Researchers agree that interdisciplinary research is key to tackling the climate crisis, but this research is often under-recognized and under-funded. For women leaders in interdisciplinary maritime sciences, this problem may be exacerbated by the discrimination and underrepresentation they face in this area. In the research publication in One Earth On June 7, researchers shared the results of a study given to 34 women leaders in marine research around the world, highlighting discrimination against women in science and outlining ways to increase gender equality.
The team led by Rebecca Shelok (@Marinebecca), a marine social scientist from the Australian National University, administered his study among women leaders representing 27 nationalities. They found that 70% of respondents believe that interdisciplinary maritime science is more challenging for women leaders and that 60% have personally experienced gender challenges.
The survey was also an opportunity for these leaders to share their experiences. “There is still an expectation that at the meeting of senior scientists, all the women present are the best people to take the minutes,” said one respondent.
Another leader spoke about how women can offer a lot in interdisciplinary research: “I think it’s easier for women to see the value of interdisciplinary science and they see more clearly that it’s actually a specific set of skills – working in disciplines effectively. There is a certain set of skills… I don’t think this is often recognized or less likely to be recognized by men. ”
Some respondents also see interdisciplinary science as an area of opportunity for women: “Monodisciplines have evolved over the centuries and are more competitive, and more difficult for women for cultural reasons. Interdisciplinary science is something new, and perhaps because a new niche is more open, there are more opportunities for women in that niche. ”
To combat these inequalities, the authors suggest that institutional promotion, networking opportunities, and well-designed mentoring programs can help bridge the gender gap. “It is short-lived for sustainability if women are imperceptibly and systematically excluded from leadership opportunities, intentionally or otherwise,” the authors write. “Interdisciplinary marine research circles need to become more gender-inclusive, empowering and attractive for women scientists and potential leaders.
The study is supported by CPAS and the ANU Futures scheme. Some of the authors who contributed to this work were supported by the Global Challenge Fund (GCRF) through the United Kingdom for Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Norwegian Research Council, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation.
one land, Shellock et al .: “Breaking Barriers: Identifying Actions to Promote Gender Equality in Interdisciplinary Marine Research Institutions” https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(22)00261-5
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Subject of research
Breaking down barriers: Identifying actions to promote gender equality in interdisciplinary marine research institutions
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June 7, 2022
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