The Nordic region - a step closer to gender balance in research?

Joint Nordic strategies and measures to promote gender balance among researchers in academia

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Nearly 80 per cent of all professors in the Nordic region are men. Gender balance in academia is therefore an important research policy issue. Hitherto it has been scarcely debated on a joint Nordic level. This report shows the status and the development in the field. The report gives examples of successful practices and highlights research policy challenges that are important to analyse in a gender and equality perspective. Given the lack of comparative investigations and research on the gender balance in academia in the Nordic region, there is a need to develop Nordic cooperation in this field. The report concludes with a number of recommendations in order to consolidate the issue of gender balance in academia as a joint policy- and research field in the Nordic region.

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What action has been taken in the Nordic region to improve the gender balance in academia?

In an international perspective, the Nordic countries became involved in gender equality issues at a relatively early stage, both generally and in education and research policy. Since the 1980s, the Nordic countries have implemented a variety of different types of measures aimed at improving the gender balance in academia. Gender equality measures have been implemented within the education and research sectors, in national research councils, and at universities, university colleges and independent research institutes. These measures have focused on improving the gender balance in specific subject areas, position categories and institutions or in academia and the research sector in general.

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