Strengthening women's participation in construction research in Europe

Powell, A., Hassan, T., Dainty, A. and Carter, C. (2007) Strengthening women's participation in construction research in Europe. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Very little is known about the role of women in construction research and the factors hindering the equal presence of men and women, despite wider research addressing women's participation in science and engineering generally. This paper reports on the development of the 'WOMEN-CORE' project, co-funded by the European Commission's Research Directorate General under the Sixth EU Framework Programme (FP6). The project is focused on construction generally because of its important role in economic growth and also its male-dominated nature, with women only representing 10 of the UK construction workforce and 8 of the EU. WOMEN-CORE focuses specifically on construction research because of the sector's poor performance in research and innovation and the cost of 'non-quality' as a proportion of total output. Furthermore, women's growing role as decision-makers and buyers is not reflected by their input into construction innovation and creativity. The primary theme of the research is therefore to strengthen women scientists' participation in construction research across Europe. This paper indicates the significance of WOMEN-CORE against the current climate in the construction sector, the European Commission's position on gender equality and wider research addressing women's experiences in science. It then utilizes this literature to develop the WOMEN-CORE research framework around two key themes: enhancing knowledge and strengthening women's participation in construction research.

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