ESR6: Gender dynamics in rural CWS; a comparison between Austria and Greece

Host: Panteion University, Athens Greece, Supervisor: Martha Michailidou

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

Recent contributions to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (2018) have highlighted that protecting rural women from unacceptable forms of work, enhancing social protection, ensuring their voices are heard and closing the representation gap are key elements needed for transformative action, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be achieved (ILO 2018). Yet, very little is known on the gendered dynamics of creative labour and collaborative forms of organisation in rural areas, despite the recent but very fruitful research which has been carried out on these issues in urban metropolitan centres. This ESR project aims to systematically research a) the ways in which gender affects participation in rural CWS, b) women’s representation and participation in decision making in rural CWS, c) the ways in which rising forms of entrepreneurship may be affected by gendered dynamics, d) the degree to which the aforementioned affect gendered economic and social risk. The project will employ a comparative case study design and qualitative methods, whereby rural collaborative spaces/cases will be selected both from Austria and Greece.

The fellow will be integrated in the PhD curriculum in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University, Athens, Greece.

A secondment is foreseen at Humboldt University, Berlin Germany and Otelo, Austria.


  • Development of theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Design of case studies approach and data collection
  • Comparative (meta) analyses of case studies
  • Knowledge synthesis, development of conceptual models, discussion and policy relevance


  • Masters’ degree in gender studies, creative industries, geography, sociology or another discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • excellent knowledge of qualitative research methods, good knowledge of digital research methods, especially Social Network Analysis
  • fluency in English, preferably good knowledge of Greek and/or German
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools 

For further information you may contact:

Assistant Professor Martha Michailidou,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.