10. Sex, Gender and Intersectional Matters

Sex, Gender and Intersectional Matters in Academic Knowledge Production

Convenors: Mervi Heikkinen, University of Oulu

Contact: mervi.heikkinen (at) oulu.fi

Format: Hybrid

According to the European Commission study 1,8% of all research published between 2013-2018 included content on sex or gender dimension. At a global level, the percentage of publications addressing sex or gender was 1,66% in the same period. These figures reveal that gender responsibility in produced knowledge is still marginal.

Major research funding organisations (RFOs) are increasing the demand for the gender dimension in research, thereby challenging researchers to review their research plans accordingly. Horizon Europe - European Union’s research funding program for the years 2021-2027 has an ambitious €95 billion budget, as well as strengthened provision for gender equality consisting of two measures in research grant applications: 1) a mandatory requirement of a sex and gender analysis of the proposed research project and 2) a gender equality plan of the research host institution as an eligibility criterion. These two requirements focus on gender in relation to the content of the study and the institutional arrangement that both are assumed to have an impact on the quality of the research results e.g. in a form of accuracy and non-discrimination.

The session welcomes papers elaborating e.g. on the current research funding policies aiming to improve gender responsibility of the produced knowledge, and/or the implications of these policies on research practices and processes, and/or practical cases i.e. research projects, that aim to result in scientific excellence in research by implementing sex, gender and intersectional analysis in general, and on the Arctic in particular.