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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Feminist Institutionalist Approach to Gender Equality in STEM – FIAGES 

Studying and working in organisations having a satisfactory level of gender equality can foster gender-sensitive innovation in STEM fields in academia and high-tech companies, creating a virtuous circle that reinforces a culture of Gender Equality. The H2020 FIAGES Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship applied the lens of Feminist Institutionalism to explore academic and workplace organisations, particularly STEM academic departments and ICT companies, seen as a continuum from training to employment and building a career, but also, potentially, sources of a variety of discriminating situations.

The research has been focused on Ireland and Italy, and its specific objectives were to:

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the co-constitutive nature of the promotion of GE in two interconnected sectors: academy (STEM disciplines) and high-tech companies, with a focus on ICT;
  2. Explore the various roles that individuals play within the selected institutions to promote GE and to bring about or resist gender-sensitive change;
  3. Understand how these institutions/organisations shape individual behaviours by constructing rules, norms and policies.

The results provide gender studies scholars and those involved in transformative practices related to gender in academia and in high-tech companies a better understanding of how to:

  • Promote GE through in-depth knowledge of the pros and cons of different strategies; 
  • Make an analysis of the specific situation in the organisation through “listening” to the narratives of those working in them; 
  • Identify critical aspects, stereotypes, and unexpressed biases creating obstacles to GE.

The research outputs included scientific publications, presentations at international conferences, and international seminars and webinars.

Numerous outreach activities, including the use of social media, allowed the transfer of knowledge in academia and companies and also to the general public.

Publications, outreach activities

Chapters in peer-reviewed collective works/journals

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. A MOOC for Academic Purposes. Rita Bencivenga, Cinzia Leone and Anna Siri. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.100314

Gender Equality Plan in Horizon Europe: tra difficoltà interpretative e prospettive•Rita Bencivenga, Anna Siri, Cinzia Leone, Angela Celeste Taramasso

Gender Equality Plans under Horizon Europe: from difficulties of interpretation to prospects. Rita Bencivenga, Anna Siri, Cinzia Leone, Angela Celeste Taramasso

Addabbo, T. Badalassi, G. Bencivenga, R. and Canali (2021) How to select measures for Gender Equality Plans. ICGR 2021.

Bencivenga, R. and Drew, E. (2021). Promoting gender equality and structural change in academia through gender equality plans: Harmonising EU and national initiatives. GENDER. 1, 2021, pp. 27–42.

Bencivenga, R. and Drew, E. (2020). Towards a gender sensitive university. In E. Drew, S. Canavan (dir.), The Gender Sensitive University: A Contradiction in Terms?. Routledge.

Bencivenga, R. (2020). Gender Equality in Academia and ICT Companies: Still Doing or Undoing Gender? In K. Jones, C. Collins, M. Davies, M. Della Giust and G. James. (dir.), ICGR 2020 Conference: 3rd International Conference on Gender Research (p. 66-72). University of Reading, UK. ISBN-978-1-912764-56-3.

Bencivenga, R. (2020, 27-28 January). Towards a European GEP System (EGEPS) a strategy to measure and promote gender equality. In Regendering Science. For an inclusive research environment. PLOTINA Final Conference, Conference proceedings. (p. 186 – 188). University of Bologna, Italy. ISBN 9788854970168.

Power Point Presentation, European GEP System (EGEPS), Plotina conference.

Bencivenga, R. (2019). Gender Equality in Academia: Comparative Perspectives From Feminist Institutionalism. In P. Paoloni, M. Paoloni and S. Arduini (dir.), ICGR 2019 Conference: 2ndInternational Conference on Gender Research (p. 66-72). Università RomaTRE.

Invited speaker at international conferences

Bencivenga, R. (2020, 8-9 January). Addressing gender imbalance and promoting structural change in IT Departments in Academia and High Tech Companies. Lessons from the FIAGES project [oral communication]. 10th International ConferenceWomen’s Leadership for Global Peace and Prosperity. Shivaji College, University of  New Delhi. New Delhi, India: India

Structural change in academia through GEPs: different approaches for a common goal. Chair: Rita Bencivenga. GEHE Gender Equality in Higher Education. 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education Dublin, 20th-22nd August 2018

Editorial work (peer reviewed journal)

Bencivenga, Rita; Zavirsek, Darja. Re-gendering or de-gendering disability? Living with disabilities in contemporary societies. AG About Gender – International Journal of Gender Studies, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 18, nov. 2020. ISSN 2279-5057. doi: (Italian version: Bencivenga, Rita; ZAVIRŠEK, Darja. Re-genderizzare o de-genderizzare la disabilità? Vivere con la disabilità nelle società contemporanee. AG About Gender – Rivista internazionale di studi di genere, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 18, nov. 2020. ISSN 2279-5057. doi:

Bencivenga, R., Drew, E., Poggio, B., Ratzer, B., and Sağlamer, G. (2017). Gender in Horizon 2020: The Case of Gender Equality PlansAG About Gender – International Journal Of Gender Studies, 6(12), 326-355.

Seminars – Workshops – Webinars

2018.12.03 Gendering research, gendering organisations. MCAA Workshop. Dublin.

2019.03.19 Gendered dimensions in research proposals. Centre for Gender & Women Studies. TCD, Dublin.

2020.05.15 Strategies to access EU financing Schemes. Online. Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

2020.12.15 Engendering the research process: a roadmap to excellence. Gender in Science. Course for doctoral students. Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale (DRIMI). University of Brescia, Italy. 14.00 – 18.00. 1cfu.

2021.03.17 Integrità della ricerca e problematiche di genere. Focus sul“genere”. Progetto ORMA “Alta fORMAzione e ricerca-azione presso enti di ricerca toscani”. Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. 09h00 – 13h00

Online dissemination

2020.05.21 Women and health – Womenhealth Magazine; Title_ Talk 5: Female health and COVID 19 (with Dr. Sidra Abbas)

2020.05.16 Huma-net; Title: Mutamenti nelle strategie per le richieste di finanziamento in UE al tempo del COVID-19

2020.06.15 RISEWISE online event: Title: Towards disability sensitive organisations: lessons from Gender Equality Plans.

2020.06.29 Informareunh; Title: Le donne con disabilità nella pandemia, una lettura intersezionale.

2020.04.18 Ladynomics, Ideexdomani (Online call for ideas for post COVID19); Title: Promuovere l’uguaglianza, la diversità e l’inclusione (Short version, 2 minutes, no slides)

Promuovere l’uguaglianza, la diversità e l’inclusione (Full video, 10 minutes, with slides)

FB page. For updates on Gender Equality and STEM disciplines:

FIAGES flyers:

Other publications related to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, published prior to FIAGES but conceptually related:

2011. People are not medical conditions. Rita Bencivenga, Alessandra Tinti

Bencivenga, R. (2020) Non Disabled Researchers and Disability Studies. In Women, Disability and Culture. (p. 203-254). Nova Science Publishers, New York. ISBN: 978-1-53618-218-7.

FIAGES, a two year (September 2018 – September 2020) research project funded from the EU H2020, MSCActions was hosted by TCGEL, Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. The research was awarded to Dr Rita Bencivenga.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 793195.

This communication reflects only the author’s view and the European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. 

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