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Dr. Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert with a strong international engagement. She is Professor of Gender Studies and Co-Director of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Örebro University, Sweden. Before her academic career she was the National Co-ordinator of Women’s Studies and senior adviser in the Finnish gender equality machinery (Council for Equality between Women and Men and Equality Ombudsman’s Office) at the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 1981-1996. Her research interests focus on gender in science, academia and knowledge production; especially on gender dynamics and inequalities in scientific careers, organisations and science policy. She has played an active role in European actions and research development on gender and science; in the FP7 project genSET, a capacity building action project on gender equality and excellence in science; as a partner in the EU FP6 research project PROMETEA on empowering women in technological research careers; a partner in the EU FP6 project ADVANCE on promoting women’s scientific careers; partner of GenPORT, and is a member of the COST action Gender STE. She contributed to the EC report Gender and Excellence in the Making (2004), and was the Rapporteur of the EC expert group Gender and Excellence (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009) reviewing research funding from gender perspective in 33 countries. Husu is the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education, and its email list eq-uni since 1998, and has contributed to organising nine European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education across Europe. She was a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS, and a long-term board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee “Women in Society”. In 2016 she was appointed to a Scientific Advisor of the European Association of Women Rectors, EWORA. Husu has been a member of the evaluation panel in the Uppsala University overall research evaluation Quality and Renewal in 2006, and in the evaluation panel of social sciences of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2015. She has been a reviewer of Elsevier New Scholar Programme; Austrian Wissenschaftsfonds Wittgenstein award; the Science Foundation Ireland Institute Development Awards, and Swedish Council for Higher Education's assessment of gender equality projects in higher education, funded by DJ, the Delegationen för jämställdhet i högskolan (Committee for gender equality in higher education). Husu has functioned extensively as a gender expert and adviser for diverse research stakeholders in Nordic countries, Europe and internationally, and has been actively involved in developing and advising on gender approaches in universities and research policy since the early 1980s in many roles and contexts. She has served as a Vice-Chair and member of the University of Helsinki Equality Committee and is currently a member of Örebro University Equality Committee. She was member of the board of NIKK, Nordic Gender Institute, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, 1995-2000, and the Chair of its first board 1995-1996. Husu has lectured and given invited presentations in thirty countries, in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and America. Publications include Hard Work in the Academy. Research and Interventions on Gender Inequalities in Higher Education (1999), the special issue on Academe and Gender of UNESCO/CEPES journal Higher Education in Europe (2000), Sexism, Support and Survival in Academia. Academic Women and Hidden Discrimination in Finland (2001), Leadership through the Gender Lens (2010) and Women, Management and Leadership (2011), as well as refereed journal articles and book chapters.
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Area of Gender Expertise:
Nordic countries; Europe
Skills and track record:
Professor of Gender Studies; gender training (workshops, seminars, lectures) for diverse disciplinary audiences (social sciences, medicine, natural sciences, technology and engineering, agricultural science, interdisciplinary); gender training of university management; gender training on doctoral supervision; gender training and consultancy for research funding organisations; academic research on gender in research organisations, on gendering of research careers, subtle/hidden discrimination; media representations of scientists; evaluation of gender projects in academia; compilation of policy reports.