Research funding organizations are increasingly working to entice researchers to integrate the sex and gender perspectives in the content of their research. However, little is known about the efficacy of these policy strategies, not least being the mechanisms by which they are operationalized. This study addresses a type of implementation measure that has received scant attention in the literature: namely, how funding organizations try to persuade researchers to conduct their research in a certain way. An analysis of the rhetoric employed by the European Commission with the purpose of making Horizon Europe grant recipients integrate the sex and gender perspectives expose a variety of persuasion techniques, including appeals to reason (logos), character (ethos) and emotion (pathos).
Currently a post-doc at Chalmers University of Technology but transferring to Mid-Sweden University in March. Since defending my dissertation in 2014, I have worked on different aspects of science policy implementation in both academic and government positions. From having focused on the national- and supra-national levels I am in the process of shifting my attention to concern regional and local governments’ research funding and effects thereof.
Chalmers University of Technology, Dep. Of Economics and Technology Managements, Div. Science, Society and Technology Mid-Sweden University, Center for Research on Economic Relations