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Ulrika Haake, Professor in Education at the Department of Education, Umeå University.

She finished her PhD in Education in 2004, with the thesis “Leadership making in the academy: On the discursive identity development of departmental heads”. Haake has been the research leader for several research projects and for profile areas in the field of working life pedagogy both locally at Umeå University (the field of Leadership, Organization and Working Life - LOA), nationally (Network: Pedagogy in Working life), and internationally (Network: Working Life and Learning, within the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, ESREA). The research Haake conducts is in the areas of Higher Education and Work life, often focusing on leadership, governance, gender and gender equality. Over the years, Haake has held many different management assignments and formal managerial positions, ranging from study program responsibilities and research leader responsibilities, to study directorships for postgraduate education and vice dean/dean assignments at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Umeå University. Today she is the director of Umeå School of Sport Sciences.


Leif Lindberg, Professor in Education at Linnaeus University.

PhD 1983 together with Gerd Lindberg, with the thesis “Educational Research in Sweden 1948-1971. An Explorative Study of Internal and External Factors”, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå University. The year 2000 recruited to the then Växjö University to build a University Center for Educational Development. He received a professorship in Pedagogik (Education) and migrated to Linnaeus University 2010 in parallell with[u1]  the merger between Växjö University and the University College of Kalmar. Later appointed Senior Professor. His interest in research on gender equality in Higher Education rose by Ulla Riis linking him to a government assignment on a replication study regarding the valuing of women’s and men’s qualifications in Academia. Relevant here were his in-depth knowledge and experience of academic qualifications in general, and his use of expert opinions as research material in particular, acquired through his history of science and sociology of science studies of the discipline Pedagogik. Since then, research on women’s and men’s careers in Higher Education has been one of his recurring themes. Emeritus since 2018.



Ulla Riis, Professor in Education at Uppsala University.

The years 1972-1996 at Linköping University. In 1978 she attended the first official Swedish conference on research into equality between women and men (“Forskning om jämställdhet”). In 1990-1993, being the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Linköping University, she chaired an Appointments board, and in this period the vigilance on gender equality in hiring academic staff was stepped up. Thus, her interest in equality started out as a practical problem. In 1994 she was handed the responsibility for a research based study regarding the valuing of women’s and men’s qualifications in academic recruitment. Empirical material was peer reviewers’ written assessments of the qualifications of women and men competing for academic positions. Two decades later she applied a similar approach to an evaluation of an academic promotion reform, and here she and colleagues included and analysed the applicants’ dossiers as well. Over the years the differences of chances between women and men has been in focus of her research on Higher Education and on Science Education in school. Emerita since 2012.


Charlotte Silander, Associate professor in Political Science at the Department of Education and Teachers’ Practice, Linnaeus University.

Her research focus is on the governance of Higher Education with a special emphasis on diversity and gender equality. She is currently involved in the following research projects:

“Gender equality policy – what works?”  is a comparative investigation of gender equality policy on both the national and the institutional level in the Nordic countries. The research takes place in the framework of Nordicore Centre of Excellence, Oslo University.

“Political entrepreneurship and sustainable development” focuses EU policy, sustainable development and political entrepreneurship. Here a special interest is directed towards questions on how EU policy addresses the sustainable development goals on gender and education. The research takes place under the framework of the Research Group of European Studies, Linnaeus University.

“Democracy at the crossroads” studies gender and diversity issues in the South African educational system in comparation with Europe. The overall framework of the project is comparative analyses of South African and European democratic consolidation on different arenas. The research takes place in the framework of the Research Group of European Studies, Linnaeus University.