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International collaboration

The secretariat has many years of international experience with the Nordic countries and Europe as our most common arenas. We take part in expert groups and contribute with a variety of documentation and analyses to conferences and advisory bodies. We participate in networks, alliances and consortia where knowledge of sustainable conditions in research, education and working life is in demand.


The secretariat is an associative partner of EUTOPIA, a major European university alliance in which the University of Gothenburg is a member. Comprising six European seats of learning, EUTOPIA has a long-term vision to create a strong alliance with free movement of students, researchers, lecturers and other staff. By 2050 a student will easily be able to move between and study at all the member universities during their studies and then graduate. Work at Activities within EUTOPIA are organised in seven Work Packages with a focus on project governance, education, research, regional collaboration, inclusion, internationalisation and sustainability. The secretariat is a partner in the package that focuses on inclusion.

Genderaction and Science with and for Society  

Genderaction is an EU-funded project aimed at integrating gender equality in research funding in a number of EU countries. The secretariat is on the project’s advisory board to play a part in linking policy and practice. Within the project, the secretariat heads a Gender Equality Task Force together with the Norwegian gender research centre Kilden. This involves on-site visits in EU member states to boost collaboration between governments and key national actors in the higher education sectors. Experts and researchers from other EU organisations are brought in where necessary. The focus is on a gender perspective in research ahead of the EU’s upcoming Horizon Europe research programme.

The secretariat participates in a programme, Science with and for Society, SwafS, whose aims include promoting gender equality in the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The platform is also to open up funding opportunities for Swedish research projects. Here, the secretariat is working with several researchers on an application to Horizon 2020, linked to a call for proposals on gender-based violence including sexual harassment in research organisations and universities. Leading researchers at research institutions in nine EU countries are working together on this application, headed by the ESF – European Science Foundation/Fondation Européenne de la Science. The purpose is to develop new knowledge with a focus on prevalence, consequences and organising preventive work.

Nordic cooperation

The secretariat has a broad collaborative platform in the Nordic arena. We have a long tradition of working with other national bodies that work with research-based knowledge on sustainable conditions for research, education and working life in the Nordic countries.

The Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers

Much of our Nordic work takes place within NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender. NIKK is a cooperative body under the Nordic Council of Ministers, based at the secretariat following a decision by the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality in 2012. Under this mandate, the secretariat gathers and disseminates research, policy, knowledge and practice in the field of gender equality in a Nordic and comparative perspective.

The secretariat has ongoing collaborations with several of the actors within the official Nordic cooperation under the auspices of the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Our approach is cross-sectoral and we thus operate across several of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ policy areas. The secretariat works for the Ministers for Gender Equality but also on behalf of the Council of Ministers in other sectors, e.g. working life, education and research.

We also collaborate with other cooperative Nordic bodies and institutions under the Nordic Council of Ministers, including the regional development research centre Nordregio, the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (Nordicom) and the research funding body NordForsk.

NING – the Nordic Information Network for Gender

The secretariat is part of the NING network, together with similar national knowledge centres on gender and gender equality in the Nordic countries. The network is used to discuss issues spanning the Nordic countries, for knowledge exchange and to work together. The network also runs the calendar portal GenderKalenderN, which gathers information about events in all the Nordic countries. The calendar is an important resource in contributing to knowledge exchange and collaboration across the Nordic region.

National collaboration

For many years, the secretariat has worked with several national actors in research and higher education policy, including research councils and other government agencies. We also work with the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), the Swedish Association for Gender Researchers and the National Association for Gender Studies . We also have contiuous dialogues with labour market actors such as unions and government agencies.

Our cooperation takes several different forms. It might involve arranging or participating in different kinds of seminars and discussions or working in expert groups, as well as producing academic reports and initiating research. For example, the secretariat has been commissioned to compile research reviews by the Swedish Research Council and Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). Currently, the secretariat is a driving force in a cross-sectoral collaborative programme on gender-based victimisation in academia, described in more detail below.

The Equality Ombudsman cooperation

During the period 2020-2021 the secretariat is cooperating with Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (The Equality Ombudsman – DO) in their work to develop a research overview on sexual harassment in working life. The secretariat contribute to the scientific quality assurance of this work in different ways, for instance by carrying out systematic literature searches, by ensuring the appropriate sample and by assisting with continuous input on drafts of the written report.

The research overview aims at providing a picture of the current scientific knowledge base regarding sexual harassment and preventative methods in Swedish and Nordic working life. In turn, such knowledge can serve as a foundation for different actors within working life, in their ambition to conform to the Discrimination Act in practice.

Research and cooperation programme to combat sexual harassment and gender-based violence

On 8 March 2019 a research and cooperation programme was launched focusing on how the Swedish higher education sector can jointly improve the working and studying environment at our higher education institutions. The aim of the programme is to establish research-based knowledge on inclusive working and study environments and sustainable organisation to prevent sexual harassment and gender-based violence in academia. Ultimately, the programme will help to reinforce and intensify work on the organisational culture of higher education institutions, with a focus on quality, sustainable development, working environment, leadership, gender equality and equal terms.

The programme was set up on the initiative of Karolinska institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Malmö University and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg, but is based on cooperation between seats of learning in Sweden. The secretariat participates in the programme’s steering group and is leading a research study on prevalence.

Collaboration within the University of Gothenburg

National units

The University of Gothenburg is the host university of several units with national responsibilities: the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, the Swedish National Resource Centre for Mathematics, the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (Nordicom), the Swedish National Data Service, the Segerstedt Institute, the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research. The units are in dialogue on mutual topics and questions.

KvinnSam at Gothenburg University Library

KvinnSam – National Resource Library for Gender Studies, is a university-wide research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg based in the Humanities Library. Its work involves monitoring and cataloguing literature on gender issues, collecting, organising and cataloguing archive material on women’s history and providing a reference service.

The secretariat is represented on KvinnSam’s board and also works with KvinnSam to conduct systematic searches of the literature when producing research reviews. The secretariat has been engaged in long-term collaboration with KvinnSam on the Gena database, which contains references to Swedish doctoral theses in women’s studies, men’s studies and gender studies.

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