Integrating the Gender Dimension in Research

Integrating the Gender Dimension in Research

Kilden genderresearch.no is hosting a project on mainstreaming the gender dimension in research content. In the booklet «What is the Gender Dimension in Research?» we present case studies from a variety of scientific fields.

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Horizon 2020 and other research funding programs require researchers to explore whether and how the gender dimension is relevant to their research, and to describe how this is considered in the project’s content. However, what does the gender dimension imply? 

In this project, we are collecting and presenting good examples, ideas and guidelines demonstrating how gender dimensions might effectively be integrated in research within various topics. The target group is researchers who want to learn more about gender perspectives, also within fields where these perspectives do not necessarily seem obvious.

According to Horizon 2020, integrating the gender dimension in research is an added value in terms of excellence. It helps researchers question gender norms and stereotypes, and to rethink standards and reference models. It leads to an in-depth understanding of the needs, behaviours and attitudes of both genders. It also enhances the societal relevance of the knowledge, technologies and innovations produced.

In Kilden’s booklet «What is the Gender Dimension in Research?» we present case studies from research fields such as:

  • Health and well-being
  • Food, agriculture and fisheries
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Environment and climate
  • Safe societies

In addition to case studies, the booklet provides a brief introduction to some key concepts concerning gender in research, as well as a checklist, or a guide, on how to include gender perspectives in research projects.

A group of 12 researchers is associated with the project. The researchers represent a wide range of disciplines and have different experiences from integrating gender dimension into their research.


The reference group for Gender Dimension in Research: From left: Astrid Sinnes (Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU), Tomas Moe Skjølsvold (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU), Margrete Skår (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research NINA), Lise Christensen (Research Council of Norway), Marco Hirnstein (Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Trine Rogg Korsvik (Kilden), Torunn L. Tryggestad (Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, The Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO), Bjarne Isaksen (The Music Conservatory, UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Kristin Sørung Scharffscher (Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning, University of Stavanger), Aase Kristine Lundberg (Nordland Research Institute), Tomas Salem (observer from Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Bergen), Anne Helene Kveim Lie (Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo) and Hanne Haavind (Department of Psychology, University of Oslo). Jan Erik Grindheim (Department of Business, Strategy and Political Sciences, University of South-Easten Norway USN) was not present when the picture was taken.

Project manager is Senior Advisor Trine Rogg Korsvik: trine@kilden.forskningradet.no