The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is a unit within the University of Gothenburg with a staff of almost 30.
The Secretariat is a project-oriented organisation that in addition to its central government assignments is involved in several large multiyear projects. We also have a growing share of externally funded activities, including assignments and projects of both short- and long-term nature. Our partners and commissioning bodies can be found both nationally and at the Nordic and European levels, and include the Swedish government and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The Secretariat is led by a director and a management council, which in addition to the director consists of the deputy director, the communications strategist, the assignments strategist and the respective heads of the Secretariat’s different assignments.
We see cooperation as critical to increased impact. Actors we partner with include gender research environments, Swedish Association for Gender Studies and Nordic and European sister organisations.
In the area of gender equality, we work closely with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, the Swedish EFS Council, the Association of Swedish County Administrative Boards and Vinnova. Together, we run the online knowledge portal Jämställ.nu, through which the Secretariat presents material from gender mainstreaming assignments and contributes research-based knowledge.
For over ten years, we have collaborated with KvinnSam – the national resource library for gender studies – regarding the three databases Gena (PhD thesis), Greda (gender researchers) and Jämda (gender equality publications). The partnership is yielding vast synergy effects and is an important resource for the Secretariat.
The communication network that we are part of together with our Nordic neighbours, NING, is in charge of the GenderkalenderN project, which aims to gather information about events, funding opportunities and job vacancies in the Nordic countries. The network is also used for inter-Nordic discussions, exchange of best practice and other forms of cooperation.
Staff from the Secretariat participate regularly in various expert groups and boards, in the areas of both gender research and gender equality:
- Advisory Board for GENDER ACTION – Gender Equality in the ERA Community to Innovate Policy Implementation, EU, H2020.
- Council of Europe’s Committe for Gender Equality.
- The Expert Forum for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
- The Expert Group on Gender Equality in Higher Education, coordinated by the Research Minister.
- The Government’s Expert Group on Gender Equality in Academia, led by Sr Helene Hellmark Knutsson.
- SAMGE, the Consultative Group for Sweden’s Gender and Gender Equality Work in the European Research Cooperation.
- Sis-net2 Expert Group (EG) for the Network of National Contact Points in Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS).
- The Board of Directors at the DO’s Equal Treatment and Equal Opportunities Network at the University.
- The Board of Directors at the Swedish Gender Research Association (SGF).