The Gender Institute would like to congratulate members Dr Fiona Jenkins, Dr Helen Keane and Professor Marian Sawer, who have won funding for an ARC Discovery project "Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences". The project builds on a workshop hosted by the Gender Institute in 2012 and will develop important resources for progressing gender equity. Dr Claire Donovan from Brunel University is a Partner Investigator.
Project Summary: Gender equity has still not been realised, despite decades of activism, policy and research. In some of the social sciences women make up less than 15% of the professoriate. Yet these are the disciplines that should most aid our understanding of how gender works in society. The project asks what impact women’s limited influence and status in these key fields of research has upon our capacity to grapple with the social and political changes necessary for progress toward gender equality. In doing so, it builds persuasive arguments about how and why gender matters in the social sciences. By examining how we judge excellence in social science research, the project will contribute to advancing women in all fields.
Impact: This project takes a new approach to advancing gender equity within Australian society by asking how well we can understand the problems if we do not first address patterns of gender bias within the social sciences. The project will provide a complex picture of why social science disciplines differ so markedly in this respect and the costs for disciplinary innovation and social change. It will also provide case-studies of how innovation benefits from gender awareness in the social sciences.