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The Nordic region - a step closer to gender balance in research?

Joint Nordic strategies and measures to promote gender balance among researchers in academia

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Nearly 80 per cent of all professors in the Nordic region are men. Gender balance in academia is therefore an important research policy issue. Hitherto it has been scarcely debated on a joint Nordic level. This report shows the status and the development in the field. The report gives examples of successful practices and highlights research policy challenges that are important to analyse in a gender and equality perspective. Given the lack of comparative investigations and research on the gender balance in academia in the Nordic region, there is a need to develop Nordic cooperation in this field. The report concludes with a number of recommendations in order to consolidate the issue of gender balance in academia as a joint policy- and research field in the Nordic region.

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Gender segregation in academia in the Nordic region

The Nordic research community remains male dominated at the highest level, and the situation does not differ greatly from that in other European countries. Although women comprise the majority of the students who have completed a master’s degree and there is relative gender balance among those awarded a doctoral degree, academia does not have the proportion of women expected at the highest level, i.e. among professors.

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