The session explores gender balance issues in academia, with a particular focus on the situation at the departmental level, and inclusion-oriented strategies of improvement.
Gender balance has remained a problem for academic institutions, not the least with regard to the relative number of women at the professorial level. The papers in this session argues that this challenge should be analyzed from the local level, departments of all disciplines and professions, rather than as a problem particular to science, engineering and medicine (STEM). They combine a gender studies approach with STS, arguing that improved gender balance has to be achieved by strategies combining a gender focus with analysis of scholarly practices as well as beliefs about gender in science (including engineering, medicine and human sciences). The papers present new findings about gender balance diversity and local strategies to address or ignore such issues. In this way, they contribute to STS research by developing an improved understanding of gender aspects of scholarly work as well as how such imbalances may be remedied.