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Nordic Research on Sexual Harassment at work


In 2021, 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. There will be two calls for research funding. 

Two calls will be made during the year. The first is aimed at ongoing research projects which, through a grant from the research initiative, can add a Nordic dimension to their project. The second call is aimed at Nordic projects that intend to initiate practice-based research activities. This call is also research-based, but the projects should be practice-oriented and it assumes collaboration with working life actors in the Nordic countries.

The first call is scheduled to be made before summer 2021, the second call will be made in autumn 2021.

More information on the two calls will be published in spring 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 has 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. Further sectors may be added at a later date.  


Objectives 

The overarching objectives of the initiative are: 

  • To contribute towards new knowledge on sexual harassment at work  in the Nordic countries, with a focus on preventive measures and intervention methods. 
  • To contribute towards a good knowledge base for policy development and to cross-sectoral Nordic collaboration. 
  • For the research to be of high academic quality, practice-based and well communicated. 
  • To be relevant to the collaborative sectors involved, for affected industries and for the working life actors   

Calls 

The two calls jointly amount to DKK 3.7 million. Two calls will be made during the year:  

  • The first call  
    Aimed at ongoing research projects where a grant from the research initiative would enable a Nordic dimension to be added to the project.  
    When: Planned before summer 2021 
     
  • The second call  
    Aimed at Nordic projects that intend to initiate practice-based research activities. This call is also research-based, but the projects must be practice-oriented and collaboration with working life actors in the Nordic countries is assumed.  
    When: Planned before autumn 2021 

The funded projects are 6–18 months long, which means that all projects must be completed by autumn 2023 at the latest. A cross-sectoral reference group for the initiative, appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, will be involved in drawing up the calls.