Gènere i TIC

Main investigator:
Sáinz Ibáñez, Milagros
Social sciences
Area of specialization:
Network society, Education and ICT, City and Community
Affiliation center:
Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Collaborates with:
e-Learn Center
5 - Gender equality
8 - Decent work and economic growth
4 - Quality education
10 - Reduced inequalities
9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • ICT Information and Communication Technologies
  • STEAM education
  • STEAM education
  • STEAM education
  • Network society
  • Equality policies
  • Gender relations

The GENTIC research group analyses the gender relations involved in the design, development and use of scientific and technological innovations, with particular emphasis on the information and communication technologies (ICT) and the STEM domains (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We address the effects of Internet and the ICTs on different aspects of human activity from a gender perspective and adopting an interdisciplinary approach.

This group is at the forefront of the creation and advancement of knowledge with regard to the continuous importance of gender as a structural principle of contemporary societies and social relations. By including the gender dimension, it provides new perspectives on emerging social challenges. The group addresses the different stages of the research cycle, from basic research to more applied research work, such as the design and assessment of equality policies, the drafting of key recommendations, and the development of R&I and social commitment initiatives.

STEM education and gender

  • The participation and the position of women in secondary education, higher education in general and, more specifically, in the field of STEM.
  • Motivational factors related to the choice of studies of boys and girls.
  • Analysis and comparison of incentive programmes to encourage girls to follow technical careers.

Science, technology and gender

  • Personal, cultural and institutional barriers that hamper the professional development of women in research institutions.
  • Analysis of lifestyles, personal/family life and professional career development.
  • The impact of scientific assessment on the professional progression of women.

STEM employment and gender

  • Position and participation of women in the STEM job market.
  • Analysis of occupational trajectories of women throughout life.
  • Organizational and institutional cultures, gender policies and diversity policies in the private sector.
  • Personal, cultural and institutional barriers that impede the professional development of women.

Public gender policies in the ICT and STEM domains

  • Analysis of policies and initiatives of digital inclusion from a gender perspective and in relation to social inclusion.
  • Policies on work-family balance and policies on time use.
  • Analysis and evaluation of public policies for gender equality.
  • Digital gender divide in access to and use of ICT.

Gender identity and technology

  • Gender stereotypes related with professions and use of technology
  • Analysis of the importance of gender in identity formation.
  • The intersection of gender with other structural variables in the study of different gender identities