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Choosing between academy and industry: Industrial PhDs and their supervisors speak about gendered research environments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2013 (English)In: Gender Paradoxes in Changing Academic and Scientific Organization(s): Conference of Workshops, 20-21 october 2011 / [ed] Sofia Strid and Liisa Husu, Linköping & Örebro: Institute of Thematic Gender Studies , 2013, 45-58 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the possible gender effects of the triple-helix initiative of fostering PhD students in close cooperation with industry. The empirical material consists of interviews with industrial PhD students, doing part of their education in an industrial company, and their supervisors in both the academy and the industry.

Industry was preferred by almost all female PhD’s as a future workplace, but only a minority of male PhD students. What is interesting in this material is the certainty with which the female students talked about their preferences: they were not only assuming that life was better outside the academy, they had tried it and were firm in their conclusions. Thus, triple-helix initiatives such as this may disadvantage the academy in the competition for female researchers and require that leaders in the academy, in this case doctoral supervisors, adopt some more of the organizational thinking that was expressed by the industrial supervisors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping & Örebro: Institute of Thematic Gender Studies , 2013. 45-58 p.
, CFS Report Series, ISSN 1103-2618 ; 24
Keyword [en]
gender equality, higher education, research careers
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214285ISBN: 978-91-7519-566-7ISBN: 978-91-7668-950-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-214285DiVA: diva2:684586
Contexts on knowledge and gender in scientific-technological change
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-08

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