University of Gothenburg

National collaboration

For many years, the secretariat has worked with several national actors in research and higher education policy, including research councils and other government agencies. We also have continuous dialogues with labour market actors such as unions and government agencies.

Our cooperation takes several different forms. It might involve arranging or participating in different kinds of seminars and discussions or working in expert groups, as well as producing academic reports and initiating research. For example, the secretariat has been commissioned to compile research reviews by the Swedish Research Council and Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). Currently, the secretariat is a driving force in a cross-sectoral collaborative programme on gender-based victimisation in academia, described in more detail below.

We have also cooperated with Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (The Equality Ombudsman – DO) in their work to develop a research overview on sexual harassment in working life. The secretariat contributed to the scientific quality assurance of this work in different ways, for instance by carrying out systematic literature searches, by ensuring the appropriate sample and by assisting with continuous input on drafts of the written report.

Another example of national cooperation partners: Karolinska institutet (KI), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Malmö University. Together with them we launched a Research and cooperation programme to combat sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

Research and cooperation programme to combat sexual harassment and gender-based violence

On 8 March 2019 a research and cooperation programme was launched focusing on how the Swedish higher education sector can jointly improve the working and studying environment at our higher education institutions. The aim of the programme is to establish research-based knowledge on inclusive working and study environments and sustainable organisation to prevent sexual harassment and gender-based violence in academia. Ultimately, the programme will help to reinforce and intensify work on the organizational culture of higher education institutions, with a focus on quality, sustainable development, working environment, leadership, gender equality and equal terms.

The programme was set up on the initiative of Karolinska institutet (KI), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Malmö University and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg, but is based on cooperation between seats of learning in Sweden. The secretariat participates in the programme’s steering group, research group and is leading a research study on prevalence, together with researchers at KI.

Threats and Hate against Representatives of Academia

Hatred and threats against those working with, or in other ways contributing to, the democratic dialogue is increasingly becoming a widespread problem in our time. The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is working to survey and analyse the prevalence of, causes of and consequences of hate and threats made towards those who work in higher education. The aim is to improve preventive efforts and provide greater support for those exposed to hate and threats.

We cooperate with

The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers(SULF), Brottsförebyggande rådet (Brå), researchers in Norge and Finland

Here you can read more about the project om our website

Conditions and career paths for gender researchers

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has carried out a study of the career paths of those who have achieved a doctorate in Gender Studies and of subject-integrated gender researchers, both within and outside academia. The study also incorporates a review of the funding situation in the field.

We cooperate with

The study has been undertaken in partnership with representatives from Sveriges genusforskarförbund (SGF – the Swedish Association for Gender Researchers), Ämnesföreningen för genusvetenskap (ÄG – the National Association for Gender Studies) and the Secretariat’s Nordic sister organisation Kilden.

Here you can read more about the project on our website

Collaboration within
the University of Gothenburg

National units

The University of Gothenburg is the host university of several units with national responsibilities: the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, the Swedish National Resource Centre for Mathematics, the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (Nordicom), the Swedish National Data Service, the Segerstedt Institute, the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research. The units are in dialogue on mutual topics and questions.

KvinnSam at Gothenburg University Library

KvinnSam – National Resource Library for Gender Studies, is a university-wide research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg based in the Humanities Library. Its work involves monitoring and cataloguing literature on gender issues, collecting, organising and cataloguing archive material on women’s history and providing a reference service.

The secretariat is represented on KvinnSam’s board and also works with KvinnSam to conduct systematic searches of the literature when producing research reviews.