Intersectionality and its sister approaches

Online Roundtable | Intersectionality and institutional change in Academia: The theory and the practice Session 1
  • 31 May 2021
  • 09:30-11:00 cest (Brussels time)
  • Ea Høg Utoft
  • Lise Rolandsen Agustín
  • Mieke Verloo
  • Victoria Showunmi
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 2

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

Background Note


Questions for discussion



Ea Høg Utoft


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.

Lise Rolandsen Agustín

Associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Aalborg

Lise Rolandsen Agustín is Associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Aalborg (Denmark). Her research focuses on gender equality, social movements, intersectionality and gender-based violence. She is the author of Gender Equality, Intersectionality and Diversity in Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Sexual Harassment in the Work Place `{`Seksuel chikane på arbejdspladsen. Faglige, politiske og retlige spor`}` (with Anette Borchorst, Aalborg University Press, 2017). Together with Petra Ahrens she has co-edited Gendering the European Parliament: Structures, Policies and Practices (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Mieke Verloo


Mieke Verloo is Professor at Radboud, and Non-Residential Permanent Fellow at the IWM, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. She is the winner of the 2015 ECPG Gender and Politics Career Achievement Award. She was scientific director of large research projects on gender equality policymaking in Europe (see and and has extensive consultancy and training experience on gender mainstreaming and intersectionality for several European governments and institutions. She published the edited volume on Varieties of opposition to gender equality in Europe (2018), and the special issue ‘The feminist project under threat in Europe” in Politics and Governance, co-edited with David Paternotte. Her current work is on the complex relationship between democracy and gender+ equality, on understanding gender regimes, and on gendered body politics.

Victoria Showunmi

Lecturer in Education at UCL IOE

Dr Victoria Showunmi is a Lecturer in Education at UCL IOE. She has an extensive career in gender, identity, race in the context of 1) educational leadership, and 2) Black women and girls. She is international known for the work using an intersectional approach in gender and has conducted research across many countries including Pakistan, Brazil, Ireland, England and USA. In addition to this, she is an executive member of AERA, BELMAS and GEA. Her passion is on social justice and transformational change.