Intersectional practices in Academia

Online Roundtable | Intersectionality and institutional change in Academia: The theory and the practice Session 2
  • 2 June 2021
  • 14:00-15:30 cest (Brussels time)
  • Ea Høg Utoft
  • Andrea D. Bührmann
  • Barbara Hey
  • Gemma Irvine
  • Ingrid Schacherl
  • Sofia Jabeen
Important information

This online roundtable is part of the intersectionality series of GE Academy. We kindly suggest you consider registering to “Intersectionality and institutional change in Academia: The theory and the practice Session 1

Learning objectives
  • Understanding intersectionality and its relations with other perspectives (gender+ and diversity approaches)
  • Sensitise about the importance of adopting theoretical and practical tools aiming at a broader inclusivity of academic/research institutions
  • Familiarise with theoretical and practical implications connected to the application of an intersectional perspective to promote institutional change in academic/research institutions
  • Address ways to articulate a gender+ equality agenda with a diversity agenda: challenges and pitfalls
  • Exchange on how to address intersectionality and diversity in GEP design and implementation.
Who is it for?
  • Human Resources officers in academic/research institutions
  • Gender Equality Officers/Gender focal points in academic/research institutions
  • Equal opportunity and diversity officers/EDI staff in academic/research institutions
  • Gender Equality Plan (GEP) team members in academic/research institutions
  • Gender Equality activists/promoters in academic/research institutions
  • Researchers
Training Material


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4

Background Note


Questions for discussion



Ea Høg Utoft

Aarhus University, Moderator

Dr. Ea Høg Utoft is a postdoc with the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research interests cover gender and diversity interventions in organizations, as well as gender dynamics in academia and in knowledge production. Her work is published in Gender, Work & Organization; Signs - Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Evaluation and Programme Planning (amongst others). Her PhD dissertation is available online through the Politicas PhD series.


Andrea D. Bührmann

University of Göttingen

Dr. Andrea D. Buehrmann is professor of sociology and founding director of the Goettingen Diversity Research Institute at the University of Göttingen. On the one hand she has conducted many research projects on diversity and intersectionality. On the other hand, she has advised organizations on a national and international level how to respond to diversity.

Barbara Hey

University of Graz

Dr. Barbara Hey, MBA: Head of the Coordination Center of Women’s Studies, Gender Research and Equality Issues, University Graz (since appointment in 2000). Lecturer gender studies, University of Graz; Main occupational fields: Research based development of strategies and programs for the institutional promotion of gender studies, equal opportunities, antibias-skills and and other equality issues in higher education, carreer advancement of women, staff development.

Gemma Irvine

Maynooth University

Dr Gemma Irvine is currently Vice-President for Equality & Diversity in Maynooth University with responsibility for leading strategic change in the areas of equality, diversity, inclusion and inter-culturalism across the entire University community, students and staff. Dr Irvine also has oversight of the expansion and enhancement of access and widening participation programmes to ensure the University is inclusive for all students. Previously as Head of Policy and Strategic Planning in the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Dr Irvine coordinated a national approach to the development and implementation of policy for higher education, with specific responsibility for the enhancement of teaching and learning, research including open science, international education and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Sofia Jabeen

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) - London School of Economics

Sofia Jabeen is the Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at LSE- London School of Economics and Political Sciences. With over a 10 year career spanning equity, diversity and human rights in the private, public and voluntary sector, Sofia has extensive experience of developing and implementing EDI strategy and stakeholder engagement around EDI initiatives. Sofia previously worked at London South Bank University, where she has held the position of Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Taking an evidence based approach to EDI, Sofia builds on her previous work in local authorities, the Police, and NHS, where she was nominated as National Equality Lead for the ambulance sector and received an award from the Department of Health for equity and diversity leadership.

Ingrid Schacherl

Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna

The current research interests include university research and organizational development from a gender perspective: gender equality, intersectional equal treatment, non-binary organizational development at universities. Since 2018, head of the coordination office for the advancement of women, gender studies, diversity at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Studied social sciences in the field of women's and gender studies with a focus on inter- and transdisciplinarity. Involvement in numerous applied research projects and feminist counseling centers. Scientific support and consulting for various Austrian ministries in the implementation of gender mainstreaming. Member of Gender Mainstreaming Experts International (GMEI) since 2003. Reference: EQUISTU - Equality Implementation Standards for Universities (