quantitative and qualitative data on GBV and SH, including newly emerging forms of violence, in universities and research performing organisations.
Research and outreach activities targeting researchers, stakeholders and policymakers will be led across EU for three years. The project will analyse the mechanisms of GBV and SH – its social determinants, antecedents and consequences – at three different levels, using a holistic research model. This in-depth knowledge of existing problems, current and future priorities will result in an operational toolkit and recommendations to reduce GBV and SH in the European academic and research area.
UniSAFE relies on a strong multi-disciplinary consortium of nine European partners. Several researchers at The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is part of the Swedish team, led by Örebro University, and contributes with research expertise on GBV and SH on two main tasks:
- Developing a survey on prevalence and impacts, covering 45 research organisations (with 450 000 respondents) in 15 EU Member States
- Performing a research analysis of current policies on GBV and SH in EU27