Personal and Professional Barriers to Participation of Women in Industrial Research and Development (R&D) in the North East of England

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Wynarczyk, Pooran and Renner, Chloe (2006) Personal and Professional Barriers to Participation of Women in Industrial Research and Development (R&D) in the North East of England. In: The 14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 11-13, 2006 + May 10, 2006 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 10 May 2006 - 13 May 2006, Enschede, The Netherlands .

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Event: The 14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 11-13, 2006 + May 10, 2006 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 10 May 2006 - 13 May 2006, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract:Concerns about the under-representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in the UK have been raised by the Government and various other organisations since the seventies. However, ‘Women in Industrial R&D’ is relatively a new topic of policy and research. Based on ‘face-to-face’ interviews with 34 females working in some 60 scientific enterprises, this paper attempts to explore professional and personal barriers to participation of women in industrial R&D in the North East of England, a region with low levels of innovation and R&D activities. The results generally paint a more complicated picture than the traditional perception of overt discrimination against women and their career progression. Indeed institutional sexism largely appears to have been successfully tackled in many industries. More subtle issues such as male perception, rich male dominated informal networks, confidence-building, widening career horizons, and breaking down occupational stereotypes will take many years to achieve.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:R&D, Gender, Scientific Labour Market, North East of England, SMEs, SET Pipeline
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/proceedings/163
Organisation URL:http://www.utwente.nl/bms/nikos/
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