Research study on sexual harassment in academia
The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is working with a national research study as part of the Research and cooperation programme to combat sexual harassment and gender-based violence. The study will investigate the occurrence, scope and consequences of sexual harassment in academia in Sweden. The survey was sent out in May 2021 and reached a representative sample of employees and students at universities and higher education institutions in Sweden. The study will be the first of its kind and seeks to provide data for more effective work to combat sexual harassment in academia.
The ambition of the prevalence study is to gain a better picture of why sexual harassment occurs, who the victims are, who the perpetrators are, the different forms that harassment victimisation takes, where it occurs, how long it lasts and what the consequences are for the victims, for the perpetrators, for working groups and for the work and study environment itself. The survey is designed to capture the diversity of exposure of harassment, identify links to different grounds for discrimination, distinguish between different forms of harassment, and examine exposure of harassment over time, severity, and structural conditions.
The material gathered will enable more in-depth part-studies and new research questions in the field. The study has been ethically reviewed and accredited by the Swedish Ethical Review Authority and the confidentiality of respondents is of the utmost priority.