In line with the call goals GEARING-Roles targets the questioning and transformation of traditional gender roles at the micro, meso, and macro levels, with four main Objectives:

Female career progression

To remove barriers to female recruitment and devise Personal Career Development Plans (PCDPs)

Education and research

To provide alternative references in traditionally male dominated areas (STEM) and in those where women are majority but kept under glass ceilings (Health & Care, Hum, Law, SSCC in general) by strengthening the gender dimension in research programs and methodologies, fostering gender-knowledge and scientific production in relation to gender and feminist studies, and by reinforcing women researchers’ careers

Leadership and decision-making

To address gender imbalances in the representation, processes, and the promotion of women leadership in research institutions

Promotion of Gender Equality in Research Organisations and key stakeholders for the reinforcement of ERA

Disseminate the common framework and outputs for institutional gender assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation to establish commitment to gender equality in major European stakeholder organisations and build a sustainable long-term network of organisations advancing gender equality

Work Package structure

  • WP 1: Ethics led by The University DEUSTO will ensure that the project abides by all ethical standards.
  • WP 2: Project Management, led by The University of DEUSTO which will focus on providing administrative and financial project management ensuring successful communication between the members of the consortium, and monitoring the project’s progress while reporting a liaising with the European Commission.
  • WP 3: Environmental and Cultural Assessment which is led by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana: This WP will consist of collecting relevant data on procedures, practices, and gender bias at the regional, national, and institutional levels of GEARING Roles’ partner implementing countries. While also analysing and comparing contextual factors at play that support or limit gender equality in institutions to provide recommendations on the design of GEPs based on each institution’s priority.
  • WP 4: Career Progression and human Resources Management EURAXXES, This WP will promote the implementation of the “Open, transparent, merit-based recruitment toolkit” among participating institutions while reflecting on how this toolkit could be strengthen from a gender equality perspective. The WP will also seek to train participating institutions on how to develop researcher career development strategies and how to embed these in their GEPs. EURAXXES will also develop a mentoring programme pilot for R2 (post-docs) female researchers to support them in their career progression.
  • WP 5 Leadership and Decision-Making, led by the University of DEUSTO will encourage equal representation and participation in leadership and decision-making while also, analyse and redefine leadership models from a gender perspective and supporting awareness raising and behavioural changes towards inclusive leadership at the institutional level.
  • WP 6 Research, Education and Innovation, led by Oxford Brookes University, will seek to promote gender mainstreaming in research by including a gender perspective in research programs and methodologies and by fostering scientific production in relation to gender and feminist studies. WP6 will also introduce gender in education by training faculty in the design and development of gender related contents and competencies, and by integrating the gender perspective in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral curricula in all academic disciplines. Finally, it will promote community engagement and encourage diversity and inclusion outside of the classroom through various activities.
  • WP 7 Capacity Building, Training And Support led by Yellow Window YW, will develop effective tools and methods, specifically tailored to meet the partners’ needs and build the capacity of each institutions’ team at all levels, through an Institutional Pairing System. Yellow Window will also lead on designing general and topic-specific training programmes on gender equality and offer expertise on gender equality while building capacities to address main GEPs’ areas of action. Finally, WP7 will build tools and methods drawing on transformation design principles to be mobilised by partner institutions to support the effective involvement of academic communities and key stakeholders.
  • WP 8 Dissemination and Outreach, led by Trilateral Research will coordinate project-wide communication, dissemination and outreach activities to ensure project awareness, knowledge sharing and the uptake of the GEARING tools and results while also maximising the project’s impact by engaging with change agents and key stakeholders in gender and equality in research and innovation across Europe. This WP will also work towardsfacilitating collaboration and information exchange with project partners, research organisations, and other projects/networks.
  • WP 9 Impact Assessment and Evaluation, led by Radboud University will ensure that external assessment mechanisms are in place for the evaluation of the effectiveness of GEPs in participating consortium members, it will then evaluate the design of consortium partners ́ GEPs, defining and fine-tuning guidelines and KPIs for their evaluation in collaboration with consortium partners. Finally, it will aim to analyse the overall impact of the implementation of GEPs in addressing gender inequality among participating consortium members based on indicators set with partners and general measures of gender equality.

Task forces


As part of the GEARING Roles Project Task Forces where appointed in June 2019 to oversee and advise on the design, implementation and evaluation of six Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) across six European research institutions. These Task Forces will support the incorporation of the gender dimension in both research and curriculum at all levels, as well as the development of the Participatory Gender Audits (PGAs).


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