Across research institutions, gender imbalances still exist and are widely tolerated: few of the top positions in academia are occupied by women, and women still experience slow career progression. To tackle these issues, it’s important to define concrete objectives and employ measures on an individual, cultural and structural level.

Structural changes in particular ensure lasting and sustainable effects. A powerful tool for this kind of change are Gender Equality Plans (GEPs), that can play a key role in achieving gender equality in higher education and research organizations.

What are Gender Equality Plans?

Gender Equality Plans are plans that include gender as a key criteria or variable, as a way to integrate a gender dimension into policy. These plans can serve as a monitoring tool for Gender Equality.

However, Gender Equality Plans cannot reach their full potential without the use of Gender Budgeting (GB): gender-based assessment of budgets, that incorporate a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process in order to promote gender equality. Budgets reflect real policy committments, and ensure the sustainability of measures.

What is LeTSGEPs?

LeTSGEPs (Leading Towards Sustainable Gender Equality Plans in research institutions) will support the design and implementation of Gender Equality Plans and Gender Budgeting in six different institutions and their countries.

To design actions that will address gender bias in research performing organizations (RPOs), the project will form a network of partners with different levels of experience in Gender Equality Plans and Gender Budgeting: they will work together to design a common methodology to implement GEPs in their environment.

The local staff will be actively involved, so to learn how to design GEPs tailored to specific issues, and how to implement GB. Each institution will be guided by a Mentor, a professional expert in Gender Equality Plans and Gender Budgeting that will support the local staff in every step of the project and ensure implementation consistency.

Laia López Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM)/Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Dr. Silvia Donoso López Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM)/Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Dr. Ulla Weber Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG)
Prof. Luisa Pulejo University of Messina (UNIME)
Aleksandra Drecun Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MISANU)
Prof. Ulpiana Kocollari University of Tirana (UT)
Matthieu Lafon Cergy Paris Université (CY)

The implementation of these tailored plans will be continuously monitored and adjusted, to work towards the most effective measures for systemic change within the institution.

The project is coordinated by Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), a leading Italian university with established experience in Gender Budgeting; RWTH Aachen University is in charge of monitoring and evaluating the project.

Within LeTSGEPs, the partners will follow the Gender Equality in Academia and Research GEAR tool, developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (2016), and will work with the support of a highly qualified Scientific Advisory Board.

Advisory Board
Prof. Siri Terjesen, Norway School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway Context analysis and Gender Equality Assessment
Prof. David Card, Professor of Economics, University of California Berkeley, USA Gender Equality Assessment in RPOs
Prof. Ronald Oaxaca, McClelland Professor of Economics Emeritus Department of Economics Eller College of Management University of Arizona Gender Pay Gap and Inequalities in RPOs
Prof. Arthur Van Soest, Professor of Econometrics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Gender Equality Awareness in RPOs
Prof. Elena Stancanelli, Paris School of Economics, France Gender Equality Awareness in RPOs
Prof. Gulay Gunluk-Senesen, Faculty of Political Sciences, Istanbul University, Turkey Gender Budgeting Research and Implementation
Dr. Angela O’Hagan, Department of Social Sciences at Glasgow School for Business; Society and Deputy Director of the Wise Centre for Economic Justice, UK Gender Budgeting Research and Implementation
Dr. Anita Thaler, Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IZF), Austria Gender Equality Training, GEP
Implementation in RPOs