International Research Collaboration on Men and Gender in ECEC

For some years now, researchers from several countries have formed an international network on the issue of men, women and gender balance in the ECEC work force. Since 2010, members of the network organized research symposia on the annual conferences of EECERA, a leading international organization in the developing field of early childhood education and care. 2012, the network initiated a Special Interest Group within EECERA. Since then, the network has been growing and is attracting researchers from all over the world.

SIG Gender Balance Research conference

The 9th SIG gender balance research meeting will be held online on Friday, 3rd September 2021, 12.00‐14.00 UTC/BST/GMT. This year, we invite to a less formal meeting of the SIG group, for all interested colleagues. Everybody is welcome.

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Special Interest Group Gender Balance


The SIG focuses on the issue of gender balance in the ECEC work force, and on the important role gender plays in adult-child-relations. The members of the SIG support the aim of increasing the proportion of male workers towards a more gender-balanced ECEC work force. At the same time there is a need for a more differentiated view and research on several aspects of the issue.

The SIG focuses on the links of research, practice and policy, intends to provide an academic forum for the promotion, development and dissemination of research, and facilitates cooperation and collaboration between researchers in the field.

Until now researchers from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Norway, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey have joined the SIG. Researchers from many more countries are on our mailing list and become part of the network. Convenors are Tim Rohrmann (Germany) and Kari Emilsen (Norway).

The SIG organizes research conferences and self organized symposia around and on the EECERA Annual conferences every autumn.

2015 the SIG has published an EECERJ special issue on Gender Balance in the ECEC work force which is available online.

SIG Convenors

Prof. Dr. Tim Rohrmann, Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Childhood Development and Education.

Prof. Kari Emilsen, Associate professor in social science at Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Trondheim, Norway.

together with
David Brody, Efrata College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel
Elin Birgitte Ljunggren, Queen Mauds University College, Trondheim, Norway
Vicky Sullivan, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Jo Warin, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Yuwei Xu, Nottingham University, United Kingdom


If you are interested to join the SIG and/or want to be on the SIGs mailing list, please contact

Tim Rohrmann,

SIG reports are available on our EECERA website