Gender and the Academy Research Working Group

The ISS21 Gender and the Academy Research Working Group is a network of academics from across the social and political sciences in UCC, working on and interested in, research on gender in the academy.

With a feminist lens, we endeavour to address questions on the gendered and gendering nature of academic institutions; on the role of gender equality strategies and initiatives in addressing inequalities in the academy; on the role playing by gendered power relations; on the role of intersectionalities with gender, including precarity; the question of agency and resistance within the academy

This group is connected to the ISS21 Genders, Sexualities and Families Research Cluster and builds upon the Post-GENOVATE* Research Group.

ISS21 has a strong track record of research on gender and the academy. Current and past projects hosted by the Institute include:

We look forward to collaborating with colleagues from across UCC, Ireland and internationally on these research endeavours!

Members of the working group:
Select publications by group members:

Archibong, U.A., O'Mullane, M., Kállayová,D., Karodia, N., Ní Laoire, C., and Picardi, I (2016) ‘Guided reflection as an organisational learning [and data collection] tool in a Gender Equality Change Management Programme’, International Journal of Organisational Diversity, 16(1): 19-34.

Courtois, A and O'Keefe, T. (2015) 'Precarity in the ivory cage: Neoliberalism and casualisation of work in the Irish higher education sector', Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 12(5), May.

Maxwell, N, Connolly, L, Ní Laoire, C. (2019) Informality, emotion and gendered career paths: The hidden toll of maternity leave on female academics and researchers, Gender, Work and Organisation 26: 140–157.

Ní Laoire, C., Linehan, C., Archibong, U., Picardi, I, Udén, M. (2020) 'Context matters: Problematizing the policy‐practice interface in the enactment of gender equality action plans in universities', Gender, Work and Organization 28(2): 575-592.

O'Grada, A., Ni Laoire, C., Linehan, C., Boylan, G., Connolly, L. (2015) 'Naming the parts: a case-study of a gender equality initiative with academic women', Gender in Management: An International Journal, 30(5):358-378.

O'Keefe, T. and Courtois, A. (2020) 'Who does the "housework of the university" during a pandemic? The  impact of Covid-19 on precarious women working in universities', Gender & Society, 30 June.

O'Keefe, T. and Courtois. A. (2019) "‘Not one of the family": Gender and precarious work in the neoliberal university', Gender, Work & Organization, 26(4): 463-479.

O’Mullane, M. (2021) ‘Developing a theoretical framework for exploring the institutional responses to the Athena SWAN Charter in higher education institutions (HEIs)- A Feminist Institutionalist Perspective,’ Irish Journal of Sociology, OnlineFirst



*GENOVATE (Transforming organisational culture for gender equality in research and innovation) (2013-2017) was an EC funded (FP7) pan European project. It sought to facilitate organisational change through the implementation of contextualised gender equality plans in academic institutions. UCC was a partner of the GENOVATE consortium, along with universities in the United Kingdom (project leader), Turkey, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Slovakia.

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