Liisa Husu

Professor of Gender Studies; Co-Director of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden


Dr. Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert, actively engaged in gender and science issues in research, policy and civil society since the early 1980s. She is Professor of Gender Studies at the Örebro University, Sweden, and Co-Director of the three-university research platform GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and also affiliated to the Department of Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. From the early 1980s to mid-1990s she was engaged in gender equality policy-making in the Finnish governmental gender equality machinery in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs as a Senior Adviser and National co-ordinator of Women’s Studies.

Her re­­search and publications fo­­cus on gen­­der in scien­­ce, academia and knowledge production, espe­­­­­­cially gen­­der dyna­­mics and in­­equa­­li­­ties in scien­­tific careers, organisations and scien­­ce po­­licy. She has lectured and presented her research in thirty countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, Morocco, South Africa and USA. She has contributed extensively as a gender expert and ad­­vi­­ser for research and higher education stakeholders in Nor­­dic count­­­­­­­­­­­­ries, Europe and internationally, including ministries, international and national agencies and research funding organisations, as well as several universities especially in the Nordic region. Husu has played an active role in European research development and actions on gender and science in EC expert groups, European research projects (ADVANCE, PROMETEA, genSET, GEDII) and international networks. She is partner of GenPORT, a major EU FP7 project pooling and organising international gender and science resources for research, policy and action into an interactive portal. Husu contributed to the EC re­­port Gen­­der and Excel­­lence in the Making (2004), and was the Rap­­­­porteur of the EC ex­­pert group Gen­­der and Ex­­cel­­len­­ce (The Gender Challenge in Research Funding, 2009). She was a founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists and a long-term member of its board. As the moderator of the European Network on Gender Equality in Higher Education she has contributed to organising nine European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education. She has been Vice-Chair of the University of Helsinki Equality Committee, and inaugural Chair of the Board of NIKK, the Nordic Gender Institute. In 2009 she was awarded the University of Helsinki Gender Equality Prize, the Maikki Friberg Prize.

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