The primary aim for our working group ‘Close the Data Gap: Gender Equity in Transport Research’ (CtDG) is to create an equitable future for all by closing the gender data gap that currently exists in transport research. To achieve this, current research practice will be reviewed at each phase of the research lifecycle. This will provide an understanding of the steps that are required for gender equitable research outcomes, and the barriers that need to be overcome. We are working to ensure that internal systems will prompt researchers at key stages in their research practice to consider gender equity. We are also compiling transport specific guidance on how research projects may impact gender unfairly. In addition, we are collaborating with external transport groups campaigning for equity and raising awareness of representing gender in research using social media, articles, and presentations.
Our Objectives: The Four R’s
We will review research practices by looking at each stage of the research lifecycle. This will identify where barriers exist and where gender equity currently is or could potentially be, highlighting where shifts in practice can be made towards gender mainstreaming.
- Raise awareness
We will raise awareness, both internally and externally, about the importance of equitable data collection and analysing and reporting data with gender in mind. Awareness will be raised using social media campaigns, collaborating with other transport equity groups and presenting at relevant forums.
- Role model
We want to role model our commitment to equitable research outcomes by acknowledging the barriers in our own research and acting on opportunities to create research with gender equitable outcomes. These gender equitable research outcomes will be presented through conferences, publications, research supervision, and reviews.
- Research guidance
We will provide research guidance for achieving equitable research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting within the TRG and other internal forums. We will direct researchers towards existing best practice and offer practical guidance on working with internal structures such as Ethics, Research and Innovation Services (RIS), and PhD training and reporting.