Understanding gender imbalances among university professors
The shaping and reshaping of epistemic living spaces
Gender imbalance among university professors is a persistent problem. Although the share of women full professors has increased from 13% in 2000 to 26% in 2015 in Norway, the gender gap persists. Gender imbalance is not only a problem at specific faculties (e.g. engineering) but can very drastically between departments. For instance, the percentage of women full professors varied between 14% and 71% at the departments of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU. At the same time, universities are also drastically changing in order to accommodate shifts such as new public management measures, new imaginaries about what a university should be, and increased pressure on academics to improve their performance with respect to teaching, publishing, innovation, and outreach. To understand this changing landscape, we need to explore how gender imbalances are produced in the day to day work at universities. In other words, how gender imbalances are embedded in scientific cultures.
In the newly started project “Understanding gender imbalances among university professors: the shaping and reshaping of epistemic living spaces (GENDIM)” we aim to use ‘epistemic living spaces’ (Felt, 2009) as a key concept to unpack the way gender issues and gender policies are intertwined with the day to day work at universities. In this presentation, I aim to present this concept and discuss its potential in opening new ways for understanding and responding to questions of gender balance among university professors.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).