Spanning 2021-2023, NIKK is administering a research initiative on sexual harassment in the workplace on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The initiative is especially focused on prevention and methods for intervention through industry studies and comparative studies of different industries. Two calls for research funding were made during 2021.
Violence, harassment and other forms of vulnerability in the workplace are major societal challenges with serious consequences for individuals and workplace organisations. But there are major gaps in our knowledge about methods for preventing and stopping violence and harassment, protecting victims and being proactive in workplace environments. Research and evidence-based knowledge is essential to be able to develop new and effective measures to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
With this background, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided on a cross-sectoral research initiative jointly with several sectors within the Nordic cooperation. These collaborative sectors are gender equality, culture, working life and the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People.
Projects granted funding
Power Plays – preventing sexual harassment through memory work & forum theater in workplaces of care
2021 The Power Plays project seeks to break the silencing of sexual harassment in workplaces of care, by promoting workplace cultures prone to actively prevent and deal with sexual harassment. First, the Power Plays project develops a typology of existing sexual harassment prevention tools accompanied by guidelines for how to choose the right prevention strategy. Second, »
Sexual Harassment in Tourism and Hospitality: Using the past and present to inform the future
2021 This interdisciplinary project takes an intersectional approach to address concerns about the lack of prevention and intervention strategies within the tourism and hospitality sectors in the Nordic countries. The project will utilise practice-based research activities in collaboration with working life actors in Iceland, Norway and Sweden to try and answer three research questions: How have »
“Speak Up!”: A practice-oriented research project on the prevention of Sexual Harassment (SUSH)
2021 Responding to the call for prevention efforts being more aware of “intersecting stigmatized identities” which make some employees more vulnerable to sexual harassment than others, the SUSH project is positioned in the ethical infrastructure tradition and targets bystanders, whose actions may affect sexual harassment situations positively or negatively. The main aim of the SUSH project »
IWS-Nordic: A Nordic questionnaire assessing sexual harassment at work
2021 Following standardized methods for questionnaire development, this project will develop and validate a questionnaire to assess sexual harassment in a standardized manner, across the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The Danish questionnaire Inventory of Workplace Sexual Harassment (IWS) will be translated into Norwegian and Swedish. Using these Norwegian and Swedish versions of the »
Customer Sexual Harassments in the Nordic Service Workplace
2021 This project aims to carry out a critical analysis of how Nordic ideals regarding management and organisation impact the work environment of employees within service and retail. The project has a particular focus on ideals concerning customer orientation, often perceived as “natural” and self-evident to Nordic service organisational practice. We analyse the consequences of prioritising »