Devrim Göktepe-Hultén (*email address protected*)
Rebecca Lund (*email address protected*)

Academia and universities across the globe have been undergoing a great deal of change the past three decades. Nation states, on the basis of recommendations from international organizations such as the OECD, increasingly seek competitive advantage in the so-called ‘global knowledge economy’. To that end, numerous university and higher education reforms have been carried out, emphasizing internationalization, innovation, entrepreneurialism, societal impact, higher standards in research and diversification of funding. As a result the boundaries, logics and relationship to surrounding society are changing; the governance, management and organization of universities, as well as the nature of academic work, academic knowledge production and definitions of quality and excellence have been undergoing significant transformation. This has involved redefinitions of what counts as the valuable, good, or ideal academic.

Although policy makers, managers and other stakeholders often claim these new standards for quality and success to be inevitable, objective, and neutral, many studies have shown how women and men are differently positioned in terms of achieving recognition and promotion, hence their career possibilities and paths look quite different (eg. Etzkowitz, H, et al 2000; She Figure, 2015). A number of scholars have critiqued the ways in which these reforms of universities, often happening in line with neoliberal values, reproduce and strengthen inequality in terms of gender, but also in terms of intersecting class, age, ethnicity (e.g. Lund 2015).

This track invites contributions that explore gendered and intersecting social relations within the entrepreneurial university. How, why, and to what extent does the entrepreneurial university further or hinder gender (and intersecting) equality? The track welcomes different perspectives, different methodological approaches, diverging theoretical understandings of gender and intersectionality, but expects critical analysis that can bring about new theoretical and empirical insights on this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact the conveners with any questions regarding your contribution. The conveners hope that contributions accepted for this track would take part in a special issue suggested for the Triple Helix Journal, once the conference is complete and the papers developed.

The track organizers hope that the contributions accepted for this track would take part in a special issue suggested for the Triple Helix journal, once the conference is completed and the papers developed.


Etzkowitz, H. (2005) Athena Unbound: The Advancement of women in science and technology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Goel, R K., Göktepe-Hultén, D, and Ram, R. (2015) Academics’ entrepreneurship propensities and gender differences. In Journal of Technology Transfer, 161-177.
Lund, R. (2015) Doing the Ideal academic: gender, excellence and changing academia. Helsinki: Unigrafia.