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Gender inequality and precarity in European academia

There is a growing awareness across Europe of the issue of increasing use of short-term contracts and consequent precarity among researchers. Here we explore the impacts on women and implications for gender equality, academia and research. Chairs: Professor Susan Wright, Dr Barbara Read and Dr Charlotte Morris

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Tuesday 27 June 2023,  at 15:00 - 17:00


Fondation Universitaire Egmontstraat / Rue d'Egmont 11 - 1000 Brussel / Bruxelles


14:00   Coffee on arrival.
14:15   Welcome, introduction and overview of the session – Professor Susan Wright (project leader, University of Aarhus), Dr Charlotte Morris and Dr Barbara Read (group leaders)
14:30   Gender equality and precarity in academia: A perspective from Early Career Researchers – Dr Filomena Parada.
14:40   Gender, precarity and academic (im)mobilities – Marie Sautier.
14:50   Gendered Precarity in the Land of Doktorvaters– Dr Aysuda Kölemen.
15:00   Q&A, discussion.
15:20   Gender and precarity in academia – Dr Barbara Read. 
15:30   The effects of long-term academic precarity - Dr Aline Courtois.
15:40   Implications for higher education and research – Dr Charlotte Morris
15:50   Q&A, discussion.
16:10   Comfort break and refreshments.
16:15   Discussion.
16:45   Summary and closing remarks.
17:00   Close

You are welcome to join us for post-event drinks and networking.
This workshop is hosted by the Gender and precarity working group: European Universities-Critical Futures project funded by Danish Research Council and led by Professor Susan Wright.
Venue: Fondation Universitaire Egmontstraat / Rue d'Egmont  11 - 1000 Brussel / Bruxelles


Professor Susan Wright, University of Aarhus leads the ‘European Universities Critical Futures’ project funded by the Danish Research Council. This project encompasses multiple working groups including the ‘Gender and Precarity’ working group who are presenting at this workshop. https://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/id(dac60d3f-f220-4991-bde2-4b7bc84e8362).html

Dr Charlotte Morris is Senior Lecturer in Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. She holds a PhD Gender Studies from the University of Sussex. She specialises in gender and Higher Education, co-leads the ‘Gender and Precarity’ working group as part of the ‘European Universities Critical Futures’ project and has published in this field. https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/charlotte-morris

Dr Barbara Read is Reader in Gender and Social Inequalities at the University of Glasgow and co-leads the Gender and Precarity’ working group as part of the ‘European Universities Critical Futures’ project. She has published in this field, has led a wide range of projects on inequalities in education and is currently leading a project on gender in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/staff/barbararead/

Dr Filomena Parada has volunteered for Eurodoc since 2008. She coordinated the task force working on the Eurodoc Postdoc Survey. Previously, she represented Eurodoc in the Expert Group of OECD’s Global Science Forum project ‘Reducing the Precarity of Academic Research Careers and on Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers’. She also was a member of the team working on the Eurodoc Survey reported on and has held several leadership positions at Eurodoc. Currently, she is an auxiliary researcher at Lusófona University (Portugal).

Dr Aysuda Kölemen received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, Athens, USA in 2010. Shr is a comparative political scientist whose current work focuses on the combined threat that autocratization and precarious academic employment poses to academic freedom. She manages the Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative (TSI) at Bard College Berlin. She recently co-edited Academic Freedom and Precarity in the Global North: Free as a Bird with Aslı Vatansever (Routledge, 2022). She also co-hosts a weekly program on politics on Medyascope (a Turkish media outlet) with Ayşe Cavdar. https://berlin.bard.edu/people/profiles/aysuda-kolemen

Marie Sautier is a sociologist and a SNF-LIVES doctoral researcher at Lausanne University (Switzerland), and at the Center for the Sociology of Organizations, Sciences Po Paris, CNRS (France). Her research focuses on recruitment practices in the research sector, gender inequalities, inclusive policies, and the internationalization of academic careers. She took part in the GARCIA European Union research project, focusing on gender inequalities in academia. She has published on women in sciences, and on the intersection of mobility, gender, and precariousness in academia, in a variety of edited-books and European journals. https://hal.science/search/index/q/*/authIdHal_s/marie-sautier

Dr Aline Courtois is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. She holds a PhD in Sociology from University College Dublin and Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Before coming to Bath, she was a Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London Institute of Education. Previously she held the National University of Ireland Dr Garret FitzGerald Fellowship in the Social Sciences and has lectured in France and in Ireland. She researches in the field of inequalities in education and has published on gender and precarity in academia. https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/aline-courtois