This program is a follow-up on the report by the departmental Gender Diversity Commission, Gender bias at Department of Political Science: Problem diagnosis and recommendations, and additional initiatives related to recruitment.
The Department of Political Science, Aarhus University is devoted to increasing gender diversity. We have close to a 50/50 distribution of male and female students, so the low share of female researchers suggests that we miss out on talent and ideas. Diversity in staff is crucial for research as well as teaching quality and variety. Over the coming years, the Department will therefore implement a number of different measures. The program will be adjusted as we obtain results, experience, and inspiration based on the first initiatives.
This page describes the goals of the program, the principles for implementing the suggested measures, and the specific measures.
The suggested measures below align with recommendations of the Gender Diversity Committee report focused on measures for the retention of talented scholars of all genders at the department. These measures relate to transparency, work-life balance, and work culture. Further, the program includes measures regarding recruitment.
The Gender Diversity Commission suggested more transparency to increase awareness and monitoring of the development.
The department will publish an annual report on:
The first report will be released by February each year after 2023, first time in April 2023.
The Gender Diversity Committee documented that work-life balance and family life issues are crucial for well-being and motivation as a researcher.
The Gender Diversity Committee identified a research hierarchy that discourages and demotivates some researchers.
The department will:
The Gender Diversity Committee suggested earmarked initiatives to promote careers of least represented gender.
Our experience with and investigations of gender diversity in academia suggest that persuading more female scholars to apply at all position levels is an important challenge.
The department will: