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Gender Institute looks to the future

Professor Kim Rubenstein is helping take the ANU Gender Institute into its next phase in her new role as acting convenor.

The ANU Gender Institute is a cross-campus institute, set up in 2011 to create a network for researchers looking at gender and society.

The Gender Institute was initially funded by ANU from 2011-15 and late last year a review was done to assist in moving the Gender Institute forward.

"I want to thank all the great work people did in and around the review," Professor Rubenstein said.

"The next six months will be about making decisions about how best to move forward with the Gender Institute."

The Gender Institute was set up with two distinct but related tasks; to support and deepen research, education and outreach on gender and sexuality across the University, in particular promoting collaboration and linkages in this area across the seven Colleges.

The second was to support the employment and retention of women and gender diverse people at all levels, in all disciplines, across the University. 

"There have been a lot of positive things said about the Institute's first five years. By being a virtual institute the website and the weekly newsletter have been a key aspect and we have a very extensive community here in Australia and overseas," Professor Rubenstein said.

"The Institute has also made significant connections with the Office for Women, gender aspects of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and outside government agencies turn to us for policy advice or connecting with us to co-host major public forums."

Professor Rubenstein encouraged anyone who does work that touches on gender to become part of the community.

"The Institute highlights the rich amount of research happening around the University. On a cultural level it has been really significant to see researchers around the campus and have another forum to make meaningful connections with other academics," she said.

Membership of the Gender Institute is open to current ANU researchers, staff, HDR students and visitors. Visit the Gender Institute website to register.

Photo credit: Belinda Pratten

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute