University of Gothenburg

Nordic Research Funding Initiative on Sexual Harassment at Work

Violence, harassment and other forms of vulnerability in the workplace are major societal challenges with serious consequences for individuals and workplace organisations.

There are major gaps in our knowledge about methods for preventing and stopping violence and harassment, protecting victims and being proactive in workplace environments. Research and evidence-based knowledge is essential to be able to develop new and effective measures to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. 

With this background, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided on a cross-sectoral research initiative jointly with several sectors within the Nordic cooperation. These collaborative sectors were gender equality, culture, working life and the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People. 

A conference about the results from the projects granted funding was held on 30 October 2023 in Oslo: Nordic Conference: Prevent and Intervene - Ending Sexual Harassment at Work. The conference was filmed and can be viewed here: : Nordic Conference: Prevent and Intervene – Ending Sexual Harassment at Work (

Spanning 2021-2023, NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, administered a research initiative on sexual harassment in the workplace on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The initiative is especially focused on prevention and methods for intervention through industry studies and comparative studies of different industries. Two calls were made during 2021.

NIKK is a cooperation body under the Council of Ministers, placed at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.

We cooperate with
The Nordic Council, The Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality and LGBT at the Nordic Council of Ministers, researchers who have been granted funds within the initiative.