Policy Press

Gender and Physics in the Academy

Theory, Policy and Practice in European Perspective

Edited by Meytal Eran-Jona, Pauline Leonard, Yosef Nir and Marika Taylor

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529222302

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 1, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529222319

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Gender and Physics in the Academy

This innovative interdisciplinary collection confronts the worldwide challenge of women's under-representation in science through an interrogation of the field of physics and its gender imbalance.

Leading physicists and sociologists from across Europe collaborate to adopt a comparative approach. They draw on theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence to explore the reasons behind low participation levels, from entering the field to sustaining a career, emphasising the importance of social perspectives over biological explanations.

Evaluating policy solutions implemented in various European contexts, this book offers key insights into the world of women physicists and sheds light on their life stories.

Meytal Eran-Jona is an organizational sociologist and the Head of Diversity and Inclusion Office at Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Pauline Leonard is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Web Science Institute and Director of the Work Futures Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK.

Yosef Nir is Professor in the Faculty of Physics, the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Marika Taylor is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

Part 1: Introduction

1. Gender and Physics in the Academy

Part 2: Theorizing Gender and Physics

2. Thinking with Feminist Historical Materialism for Exploring Women in Science - Rebecca Lund

3. The Academic Career in Physics As a ‘Deal’: Choosing Physics Within a Gendered Power Structure and Excellence As an Extra Hurdle For Women - Meytal Eran-Jona, Yosef Nir

4. Ambiguous Results of Gender Equality Interventions in STEM Research and Academia - Paula Pustułka, Paulina Sekuła

5. ‘You Can’t Seek Gender Inequality in Physics Without Addressing the Institutional Conext’ - Eileen Drew

Part 3: Comparaive Policy Approaches

6. Gender Differences in the Career Aspirations of Young Physicists - Marika Taylor

7. Implementing Gender Equality Plans in Physics Research Institutions: Experiences and Lessons Learnt From the GENERA Project - Thomas Berghöfer, Helene Schiffbänker, Lisa Kamlade

8. ‘Difficult to Recognise But Harmful’: Experiences of Microaggression Among European Female Physicists - Paulina Sekuła

9. Women in String Theory - Yolando Luzano

10. Women in Astronomy - Francesca Primas

11. Towards Gender Equality in the UK and Ireland: Have Discipline Specific Equality Awards Made a Difference? - Nicola Wilkin

12. Conceptualising the PhD in Physics as a Hurdle Race, With Hidden Hurdles for Women - Meytal Eran-Jona, Yosef Nir

Part 4: Gender and Physics in Practice

13. Narrating Gender and Physics: Life Stories of Senior Physicists - Pauline Leonard, Marika Taylor

14. Visualising Gender and Physics: A Tour Around the World of Physics - Meytal Eran-Jona

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