The European Commission put innovation at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy. Innovation is seen as a way to address major social problems, such as human health and well-being. How can we ask new questions to foster innovations?How can we open new areas to research?Can we affort to ignore such opportunities? Gendered innovations in science, medicine, and technology employ sex and gender analysis as a resource to stimulate creativity, and by doing so enhance the lives of both, men and women. As this project demonstrates, sex and gender analysis spark innovation by asking new questions and opening new areas to research. The goal of the EU/US Gendered Innovations project is to provide scientists, biomedical and public health researchers, engineers, and technology designers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis. Gendered Innovations moves beyond identifying "gender bias" in knowledge. Gender bias emphasizes what is wrong; gendered innovations, by contrast, sparks our positive imagination to create new knowledge.
Project Description and Outcomes
The Project was initiated at Stanford University in July 2009 by Londa Schiebinger. It will now go international through a collaboration with the European Union. The Gendered Innovations project develops state-of-the-art methods of sex and gender analysis for basic and applied science. Such methods serve to enhance objectivity in science and enhance design in engineering. As with any set of methods, new ones will be fashioned and others discarded as circumstances change. Some transfer easily from science to science, others do not. the value of their implementation depends, as with their research methods, on the creativity of the research team. There is no recipe that can simply be plugged into research design.
To achieve these goals, the Gendered Innovations project will produce a website. The site highlights three elements:
- Methods of sex and gender analysis relevant to basic and applied research.
- Terminology defining key concepts used throughout the site.
- Case Studies documenting specific gendered innovations and demonstrating how methods of sex and gender analysis are applied in specific examples.
The project is funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University
For more information go to: genderedinnovations.stanford.edu