Rachel Palmén

rachel-palmenDr Rachel Palmén is currently senior researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3 – UOC) in Barcelona, Spain where she forms part of the Gender and ICT research program. She gained her PhD in community participation from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University– which examined community engagement processes in Brazil and the U.K.

Her current research interests include gender and science – specifically looking at the implementation of Gender Equality Plans. She formed part of the EFFORTi project which developed an evaluation framework for promoting gender equality in R&I and as part of this work she co-ordinated 19 case studies of gender equality interventions in R&I throughout Europe.  She coordinated workpackages 2 and 4 for the GenPORT project which involved carrying out a European wide needs assessment in the field of gender and science and she coordinated the development of 6 research syntheses and 26 policy briefs.

She is currently working on two Horizon 2020 projects in the field of gender equality and science; TARGET which supports institutional transformation in RPOs, RFOs and a network of higher education engineering schools in the Mediterranean and the ACT – “Communities of PrACTice for Accelerating Gender Equality and Institutional Change in Research and Innovation across Europe” project.




Phone: (+34) 93 253 5762

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Selected Publications

Palmén, R. [Rachel], & Müller, J. [Jörg] (Eds.). (2022). A Community of Practice Approach to Improving Gender Equality in Research (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003225546

Buehrer, S. [Susanne], Kalpazidou Schmidt, E. [Evanthia], Rigler, D. [Dorottya], & Palmen, R. [Rachel]. (2021). How to Implement Context-Sensitive Evaluation Approaches in Countries with still Emerging Evaluation Cultures. Public Policy and Administration, 20(3), 368-381. https://doi.org/10.5755/j01.ppaa.20.3.28371

O’Connor, P. [Pat], Hodgins, M. [Margaret], Woods, D. R. [Dorian R.], Wallwaey, E. [Elisa], Palmen, R. [Rachel], Van Den Brink, M. [Marieke], & Schmidt, E. K. [Evanthia K.]. (2021). Organisational Characteristics That Facilitate Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in Higher Education? Administrative Sciences, 11(4), 138. https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci11040138

Thomson, A. [Aleksandra], Palmén, R. [Rachel], Reidl, S. [Sybille], Barnard, S. [Sarah], Beranek, S. [Sarah], Dainty, A. [Andrew R. J] & Hassan, T. [Tarek M.]. (2021). Fostering collaborative approaches to gender equality interventions in higher education and research: the case of transnational and multi-institutional communities of practice. Journal of Gender Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2021.1935804

Bührer, S., Kalpazidou Schmidt, E., Palmén, R., & Reidl, S. (2020). Evaluating gender equality effects in research and innovation systems. Scientometrics. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-020-03596-1

Palmén, R., Arroyo, L., Müller, J., Reidl, S., Caprile, M., & Unger, M. (2020). Integrating the gender dimension in teaching, research content & knowledge and technology transfer: Validating the EFFORTI evaluation framework through three case studies in EuropeEvaluation and Programme Planning, 79doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101751

Striebing, C., Kalpazidou Schmidt, E., Palmén, R., Holzinger, F., & Nagy, B. (2020). Women Underrepresentation in R&I: A Sector Program Assessment of the Contribution of Gender Equality Policies in Research and Innovation. Evaluation and Programme Planning, 79. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101749

Palmén, R., & Kalpazidou Schmidt, E. (2019). Analysing facilitating and hindering factors for implementing gender equality interventions in R&I: Structures and processes, Evaluation and Program Planning, 77. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101726

Palmen, R., Schmidt, E. K., Striebing, C., Reidl, S., Bührer, S., & Groo, D. (2019). Measuring gender in R&I – theories, methods, and experience, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 44(2), 154-165. doi: 10.1080/03080188.2019.1603873

Palmén, R., & De Micheli, B. (2015). Education and Training, GenPORT Research Synthesis 1.

Müller, J., & Palmén, R. (2015). Academic and Science Careers, GenPORT Research Synthesis 2.

Palmén, R., & Bitusikova, A. (2015). Institutional Practices and Processes, GenPORT Research Synthesis 3.

Pollitzer, E., & Palmén, R. (2015). Gender in Research Content and Knowledge, GenPORT Research Synthesis 4.

Palmén, R., Lipinsky, A., & Getz, L. (2015). Policy Setting and Implementation, GenPORT Research Synthesis 5.

Caprile, M., Palmén, R., Sanz, P., & Dente, G. (2015). Encouraging STEM Studies: Labour Market Situation and Comparison of Practices Targeted at Young People in Different Member States, European Parliament.

Caprile, M., Valles, N., & Palmén, R. (2012). Guia práctica para la inclusión de la perspectiva de género en los contenidos de la investigación. Barcelona, CIREM.

Sáinz, M., Palmén, R., & Garcia, S. (2012). Parental and Secondary School Teachers’ Perceptions of ICT and their Role in the Choice of Studies. Sex Roles, 66(3-4), 235-249. doi: 10.1007/s11199-011-0055-9

Müller, J., Castaño, C., González, A., & Palmén, R. (2011). Policy Towards Gender Equality in Science and Research. Brussels Economic Review, 54(2/3), Special Issue, Beyond the leaky pipeline- Challenges for research on gender and science, 295-316.

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