University of Bradford


Journeying towards institutional structural gender equality change: reflections from GENOVATE@UNIBRAD

Prof Uduak Archibong, Prof Crina Oltean-Dumbrava,

University of Bradford

Prof Nazira Karodia UniversityWolverhampton, UK.

This paper presents GENOVATE’s unique approach to promote gender equality in research and innovation across all academic disciplines at the University of Bradford [UNIBRAD] using a social model of gender equality implementation. It offers a reflection on UNIBRAD’s approach to integrate gender equality into research practices in many ways focusing on transforming organizational culture. The purpose is to examine how change processes, from two theoretical traditions [social practice theory and the complex-adaptive systems theory]  are borne out in UNIBRAD’s project.  The paper highlights implications for how both stability and change are accomplished within UNIBRAD and beyond.  It also considers how far such theories of change offer lenses for seeing the issues involved in implementing gender equality change programme, while illuminating some of the key achievements and challenges at different stages during the institution’s journey in developing its Gender Equality Action Plan.