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Lines of research

Among the IUIEG lines of research, the following stand out:

1.- Health and Gender.

With the aim of contributing to expanding the frontiers of health sciences and public health, this line of research is interested in revealing gender biases in health care and proposes the inclusion of women in clinical trials and their gender analysis, to make visible inaccurate information in published research derived from gender insensitivity, and their impact on care practices. It is also worth highlighting the interest in the impact on health of migratory processes from a gender perspective or gender violence and the development of measures against such violence in the health field.

Within this line, research is being developed in relation to:

  1. Gender-based health policies.
  2. Gender biases in healthcare and research.
  3. Gender violence and health.
  4. Migration, health and gender.
  5. Gender-based analysis of secondary information sources related to health and its determining factors.
  6. Analysis of the impact of the gender context on health-disease and mortality through the calculation of gender indicators.

2.- Gender, Literature and Linguistics

This line aims to address, from a multidisciplinary gender perspective, French, English and North American, Hispanic and Catalan literatures (as well as other artistic and cultural manifestations), with the aim of proving how the language of the writer, artist, creator is expressed in the literary text. Along these lines, linguistics, psychoanalysis, anthropology and sociology are disciplines that significantly enrich the study of these texts from a gender perspective.

This line includes research work related to:

  1. The genre in Hispanic/Spanish, French and French-speaking, English and North American and Catalan literatures.
  2. Psychoanalysis and linguistics applied to gender studies.
  3. Postcolonial studies.
  4. Gender violence and racism in written literature.
  5. Literature, migration and gender.
  6. Writing and masculinities.
  7. Other arts (cinema) from a gender perspective.

3.- Development and Gender

The essential relationship between development and gender is the basis of argument for this broad line of research, in which women's human rights play a predominant role, but so do, to a lesser extent, the contrasting contributions of women to development. In this sense, it analyses in which way and with which contents economic, cultural, educational, social and psychological development, etc. makes possible scenarios of empowerment for women. We are interested in both the macro and the microstructural level. The relationship between gender and development goes through both levels of social structure, showing itself as a valuable way of generating new knowledge.

The research work carried out within this line are related to:

  1. Feminisms and diversities.
  2. Gender and migrations.
  3. IT pioneering women and gender digital gap.
  4. Economic analysis from a gender perspective.
  5. Women and business: relationships, images and asymmetries.
  6. Structural and direct gender violence and its impact on development.
  7. Functional diversity and gender.
  8. Gender bias in the media: press and advertising.
  9. Architecture and citizens.

4.- Gender, History, Law and Power

This line of research focuses on the relations between gender, citizenship and politics from a legal, historical and philosophical perspective. It covers a wide range of aspects, both linked to the contributions of feminist thought and derived from the exercise of civil, social and political rights in the past and present. This line studies the construction of diverse gender identities and their relations with other identity categories (such as class, ethnic group or nation) in order to propose the need to rethink questions and reformulate concepts that will make advance in academic knowledge and contribution to a more egalitarian society possible.

Within this line of research, we find the following themes are developed from a gender perspective:

  1. Contemporary feminist theories.
  2. Women and politics.
  3. Democracy, elections and modernisation.
  4. Gender relations through history.
  5. Historical construction of feminities and masculinities.
  6. New maternities, new families.
  7. Laicism and interculturalism from a gender perspective.
  8. Citizenship and rights.
  9. Law and discrimination.

5.- Education and Gender

The relevance of education in the construction of an equal society without exclusions constitutes the axis of this line of research, from pedagogical, psychological and sociological perspectives. This line focuses on co-educational initiatives that question the transmission of gender stereotypes in the education system, promote alternatives to sexist teaching and foster equal relations in educational settings. It also analyses and develops proposals on equal access to training for women and men.

This line include research related to:

  1. Inequality, gender and education.
  2. Co-education.
  3. Higher eduction and gender.
  4. Diversity, education and gender.
  5. Gender and physical activity


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Alicante (Spain)

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