Open Forum: The MINDtheGEPs approach to evidence-based policies for Gender Equality Plans

12 May 2023 dalle ore 10:00 alle ore 11:30

Where: Online: Registration required


Facts and figures helps us take the cultural and structural actions needed to achieve gender equality. MINDtheGEPs partners are developing and implementing Gender Equality Plans (or ‘GEPs’, built on data from across the organisation. On 12 May 2023, at 10 CEST we present results and policy recommendations from our mapping of the push and pull factors that are (de)constructing gender inequalities across a research career, and on different levels. Why? Because gender is a social structure that is characterized by multiple intersected barriers, requiring multiple intersected actions to be removed. 


Knowledge about gender imbalances can contribute to sustainable change. During the Open Forum, Cristina Solera from the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Turin, Manuela Naldini from the University of Turin and Lucio Pisacane from the Italian National Research Council (CNR) will present the results from our rich qualitative and quantitative data collection project and our recommendations for how to draw evidence-based responses to build effective gender equality plans in research performing organizations. We will share evidence and recommendations that cover:

  1. Decision making bodies: gendering leaders and institutions
  2. Balancing recruitment and career progression
  3. Improving work-life balance
  4. Gendering research and teaching 

The recommendations are published in a the first MINDtheGEPs policy brief - No data: No policies! The MINDtheGEPs approach to evidence-based policies for Gender Equality Plans



Cristina Solera  is the coordinator of MINDtheGEPs. She is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Turin and an affiliate at Collegio Carlo Alberto. She is also a member of the Research Center for Women's and Gender studies (CIRSDe). She has been part of many international projects, such as Barriers Towards Eu Citizenship or Transition to parenthood. She is currently engaged in the Italian National Relevant Project GEA-Gendering Academia, which is about assessing multiple dimensions of gender inequalities in academia, connected to MINDtheGEPs’ work on assessing gender imbalances. Her research interests include women's labour-market participation, work-family reconciliation, new models of motherhood and fatherhood, comparative social policies, gender, and class inequalities. 


Manuela Naldini is full Professor of Sociology at University of Turin and Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto. She has coordinated several international and national research projects on topics related to family changes, comparative studies of welfare states, gender studies, work-family reconciliation issues, migrant families and more recently gendering academia. She has been WP coordinator within the FP7 "Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship” (bEU citizen). Currently she is the Principal Investigator of GEA-Gendering Academia Research Project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and University. She is also involved in the Horizon 2020 project KIDS4ALL. In MINDtheGEPs she is the scientific co-coordinator (alongside Rosy Musumeci) of the work package performing qualitative assessment of gender imbalances. She will coordinate the work to interview researchers and key informants in partner organisations that are implementing gender equality plans. 


Lucio Pisacane is researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He is leading the MINDtheGEPs team at CNR designing the gender equality plan for systemic institutional change and supporting the management and implementation of the project. He is currently coordination the EU project, gEneSys, transforming gendered interrelations of power and inequalities for just energy systems. He is passionate about gender equality in science as a way to transform the research organisation towards inclusiveness, openness and diversity. In the belief that inclusive and diverse work environments nourish scientific work.