Breaking down barriers: The identification of actions to promote gender equality in interdisciplinary marine research institutions

Shellock, Rebecca J., Cvitanovic, Christopher, Mackay, Mary, McKinnon, Merryn C., Blythe, Jessica, Kelly, Rachel, van Putten, Ingrid E., Tuohy, Paris, Bailey, Megan, Begossi, Alpina, Crona, Beatrice, Fakoya, Kafayat A., Ferreira, Beatrice P., Ferrer, Alice J. G., Frangoudes, Katia, Gobin, Judith, Goh, Hong Ching, Haapasaari, Paivi, Hardesty, Britta Denise, Häussermann, Vreni, Hoareau, Kelly, Hornidge, Anna-Katharina, Isaacs, Moenieba, Kraan, Marloes, Li, Yinji, Liu, Min, Lopes, Priscila F. M., Mlakar, Marina, Morrison, Tiffany H., Oxenford, Hazel A., Pecl, Gretta T., Penca, Jerneja, Robinson, Carol ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3033-4565, Selim, Samiya, Skern-Mauritzen, Mette, Soejima, Kumi, Soto, Doris, Spalding, Ana K., Vadrot, Alice, Vaidianu, Natașa, Webber, Mona and Wisz, Mary S. (2022) Breaking down barriers: The identification of actions to promote gender equality in interdisciplinary marine research institutions. One Earth, 5 (6). pp. 687-708. ISSN 2590-3322

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary research is paramount to addressing ocean sustainability challenges in the 21st century. However, women leaders have been underrepresented in interdisciplinary marine research, and there is little guidance on how to achieve the conditions that will lead to an increased proportion of women scientists in positions of leadership. Here, we conduct in-depth qualitative research to explore the main barriers and enablers to women’s leadership in an academic interdisciplinary marine research context. We found that interdisciplinarity can present unique and additional barriers to women leaders (e.g., complexity and lack of value attributed to interdisciplinary research) and are exacerbated by existing gender-specific issues that women experience (e.g., isolation and underrepresentation and stereotyping). Together these barriers overlap forming the “glass obstacle course”—which is particularly challenging for women in minoritized groups. Here, we provide a list of concrete, ambitious, and actionable enablers that can promote and support women’s leadership in academic interdisciplinary marine research.

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Additional Information: Data and code availability: The data underlying this article cannot be shared publicly due to privacy of individuals that participated in the study. The data will be shared on reasonable request to the corresponding author. A.B. (301592/2017-9) and P.F.M.L. (301515/2019-0 thank CNPq for a productivity grant. A.V. is funded by the European Research Council- ERC (grant agreement no. 804599 – 538 MARIPOLDATA – ERC-2018-STG ). G.H.C. would like to acknowledge the support by funding in part from the Global Challenges Research Fund (CRF) via the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) under grant agreement A.B. (301592/2017-9) and P.F.M.L. (301515/2019-0) thank CNPq for a productivity grant. A.V. is funded by the European Research Council- ERC (grant agreement no. 804599 – 538 MARIPOLDATA – ERC-2018-STG). G.H.C. would like to acknowledge the support by funding in part from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) via the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) under grant agreement NE/P021107/1 to the Blue Communities project, which is partially hosted by the Universiti Malaya under reference no. IF052-2017 . M.S.-M. acknowledges support from the Norwegian Research Council , grant no. 288192 (BarentsRISK). N.V. was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research , CNCS – UEFISCDI , project no. PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1444 , within PNCDI III and the project T4BS (grant no. EASME/EMFF/2019/863621). M.S.W. acknowledges the MISSION ATLANTIC project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under grant agreement no. 639 862428 . to the Blue Communities project, which is partially hosted by the Universiti Malaya under reference no. IF052-2017 . M.S.-M. acknowledges support from the Norwegian Research Council , grant no. 288192 (BarentsRISK). N.V. was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research , CNCS – UEFISCDI , project no. PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1444 , within PNCDI III and the project T4BS (grant no. EASME/EMFF/2019/863621 ). M.S.W. acknowledges the MISSION ATLANTIC project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under grant agreement no. 639 862428.
Uncontrolled Keywords: academia,diversity,equality,equity,gender,interdisciplinarity,intersectionality,leadership,marine science,stem,environmental science(all),earth and planetary sciences (miscellaneous),sdg 14 - life below water,sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 01:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85701
DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2022.05.006

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