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(In)equalities in combining academic knowledge work and care responsibilities

The project aims to build an understanding of how pressures to perform affect the careers of academic knowledge workers with different family situations, especially those who wish to have children and those who cannot (or choose not to) have children.

The project will focus on academic knowledge workers, but the findings will reflect experiences of care responsibilities in other knowledge-intensive and competitive fields where there are pressures to perform. The findings will contribute to understanding the challenges and opportunities of combining parenting with knowledge work and will help to create fair policies and practices at both the organizational and societal levels.

Share the Care – Attracting men to nursing education to counteract a gender-segregated labour market

The project, Share the Care, will provide new knowledge towards a less gender-segregated health care sector, a heavily female-dominated sector. The actions implemented are largely based on recommendation from previous research “Men in Nursing Education: Mapping Educational Practices, and Student Experiences in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway”.

This will be done by implementing a system to follow cohorts in nursing education and document reasons behind drop-outs and delays during study which will produce important knowledge to counteract the problem. Actions are planned to address educational material and communication, as well as creation of special platforms for male student to minimize the risk of exclusion and alienation. Groups of study and career counsellors will be formed to create knowledge and stimulate more men to engage in care work. These actions will be an important input for educational institutions and authorities on how to recruit and retain men in nursing education.

New Nordic Model for improved equality in the Nordic Media Industry

The objective of the project is to – across the Nordic Region – to gather knowledge and to highlight what inhibits and what promotes gender balance in the media industry. This is done in order to develop solutions that can lead to greater gender equality and equality in the industry.

During the autumn of 2020, a widespread culture of sexual violation was uncovered in the Danish media world – a culture that can be interpreted as a symptom of gender imbalance and inequality. The industry is struggling with informal power structures as well as a continuing hierarchical gender gap. In Norway, Sweden and Iceland, gender equality has been on the agenda for a long time – especially after the MeToo wave arrived here in 2017. The Danish debate now also gives Danish media companies the opportunity and motivation to work with culture and push further for the necessary changes. 

The project runs over three years and aims to ensure that knowledge about formal and informal equality in the Nordic media industry as well as the best experiences and solutions are shared so that they can be used in practice in the individual Nordic media companies. The aim is a real change in norms.

The project is led by the Danish School of Media and Journalism in close cooperation with experienced media leaders, the Nordic journalists’ associations and other relevant partners.

Updated 31 January 2023