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Gendered Design in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math)

This project will contribute to more inclusive technological designs in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) by building capacity in gendered innovations. Gendered innovations are new or improved products and processes designed using sex and gender analysis and that generate substantial benefits for society and advance gender equality.

Responding to gaps in gendered research and design, the project seeks to expand and enhance the community of experts and innovators in gendered innovation, particularly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs); develop gendered case studies and design projects that are driven by LMIC interests and researchers; and make gendered challenges in the design of technologies more visible to researchers, designers, and innovators, particularly in LMICs.

Carleton University, in close collaboration with multidisciplinary experts in Canada and LMICs, will manage and coordinate the primary activities: calls for case studies as well as prototype and process designs; the delivery of complementary training and mentoring; and knowledge synthesis. The calls will be open to a number of countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia and up to 30 small grants will support both face-to-face and virtual capacity-building activities. Outputs will include up to 20 case studies and 10 design prototypes, up to 60 graduate students trained, publications, and a public science portal of virtual/online exhibits.

The project will strengthen the community of scholars and innovators engaged in gendered innovation, leading to a new network, particularly in LMICs. The project is structured to foster mutual learning and long-lasting partnerships among institutions of higher learning in LMICs and Canada.

Project ID
Project Status
36 months
IDRC Officer
Ann Weston
Total Funding
CA$ 1,100,000.00
South America
South Asia
South of Sahara
Education and Science
Foundations for Innovation
Education and Science
Institution Country
Carleton University
Institution Country
Project Leader
Bjarki Hallgrimsson
Carleton University