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Gender & international mobility

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 - 12:00 to Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Genderactieplan
Genderactieplan & RHEA expertisecentrum gender, diversiteit en intersectionaliteit
Lunch Seminar

Kathrin ZippelThis talk addresses the challenges and benefits of integrating women into global academia, international research collaborations in particular. By bringing together the concerns of gender and the globalization of science, Zippel’s research contributes to ongoing debates about how to explain the “leaky pipeline,” that is, the steady attrition of girls and women over the course of education and academic careers, all the way to leadership positions. Policy debates on advancing women in science and research on gender and academia do not take into account how academia is globalising. This study builds on but also departs from the national focus of debates and studies on gender, science, and organisations by looking at a less explored and increasingly important factor: how the globalisation of scientific work—in particular the challenges and opportunities of international collaboration and mobility—contributes to the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and, more generally, to gender inequalities in academia.

Kathrin Zippel is Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, Boston, U.S.   
She studies political sociology, gender, organisations, globalisation, welfare states, Germany and the European Union. Her current research explores the globalisation of science, focusing on the mobility of academics and international research collaborations. Her forthcoming book (February/March 2017) is titled “Passport to Global Science: Advancing Women in STEM through International Collaborations” (Stanford University Press).