Women – Change Agents in Education and Science

Lead partner: Coordination Body for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government

Partner: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Duration: January 2018 – July 2018

Project Coordinator: Jelena Ćeriman

The research aims at examining the agency of women in science, strategies and ways in which women come to decision-making positions or are prevented from reaching them.

The key research questions are:

–  What are the similarities, and what are the differences between the career developments of women and of men who are in decision-making positions in education and science?

– What practices/strategies (institutional and personal, formal and informal) are in foundations of careers of women and men in decision-making positions in education and science in Serbia?

– Are there specific conditions of family life of female scientists that are more suitable for the development of their careers i.e. that support their career progression?

– What attitudes are at the heart of the alliances that women in leadership positions make with their colleagues, subordinates and superiors in order to improve working conditions in the scientific community? And what attitudes are at the heart of the alliances of men (with their colleagues regardless of their position or gender) in leadership positions?

– Are there institutional policies that support women in leadership positions to engage in improvement of positions of women in higher education? And what drives men in leadership positions to engage in such activities?

–  What are the differences between the time consumption of men and women? Where are the sources of these differences?

Our aim is to map conjunctions of work and family expectations (time), of supports for and obstacles to personal advancement in the field of their expertise (money and time), and their life paths in developing their field (knowledge and money). We also expect research to provide data important for three domains mapped as the most urgent for the Government’s operation: the intersection of knowledge and time observed through the reconciliation of the private and professional sphere of scientists in Serbia. The differences between men and women in the field of education, and in the domain of time and money will serve as an basis for formulation of recommendations in order to improve multisectoral cooperation and capacity building of institutions in the field of education and social policies with the aim of promoting gender equality.

We also expect results to contribute to the promotion of principles of gender equality in all aspects of scientific and educational work, and consequently to the advancement of the position of women in science and education, in particular women engaged in technical-technological sciences, as these are the fields where they are the most underrepresented.

The project is supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, University of Fribourg Switzerland, Performing and Responsive Social Sciences PERFORM, HELVETAS Swiss Cooperation and Republic Secretariat for Public Policy.


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