Programmes and networks

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Here you can learn more about various programmes, networks and nodes that are connected to the Centre for Gender Research.


Nordwit is a Nordic Centre of Excellence, established in 2017 and funded by NordForsk. It is concerned with women’s careers in technology-driven research and innovation in and outside of academe. Nordwit is coordinated by Professor Gabriele Griffin at Uppsala University.

Technologisation is changing the world of work. It erases previous forms and types of employment, gives rise to new jobs, and transforms existing work. 

The objective of NORDWIT is to investigate and enhance women's career opportunities and trajectories in technology-driven research and innovation cross-sectorally in public and private sectors, and in civil society. The goal is to improve the gender balance in the research and innovation fields in the new technology driven economies. 

Three core research teams located at Uppsala University, Tampere University, and the Western Norway Research Institute are focusing on four pillars of research:

  1. Women’s technology-driven careers in rural regions
  2. Research-intensive science and innovation areas 
  3. eHealth
  4. Digital humanities 

It also collaborates with 24 external partners located in Sweden, Norway, Finland, USA and Canada. 

Go to Nordwit's website >>

Gender Mainstreaming

The Centre for Gender Research made a successful application to the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to be a partner in a 5-year programme led by Eduardo Mondelane University (EMU), Mozambique, on Gender Mainstreaming: Developing Competencies in Higher Education for Gender Equality, Peace-building and Gender-Sensitive Research Coordinators. 

The programme started in January 2018. It includes training MA and PhD students from EMU in Gender Research, supporting the development of gender sensitive policies and training gender equality ambassadors at EMU.

Prof Gabriele Griffin is the Coordinator at the Centre for this initiative which includes Dr Minna Salminen Karlsson as one of the Centre staff involved, as well as Dr Anne Kubai, Dr Jill Tenholm, and Prof Beth Ahlberg. The programme also involves Dr Nadine Lake at the Free State University, South Africa.

Network: Family and Kinship Studies

The Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies (funded by Forte 2016-2018) is placed at the Centre for Gender Research.

The network meets once or twice each year at different universities. The network currently has about 70 members, but anyone who defines their research as family and/or kinship research is welcome to join.

Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies >>

Network: Nature as Culture

The network ‘Nature as Culture: The (Re)production of Common Sense’ (NaC) aims to investigate and discuss first, how the concepts of nature and culture figure and are articulated, in various disciplinary contexts and secondly, how these concepts, frequently through being taken as common sense, feature in establishing truth claims within different scientific cultural formations. Co-ordinated by Professor Ulrika Dahl, this CIRCUS-funded interdisciplinary network consists of 13 researchers from 5 faculties, including 5 members from the Centre. The network is aimed at slow and interdisciplinary conversations on complex topics and hosts one workshop per semester. 


The network Heritage Transformations (funded by CIRCUS 2022-2023) consists of researchers from different disciplines interested in the transformations of cultural heritage, material/intangible, natural/cultural, human/non-human, analogue/digital and beyond. The purpose of this network is to create greater dialogue between researchers, research groups and institutions and to promote interdisciplinary discussions.

The network explores transformations of cultural heritage from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. entral to the discussions is the tension between preservation and change, as well as discussion of what cultural heritage is, and could be, if removed from assumed moral duty of care and conservation. In exploring transformations of heritage we make enquiries into connections and disconnections between people, pasts and future and acknowledge that cultural heritage is always political, and involves struggles connected to gender, race, ethnicity, functionality, sexuality and/or religion etc.

The network is coordinated by Cecilia Rodéhn and Johanna Larsson

Programme of Excellence: GenNa

In 2006 the Centre for Gender Research, toghether with the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, received shared funding of 60 milion SEK in order to, for a five year period, work to strengthen gender research and establish ourselves internationally. 

The international research programme GenNa: Nature/Culture Boundaries and Transgressive Encounters was led by Prof Margaretha Fahlgren and coordinated oriignally by Tora Holmberg, and later Anita Hussénius. 

The Programme of Excellence ran until 2012, but many of the strong research groups, interesting projects and international collaborations that were established during this time are still active at the Centre for Gender Research.

Last modified: 2023-04-28