Gendering excellence in technology research: a comparative European perspective: Open Access

Liisa Husu, Paula Koskinen

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Gender patterns in technological and engineering research careers were explored in the EU funded 13-country study PROMETEA in 2005-2007, including old and new EU member states, and Serbia, the Russian Federation and Chile. Drawing from this study, the article analyses the gendering of key arenas of excellence in technological and engineering research from a comparative international perspective, with a focus on research funding, publishing, scientific prizes and awards, and patents. A central challenge for gender-sensitive science and research policy is how to combine the promotion of scientific excellence with the promotion of gender equality. Exploring the gendering of excellence in technology and engineering research is of special interest because of the strong position this field enjoys in national, European and international research policy and in national research policies, and also because it continues to be the most male-dominated research field. Furthermore, the article discusses methodological challenges of this type of comparative research.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Technology Management & Innovation
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)127-139
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 06.2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


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