University of Oulu, 2019

Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together

RESET

Project description

Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together (RESET) involves seven large multidisciplinary universities from all over Europe, including two “Widening countries”, all distinguished as excellent institutions (labels, clusters, programmes). RESET will address the challenge of Gender Equality in Research Institutions in a diversity
perspective, with the objective to design and implement a user-centered, impact-driven and inclusive vision of scientific excellence.

Combining an intersectional approach to gender equality with the collective intelligence fostered and harvested through the co-design of the Gender Equality Plans (GEPs), RESET will ensure that proposed changes are met with sustainability and ownership. Mainstreaming the co-design approach as an institutional practice for efficient gender
equality policy-making and greater stakeholder engagement and support, will underpin high-quality and high-impact actions.

Supervised by Gender Equality Boards, GEPs will be co-designed by all stakeholders during the first year, and revised and upgraded during the fourth year, based on the assessment of their early implementation phase. GEP-related active co-design participation and training actions will operate at the individual, operational and institutional levels for structural change. RESET GEPs will be inspired and enhanced by tailored data analytics to provide insightful knowledge. Full support of top management and implementation of GEPs following the steps defined in EIGE’s GEAR tool will ensure the full integration of RESET activities into local excellence programmes.

RESET will transform partner institutions into local living labs, contributing to innovation maximization in close-knit with local and national ecosystems (RPOs, HEIs, municipalities, industry, NGOs and citizens incentives). The RESET experience will strategically use this momentum to promote full replication in other HEIs/RPOs, thus supporting the achievement of ERA’s objective.

Project coordinator

Other university or unit

Project results

The main aim of the project is supporting research organisations to implement gender equality plans. For this purpose following work packages (WPs) were co-designed:

WP1 Design, implement and mainstream GEPs as a regular, intersectional and co-designed, institutional practice - UPORTO
WP2 Monitoring and Evaluating changes towards gender sensitive organisations - ScPo
WP3 Supporting data-driven GE and diversity policy-making in designing qualitative assessment tools and processes - AUTh
WP4 Train communities towards equality and settle new standards - UL
WP5 Ensure a sustainable and cultural change by establishing a gender and diversity-friendly environment- UBx
WP6 Act upon governance and upgrade existing excellence policy towards greater inclusiveness- RUB
WP7 Mainstream the gender dimension in the design of research activities and products - UOULU
WP8 Promote RESET, disseminate its good practices and exploit its results - AUTh
WP9 Manage RESET and ensure the quality of its implementation - UBx
WP10 Ethics requirements - UBx

Partners

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX (UBx) France
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS (AUTh) Greece
UNIWERSYTET LODZKI (UL) Poland
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO (UPORTO) Portugal
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM (RUB) Germany
OULUN YLIOPISTO (UOULU) Finland
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES (ScPo) France

Research groups

  • Gender Studies
  • INTERACT
  • Martti Ahtisaari Institute

People

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Mervi Heikkinen

University Researcher