Programmes, networks and nodes

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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. 

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.

Node: Science, Validation, Partial Perspectives

During 2016-2018 the Centre for Gender Research co-funded the transdisciplinary research node Science, Validation, Partial  Perspectives. Knowledge Production Beyond the Norms.

Heads of research: Satu Gröndahl, Ann-Sofie Lönngren, and May-Britt Öhman.