Grant for project on gender and networks in academic advancements

Mathias Wullum Nielsen, Ea Høg Utoft, Maria Lehmann Nielsen, Mathilde Cecchini and Thomas Ryan receive DKK 190.000 from AU for their project "Gender and Networks in Early-career Academic Advancements".

2018.03.08 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Ea Høg Utoft, Maria Lehmann Nielsen, Mathilde Cecchini and Mathias Wullum Nielsen (Thomas Ryan was not present when the photo was taken). Photo: The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, click for full version

About the project:
Progress in women’s participation as postdocs and associate professors at Aarhus University remains slow. Therefore, this project will explore the effects of gendered networking practices on career outcomes.

Networks are a quintessential component of the successful academic career, as such, the project strives to raise institutional awareness about gender bias in academic networking and develop tailor-made strategies for overcoming such biases.

To achieve this, a deeper understanding of how exactly the typical network characteristics of women and men differ is needed. The project will employ a three-step, action-based research methodology, incl. a university-wide survey, focus groups at all faculties and various dissemination activities.

The project is anchored within the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus BSS, which has more than ten years of experience with research on gender in academia, and the local Gender Equity Committee (GEC) of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (S&T) will partner the project.

Project group:

  • Mathias Wullum Nielsen, assistant professor, The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy
  • Ea Høg Utoft, PhD, The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy
  • Maria Lehmann Nielsen, research assistant, The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy
  • Mathilde Cecchini, PhD, Department of Political Science
  • Thomas Ryan, PhD, The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy  
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