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Gender and Development Network (Gadnet)

This is GADNET

GADNET – Gender and Development Network, is a national network open for researchers based in Sweden with a gender perspective on global development issues. From July 2011 Gadnet is an informal network rotating between different universities on a yearly basis. At present GADNET has about 100 members.

The purpose of the network is to

  • provide information to the members of the network and
  • to organise a small yearly workshop.

Until the end of December 2011 it is located and administrated by a 'sub-group' at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. From January 2012 the responsibility will transferred to the 'sub-group' at Lund university.

There are three sub-groups at present: 

University of Gothenburg: contact person Gunilla Blomqvist (email)

Lund university: contact person Monica Lindberg Falk (email)

Stockholm university: contact person Sigrun Helmfrid (email)

We also hope that a group will be formed at Uppsala university: contact person Charlotta Widmark (email)

The sub-groups will primarily organise the yearly workshop and handle the email-list.

We encourage further formations of sub-group all over Sweden. If you are interested, please contact us for further information or assistance.

GADNET 2004-June 2011

The network was funded by Sida/SAREC between 2004-june 20011.The overarching goal of GADNET was to maintain a national research community of researchers in Sweden with research interests in gender and development issues, connected to each other through the network (GADNET).

The stated objectives of GADNET were to:

  • support, encourage and connect Swedish gender and development researchers from different disciplines and universities;
  • be a channel for researchers in developing countries to participate in dialogues with Swedish researchers;
  • promote conceptual, theoretical and methodological discussions and development across disciplines;
  • contribute to the knowledge and understanding of gender and development issues amongst gender studies researchers and other scholars, students, an interested public and practitioners within development cooperation.

The formation of GADNET

As a result of the initial networkingactivities during the winter and spring of 2004, more than 50 researchers and doctoral students at a great number of Swedish universities and university colleges had been located. Among these 18 researchers (called nodes), representing 11 universities and university colleges were specifically contacted and invited for a meeting at Centre for Global Gender Studies in Gothenburg on April 28, 2004. That was the GADNET founding meeting and the participants expressed a great need for creating an active research community across Sweden, focused on gender and development issues.

GADNET activities

The DreamCatcher workshops were intended to be think tanks for the members of GADNET and Global Gender Studies. As such they were important both to develop Swedish research on gender and development, and to establish and strengthen the contacts with researchers from all over the world in the forefront within gender and development research.

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