Radboud University Nijmegen

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Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Established in 1923 and situated in the oldest city of The Netherlands, it has seven faculties and enrolls over 17.500 students. SKU is a student-oriented research university. Its teaching is geared to students as actively participating members of the academic community. The university educates students to be critical, independently-minded and engaged individuals, who will eventually assume responsible positions in society with their own views regarding both science and society. SKU has 7 faculties in Arts, Law, Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Sciences, Social Sciences and the Nijmegen School of Management. One the distinguishing hallmarks of the university is its emphasis on interdisciplinary research. The current size of the university and its academic breadth provide the conditions for interdisciplinary co-operation.

The Board of SKU articulated an explicit goal to increase the number of women in top-ranking positions. In its 2009-2013 Strategic Plan, the university aims to increase the share of female Senior Lecturers and full professors (SKU, 2009: 37). As the vice rector emphasizes, this is part of a general aim to increase the quality of research of the university; attracting more women would entail involving more talent in the scientific staff. In 2009 the Executive Board signed the Talent to the Top Charter, a national initiative led by former minister Sybilla Dekker aiming to promote the intake, career development, and retention of female talent in top- ranking positions. The objective of explicit target figures is to increase the number of female full professors from 14 to 22% between 2008 and 2013, while the number of women associate professors has to increase from 19 to 28%.

Under STAGES (FP7, 2012-2015), SKU is currently developing innovative methodologies to ensure top management support to achieve gender equality in research institutions (Group model building, focus groups). It intends to draw upon this first-hand experience to enhance those instruments also under EGERA and bring it to a larger scale, through the provision of training sessions to other members of the consortium. EGERA activities and GEAP will be coordinated from the Nijmegen School of Management, but mainstreamed across faculties.

Leader of WP4. This partner will also provide expertise under WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP6.

Core team

Inge Bleijenbergh

Dr. Inge Bleijenbergh is assistant professor at the Nijmegen School of Management. She is an expert on gender studies and team leader within the FP7 STAGES project. She performed participative action  research  (Group  Model  Building,  focus  groups)  to  support  gender  equity  in  three  Dutch universities (SKU 2012; Delft University, 2010; University of Tilburg, 2008), for which she involved deans and heads of departments in analyzing gender inequality within their organizations and in developing policy recommendations. She has published two books and about 25 contributions in edited volumes and academic journals.

Pleun Van Arensbergen

Dr. Pleun van Arensbergen, is postdoctoral researcher at the Nijmegen School of Management.  Her areas of expertise cover academic careers, women in science, research funding, selection processes and group processes. On these topics she has published policy reports, scientific papers and organized symposia for academics and professional stakeholders. Currently she concentrates on supporting gender equality in academic organizations through participatory training methods (based on Group Model Building).

Monic Lansu

Monic Lansu, Msc, is PhD candidate at the Nijmegen School of Management. She recently graduated in Social and Organizational Psychology, focusing on social psychological mechanisms, like implicit bias, that impede women’s careers in academia. She collaborated as a journalist in several (government) publications regarding gender mainstreaming and diversity. Her PhD project concerns the relation between power processes and gender inequality in science as addressed by Group Model Building.

Erik Koelink

Prof dr. Erik Koelink (CB member) is director of the Research Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP at SKU). He has a track record in research on Matrix methods and quantum groups. He is interested in increasing the number of female students and the number of women faculty in his institute and strongly supports the use of participatory methods to analyze the situation and develop measures.

Mieke Verloo

Prof. dr. Mieke Verloo (advisor) is professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues at the department of Political Science at the Institute for Gender Studies. Her research experience mainly lies in the field of equality policies, feminist methodology and social movements. Currently she concentrates on the meaning of ‘gender’ in gender equality policies and increasingly linking theoretical and empirical attention for strategies against gender inequality to other axes of privilege and power, such as race/ethnicity, class and sexuality.

Yvonne Benschop

Prof. dr. Yvonne Benschop (advisor) is professor of organizational behavior at SKU and has a long track record on gender equality research. She examines the functioning of gender and diversity in organizations, specifically on informal organization processes that play a crucial role in the success or failure of gender and diversity management. Her recent research interests include the gender practices in networking behavior, gender and diversity change and resistances to organizational change.

Pleun Van Arensbergrn

Pleun van Arensbergen
Core team member of the EGERA project