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Connie L. McNeely, Katie Seely-Gant and Colette Henry

Research on gender representation and inclusion in science and technology (S & T) fields is explored in this analysis in terms of collaborations as indicators of community participation and networks. Considering broader processes affecting policy agenda setting and formulation, a world polity perspective is adopted to understand and engage basic S & T relationships and dynamics according to gendered societal relations and globalization processes. Emphasis is placed on collaboration and research as critical to policy processes focused on increasing women’s S & T productivity and representation. Analysis of socio-spatial relationships, reflected in locations and interactions of S & T gender research co-authorships and publications, offers insights on national contexts and factors influencing policy development. The identification of collaborative relationships and common interests form the basis for inquiry into S & T gender research conceptualized as opportunities for policy direction and commitment to related goals motivated and affected by world polity interactions.