The Secretariat for Gender Research was inaugurated in 1998 as part of a major Swedish parliamentary initiative for research with a gender perspective. It was placed at the University of Gothenburg, amongst other things to be close to Kvinnsam, the National Resouce Library for Gender Research.
In the autumn of 2009 the governement decided that the Secretariats commission should be given directly to the University of Gothenburg.
- In July 2008, the Secretariat was commissioned by the Swedish Government to work, within the Gender Mainstreaming Programme (Jämi), to promote integration of gender equality in the state. This commission came to an end on 31 December 2010.
- In 2011 the Secretariat took over the operation of the website Jämställ.nu/Includegender.org.
- In autumn 2012 NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender was placed at the Secretariat.
- In 2013 the Secretariat was commissioned to offer support to 18 state government agencies tasked by the government to work with gender mainstreaming, Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies, GMGA. In 2015, the programme was expanded with 23 new government agencies and in 2016 another 18 agencies and one organisation with certain official responsibilities were added. The programme is scheduled to end in 2018.
- In 2016 the Secretariat was commissioned to support all state-funded higher education institutions as well as Chalmers University of Technology and Jönköping University in their gender mainstreaming efforts 2016–2019.
- The operation of the Includegender.org website and the support for GMGA and all state-funder higher education institutions is as of 2018 assigned to the Swedish Gender Equality Agency.
- Due to this transition in 2018, the governments assignment to the University of Gothenburg, which the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is a part of, was rephrased to promote gender research in the college- and university sector.
In 2014, the company Oxford Research was assigned to evaluate the Secretariat, on behalf of the University of Gothenburg. The evaluation focuses on the years 2009-2013.
- Maria Grönroos Acting Director, 2017 and 2018
- Kerstin Alenbratt 2009-2018
- Anne-Marie Morhed 2003-2009
- Gunnel Karlsson 2000-2003
- Eva Gothlin 1998-1999