University of Gothenburg


Higher education in sport and sport institutions is characterised by unequal conditions and widespread issues of gender-based vulnerability, racism and homophobia. SUPPORTER (Securing Sports Education Through Innovative and Inclusive Gender Equality Plans) is an EU project funded under Horizon-Widera 2022 that aims to contribute to more inclusive gender equality in the European Research Area (ERA) through a focus on sports education.

The project supports eight institutions in their efforts to develop intersectional, inclusive and impactful gender equality plans, tailored to sports colleges and universities. Building on subject matter expertise and research-based approaches to knowledge exchange and training, the project creates a programme of capacity building and mutual learning. The project also provides support and mentoring for the development of gender equality plans and has the long-term potential to contribute to change in more institutions, in line with the objectives of the Ljubljana Declaration.

SUPPORTER is coordinated by the European Science Foundation (ESF). The University of Gothenburg's project team consists of Sofia Strid (project manager), Karin Grahn, Suzanne Lundvall and secretariat researcher Angelica Simonsson. The project starts in April 2023 and ends in September 2025.

We cooperate with
European Science Foundation in France, South-East European Research Centre in Greece, eight higher sports institutions and the Swedish research leader Sofia Strid, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg. 

People exercising
Photo: Gabin Vallet/Unsplash

Read more: EU-project will help sports institutions become more gender equal

Publications on the subject

Re-imagining Sexual Harassment – Perspectives from the Nordic Region
(link to the publication at Policy Press)

Authors: Sumaya Jirde Ali, Silas Aliki, Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir, Elin Bjarnegård, Dolores Calvo, Paulina de los Reyes, Åsa Eldén, Anne Hellum, Anne Laure Humbert, Mads Ananda Lodahl, Silje Lundgren, Maja Lundqvist, Heta Mulari, Angelica Simonsson, Lea Skewes, Sigbjørn Skåden, Sofia Strid and Kajsa Widegren (2023)

Editors: Maja Lundqvist, Angelica Simonsson och Kajsa Widegren.

The book is available in bookstores and via the publisher Policy Press, an imprint of Bristol University Press, and OpenAcess.