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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