The research network

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.

Special Interest Group Gender Balance

The SIG focuses on the issue of gender balance and diversity 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, diverse, and gender sensitive 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, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, the UK, South Africa, 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, Hildesheim University of Applied Sciences

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
  • Joanne McHale, Technical University Dublin, Ireland
  • Victoria 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