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Research for newer mind set in forestry

Published: 18 November 2013

On the initiative of the government and the operators in forestry, will researchers from Luleå University of Technology develop methods which help forestry to become a more gender equal trade. The goal is to create attractive jobs and a competitive industry.

– We will work with the operators in the forestry to develop concrete methods for gender equality development. We will look at the organizations existing gender equality work, evaluate it and develop new approaches, says Kristina Johansson, PhD student at the Department of Human Work Science.

The previously efforts to increase gender equality in forestry has focused primarily on women and o strengthen those already in the industry, but also to encourage more women to apply to forestry educations. This project aims to move the focus to the organizations and structures within them. These changes will create new opportunities for women and men to work in the industry.

– Both government and the industry have called for research on gender and equality in forestry work. Forestry and the green industry usually end up at the bottom when to rank how far gender equality has come, says Kristina Johansson.

All need to be included

Men have historically dominated the industry. The figure has increased, but still are only ten per cent of all employed women. There is also an imbalance in the different occupational groups. Women have positions where academic qualifications are in demand, but the more practical tasks are still male-coded.

– Historically it was a tough and physical job, which justified it. But that argument does not hold anymore. Today is the work very technical.

To be able to create attractive jobs and become competitive must the industry broaden its recruitment base.

– It is no longer possible to concentrate on a small portion of the population. The image of the woodsman who lives in the country, is a hunter and wears a flannel shirt does not include all men. It is not just about opening up for women, but also for other men, says Kristina Johansson.

The more than two-year project From macho to modern: Equality in forestry work organizations is funded by 2.8 million by Vinnova.