Structural Change Implementation Toolkit. A Practical Guide to Address Gender Bias in Academia and Research. ISBN: 978-84-617-8856-9
Authors: María Amor Barros del Río and Inés Sánchez de Madariaga
This practical guide provides faculty and decision makers in universities with tools that will help them identify and address gender bias. The guide is written in a simple, accessible way; it is also intentionally brief, selective, and easy to use. Its purpose is mainly pedagogical because raising awareness on these issues is still a very basic needed initiative, particularly in technological institutions.
But, Why does gender bias need to be addressed? There is an important body of literature and empirical evidence showing that gender bias plays a relevant role in the evaluation of merit in scientific fields, contributes to gender stereotypes and even may lead to situations of sexual and psychological harassment.
This toolkit goes through all these issues helping to identify conscious and unconscious bias, and the most frequent inequalities in the processes of hiring, promoting and evaluating researchers and faculty staff. It also encourage to reflect about the way family and work-life balance is addressed in universities and research institutions. This publication provides ideas to identify, addressed and prevent sexual harassment, harassment on the grounds of gender and psychological harassment. All these issues include reference bibliography to get further information.
A Practical Guide to Address Gender Bias in Academia and Research is the third toolkit produced within the context of the COST policy driven network Gender, Science, Technology and Environment, genderSTE. The other two toolkits that we have produced address how to promote structural change in institutions, Cultural and Institutional Change Guidelines. Strategy and Recommendations, and how to integrate gender dimensions in industrial innovation, EU Guidelines for Gender Responsive Business and Innovation. We hope this collection of guidelines will be useful to researchers, engineers and decision makers wishing to address gender concerns in public and private universities, research centres and corporations.
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