Improving Research with a Gender Sensitive Approach

How is Gender Relevant in Academic Research?

Experience has shown that we can’t assume that technology and research will benefit everyone equally. Impacts interact with existing social structures – such as gender inequality. Practitioners in International Development are already well-versed in techniques to identify and mitigate asymmetrical gender impacts and have developed toolkits and guides to meet these challenges – but they can be hard to apply in academic settings. The materials on these pages draw together expertise from the International Development sector and researchers in Higher Education in the Global South and the Global North, to create pithy and accessible tools that are aimed specifically at academic researchers seeking to implement gender sensitive research projects. On these pages you’ll find practical tools, to help you do gender sensitive research, and briefings and clips on specific themes such as agriculture, climate change, economics, and IT.

Our simplified approach to 'Gender Sensitive Situational Analysis' is the best place to start.

Your Project: Working Out How Gender is Relevant

Our short, simplified tool is aimed at academic researchers, who are new to dealing with gender equality requirements, particularly those in STEMM. Using it will enable you to work out how gender is relevant to your academic project and what you can do to maximise the benefits it delivers.

A flow chart. Left to right. Gender Sensitive Situational Analysis. 1. Access to decision making. 2. Access to & control over resources. 3. Divisions of labour. Research Stages. 1. Conceptualisation of the project. 2. Data collection and fieldwork. 3. Research team. 4. Impact and dissemination. 5, Monitoring outcomes.

Experts Explain: Doing Gender Sensitive Research

Why Gender Sensitive Research is Important: Engineering and Infrastructure Examples
Dr. Sarah Ssali

Gender and Human Computer Interaction
Dr. Maryam Mustafa

Doing Gender Sensitive Economics Research
Dr. Hadia Majid


Gender Sensitive Agricultural Research
Dr. Tefide Kizildeniz

Engineering Humanitarian Technology Interventions of Gender
Dr. Samer Abdelnour

Gender and Fieldwork
Dr. Sarah Ssali

Building Capacity and Mainstreaming Gender: Case Study Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. Sarah Ssali

Supporting Gender Equal Participation in Science
Dr. Sarah Ssali

Feminist International Collaborations: A Best Practice Example of an Interdisciplinary and Participatory Approach

Project team

Dr Rosalind Cavaghan is the Project Manager and Lead Researcher of the ‘Doing Gender Sensitive Research’ Project. She is an independent scholar and consultant who manages GENDER.ED's SFC/GCRF funded project ‘Integrating Gender into GCRF Funding Bids and Projects’. The project aims to increase gender sensitive research capacity across all disciplines, especially STEM at Edinburgh and in partner institutions. Her research applies a feminist political economy lens to EU macro economic policy, climate transition policies and post-Brexit trade policy, focusing on intersectional policy impacts and bureaucratic and civil society knowledge production processes, that seek to promote or challenge existing policy.

Fiona Mackay  is the founding Director of GENDER.ED (2017-2022). She is a feminist political scientist at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the impact of gender reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional change, addressing the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be designed or reformed to address gender inequality and promote gender justice.