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Breaking down barriers: the identification of actions to promote gender equality in interdisciplinary marine research institutions


Shellock, RJ and Cvitanovic, C and Mackay, M and McKinnon, MC and Blythe, J and Kelly, R and Van Putten, IE and Tuohy, P and Bailey, M and Begossi, A and Crona, B and Fakoya, KA and Ferreira, BP and Ferrer, AJG and Frangoudes, K and Gobin, J and Goh, HC and Haapasaari, P and Hardesty, BD and Haussermann, V and Hoareau, K and Hornidge, AK and Isaacs, M and Kraan, M and Li, Y and Liu, M and Lopes, PFM and Mlakar, M and Morrison, TH and Oxenford, HA and Pecl, GT and Penca, J and Robinson, C and Selim, S and Skern-Mauritzen, M and Soejima, K and Soto, D and Spalding, AK and Vadrot, A and Vaidianu, N and Webber, M and Wisz, MS, Breaking down barriers: the identification of actions to promote gender equality in interdisciplinary marine research institutions, One Earth, 5, (6) pp. 687-708. ISSN 2590-3330 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.oneear.2022.05.006


Interdisciplinary research is paramount to addressing ocean sustainability challenges in the 21st century. However, women leaders have been underrepresented in interdisciplinary marine research, and there is little guidance on how to achieve the conditions that will lead to an increased proportion of women scientists in positions of leadership. Here, we conduct in-depth qualitative research to explore the main barriers and enablers to women's leadership in an academic interdisciplinary marine research context. We found that interdisciplinarity can present unique and additional barriers to women leaders (e.g., complexity and lack of value attributed to interdisciplinary research) and are exacerbated by existing gender-specific issues that women experience (e.g., isolation and underrepresentation and stereotyping). Together these barriers overlap forming the "glass obstacle course" which is particularly challenging for women in minoritized groups. Here, we provide a list of concrete, ambitious, and actionable enablers that can promote and support women's leadership in academic interdisciplinary marine research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women in science, interdisciplinarity, equity, diversity
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Employment equity and diversity
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Mackay, M (Ms Mary Mackay)
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:Van Putten, IE (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
UTAS Author:Hardesty, BD (Dr Britta Hardesty)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:154611
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2022-12-15
Last Modified:2023-02-08

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