DEUSTO INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SCHOOL (DIRS)
Deusto International Research School (DIRS) will endeavor to assure equal access opportunities for all applicants and, in particular, a fair female representation. In the recruitment process of researchers, particular attention will be paid to equal opportunities through positive measures such as attention to the gender balance of the results in the selection process or the adjustment of required time limits in relation to childbirth and maternity leave. Recruitment calls will state that the DIRS project is an equal opportunity employer, thus encouraging female applicants. In fact, currently, 72% of the PhD candidates recruited by the University of Deusto are women.
Regarding the content of the research, the DIRS also seeks to advance the awareness of the gender dimension of specific focus areas. There is still much to be done outside specifically “female areas/topics”. DIRS makes a conscious effort to build gender issues into the project as a transversal axis to focus areas and in all courses, seminars and conferences. This approach is supported and guaranteed by the expertise in gender issues of key university staff. Recruitment calls will make explicit requests to applicants that they include and develop the gender issues of their projects and proposals, and innovative topics from a gender perspective or proposals that mainstream gender into new or general areas will be given particular consideration. In general terms, the whole project will contribute to the implementation of the Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015, the strategy of the Commission to improve the place of women in the labor market, in society and in decision-making positions both in the European Union and throughout the world.