Gender, Science and Innovation
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Gender, Science and Innovation

New Perspectives

Edited by Helen Lawton Smith, Colette Henry, Henry Etzkowitz and Alexandra Poulovassilis

Gender, Science and Innovation explores the contemporary challenges facing women scientists in academia and develops effective strategies to improve gender equality. Addressing an important gap in current knowledge, chapters offer a range of international perspectives from diverse contexts, countries and institutional settings. This book is an essential contribution to the literature for academics, researchers and policy makers concerned with improving gender equality in academia and seeking to learn from the experiences of others.
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Chapter 11: Gender and international collaborations in science and technology community building and policy agenda setting: an integrated analytical approach

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

Abstract

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.

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