COVID-19 impact on gender equality in research & innovation : policy report

Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, Jens Peter Andersen, Flaminio Squazzoni, Liisa Husu, María López Belloso, Marc J. Lerchenmueller, Aliza Forman-Rabinovici, Thais Franca, Éva Fodor, Lucio Pisacane, Clare Wenham, Marion Bywater

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report presents the findings of the European Commission’s Expert Group on the COVID-19 impact on gender equality in Research and Innovation (R&I). The report highlights in particular the pandemic’s gendered impact on academic productivity, early career researchers, and work-life balance. It investigates institutional responses and aims to bring forward unseen and marginalised experiences in academia. The recommendations are intended for R&I policymakers at national and EU-level, research funding organisations and research performing organisations. They present an opportunity for Member States and R&I organisations to apply the lessons learnt from the pandemic to the development of inclusive gender equality policies in the European Research Area (ERA).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
PublisherPublications Office of the European Union
Number of pages127
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-76-61691-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study


  • 514,1 Sociology
  • coronavirus disease
  • Gender equality
  • EU research policy
  • Higher education
  • innovation
  • organisation of research
  • social impact
  • work-life balance
  • 314,2 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
  • pandemic response
  • 517 Political science
  • Public healthcare
  • Public policy
  • 512 Business and Management
  • Policy-making
  • innovation
  • 520 Other social sciences
  • gender bias
  • gender inequality
  • gender gap


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