Marja Vehviläinen, marja.vehvilainen (at)

In collaboration with: Hilde G. Corneliussen, Demet Demiréz, Hanna-Mari Ikonen, Päivi Korvajärvi, Rebecca Lund, Terhi Nokkala, Maria Pietilä, Minna Salminen Karlsson, Gilda Seddighi, Tiina Suopajärvi, Oili-Helena Ylijoki


Appointed chairs:

1st session slot: Hilde Corneliussen
2nd session slot: Rebecca Lund
3rd session slot: Minna Salminen Karlsson
4th session slot: Oili-Helena Ylijoki
5th session slot: Oili-Helena Ylijoki



Gender, intersecting with class, ethnicity, age, and other social differences, continues to be one of the central orders of the socio-material practices in knowledge production and innovation. Gender equality in academia, and the research and innovation sector more broadly, has  been inconsistent with the comparatively high ranking Gender Equality in Nordic countries, and backlashes in terms of vertical and horizontal gender segregation have been reported.  In terms of class and ethnic relations, statistics report setbacks in the relationship between education and social mobility.

Furthermore, the field of research and innovation is undergoing multiple changes that in turn hold gendered and intersecting features, such as digitalization, marketization and globalization linked with increasingly blurry borders between the public sector, the private sector and civil society.  These changes reshape the conditions under which knowledge, creativity and innovation takes place and the ways in which openings, opportunities and futures are formed, contributing to the (re)production and contestation of gendered and intersecting inequalities.

The session invites empirical, theoretical and methodological contributions from different research fields. It aims to examine and discuss the problematic of gender and intersectionality in research and innovation in different disciplines, including interdisciplinary collaborations, in different organizational settings (academia, enterprises, intermediaries etc.) and in different kinds of research and innovation regions.  The papers may for instance address one or several the following themes:


  • career moves in and outside academia
  • work experiences and practices,
  • work/life balance
  • institutional actions for gender and social equality
  • regional and local contexts of research and innovation
  • inequality and injustice in knowledge production
  • activism, politics and agency
  • affects, cultures and networks
  • communities and identities
  • futures and trends in research and innovation
  • political and economic regimes