Rachel Palmén

rachel-palmenI completed my doctoral research looking at community engagement processes at the neighbourhood level in Brazil and the UK in 2007 at the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. My main research interests include co-design processes in different public policy areas, gender equality, particularly in the realm of gender and science and integrating the gender dimension into scientific content.

I form part of the GenPORT consortium which is an FP7 support and coordination action to develop an internet portal for sharing knowledge and inspiring collaborative action on gender and science. I coordinated the user needs assessment for the portal in order to make sure that the portal was co-designed with relevant stakeholders. I was also responsible for coordinating the production of six research syntheses and twenty-five policy briefs which look at, Recruitment and Promotion, Gender Equality Plans, Gender Dimension in Research Content and Gender Balance in Decision-Making, Tackling Sexual Harassment, Intersectionality, Securing Top-Level Support for Gender Equality, Building Gender Competence and Knowledge and Statistics and Methodology.

I also recently coordinated a civil society dialogue project co-financed by the EU and Turkey examining Violence against Women in Turkey, Spain and Italy and the various strategies that have been employed to combat it – coordinated by Notus: Applied Social Research. As part of the Gender and ICT Research Team based at the IN3 (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute), I am currently working on two Horizon 2020 projects: the GEDII project which aims to provide new concepts and methods for researching the impact of gender diversity on research performance on the team level and EFFORTi which will develop an Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I.




Phone: (+34) 93 253 5762

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Selected Publications

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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