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National Antarctic Program responses to fieldwork sexual harassment


Nash, M, National Antarctic Program responses to fieldwork sexual harassment, Antarctic Science, 33, (5) pp. 569-571. ISSN 0954-1020 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0954102021000432


Sexual harassment is a common experience for women and those from other underrepresented groups in (white) male-dominated fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Women are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment during remote scientific fieldwork. To date, most of the limited research on fieldwork harassment has focused on individual experiences. There is an urgent need for research on organizational approaches to fieldwork sexual harassment. This study fills this gap by examining sexual harassment prevention by National Antarctic Programs. It draws on a desktop analysis of 36 National Antarctic Program websites with a focus on the current availability and quality of sexual harassment policies and procedures in expeditioner handbooks/field manuals. Findings show that very few National Antarctic Programs make their expeditioner handbooks/field manuals publicly available (n = 9), and even fewer mention sexual harassment in the documentation or describe how to lodge a complaint (n = 3). This article concludes by offering some reasons as to why National Antarctic Programs may be neglecting this issue. It also provides practical recommendations for developing more substantive content in expeditioner handbooks/field manuals and for building inclusive fieldwork environments for a diverse range of expeditioners.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, sexual harassment, Australia, field manual, gender harassment, organizational culture, organizational policy, remote fieldwork
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:146642
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-09-20
Last Modified:2022-10-04
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