The higher education sector is no exception, both at local level in the first cycle education run by departments at higher education institutions, and at national and EU level among agencies financed by research funding.
The role of research is not solely to identify problems and provide solutions. To at least as high an extent, its role is also to critically analyse the SDGs and who they benefit. There are knowledge gaps that stand in the way of progress towards the SDGs, and there is a need for epistemological perspectives, including the gender perspective, that can strengthen the capacity of research to tackle complex societal challenges.
Highly familiar with the field of gender studies, the secretariat works with other actors in Sweden, the Nordic countries and the EU on research-driven analyses to contribute towards better knowledge of sustainability and gender. Amongst other things, this concerns the conditions in which research and education are conducted, circumstances in working life and in the labour market, and demographic and technological development.