University of Gothenburg

Research and higher education policy in a new era

What is needed in a free knowledge society? The theme addresses issues of knowledge and conditions for working with knowledge development. Higher education institutions are analysed both as workplaces with their specific working conditions and as part of a sphere of greater importance for a democratic society.

The importance of scientific analyses, facts and results is questioned today. Authoritarian, populist, and nationalist ideological currents aim in particular to invalidate critical knowledge perspectives, such as those that make visible vulnerable minorities, exclusionary norms around gender, body and ethnicity, and how power and oppression create inequality. In this context, it is particularly important to emphasise the specific conditions of gender researchers and gender scientists. But within the academic structures there are also problems. Therefore, we also focus on the vulnerability of teachers, researchers and students to hate, threats and gender-based violence.

We cooperate with, amongst others
The Research Funding organizations cooperation group for gender equality, Sveriges Genusforskare förbund (SGF), Ämnesföreningen för genusvetenskap (ÄG) in Sweden, Kilden, Norway, The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers (SULF), Brottsförebyggande rådet (Brå), reserachers in Norway and Finland, Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, Swedish Gender Equality Agency, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, the European Commission, national Ministries of Education and national research funds in the EU member countries, European Science Foundation in France and South-East European Research Centre in Greece.