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.

We also work with the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), the Swedish Association for Gender Researchers and the National Association for Gender Studies . 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.

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.

Research cooperation with Diskrimineringsombudsmannen

During the period 2020-2021 the secretariat is cooperating with Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (The Equality Ombudsman – DO) in their work to develop a research overview on sexual harassment in working life. The secretariat contribute 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.

The research overview aims at providing a picture of the current scientific knowledge base regarding sexual harassment and preventative methods in Swedish and Nordic working life. In turn, such knowledge can serve as a foundation for different actors within working life, in their ambition to conform to the Discrimination Act in practice.

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. The secretariat has been engaged in long-term collaboration with KvinnSam on the Gena database, which contains references to Swedish doctoral theses in women’s studies, men’s studies and gender studies.