GendeResearchIreland is a four-year fellowship research project located in ISS21 and conducted by Dr Monica O’Mullane, a Research Fellow funded by the EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme. GendeResearchIreland will explore gender equality in Irish higher education through qualitative research on Athena SWAN, a gender equality programme which seeks to promote good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science and research. Based on qualitative case studies in three higher education institutions, the project seeks to understand the role, position and perception of Athena SWAN within Irish higher education. The research will look in particular at how Athena SWAN is being adopted and utilised in higher education, how institutions respond to the change process implied in the initiative, and why the processes of Athena SWAN vary in different contexts. Monica will work with Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire, who was the Irish PI on the multi-country FP7 funded GENOVATE (Transforming Organisational Culture for Gender Equality in Research and Innovation) project, in which Monica also participated, as scientific coordinator of the Slovak partner team.

GendeResearchIreland runs from 2018 to 2022.

Contact: Dr. Monica O'Mullane,

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