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EXCHANGES - Freight, Logistics and the Gender Perspective

Project Leader
Unbehaun Wiebke, BOKU Project Leader
Mobilität der Zukunft - F&E-Dienstleistungen
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Büro für Nachhaltige Kompetenz GmbH, Schönbrunner Straße 59-61/26, 1050 Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information:

Unbehaun Wiebke, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2019)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Transport Studies
Institute of Production and Logistics
EXCHANGES - Freight, Logistics and the Gender Perspective (EXCHANGE)
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Until a product reaches its final destination, a range of actors are involved: This includes freight forwarder, hauliers, terminal and infrastructure operators, transport companies and persons charged with the transport itself. These persons relate to each other in many different ways. In all these sectors – which also includes accompanying scientific research – women are underrepresented. This leads to the questions, in which areas of these relationships women could be affected as users at all, which potentials can be shown in a higher incorporation of women in these areas and which suitable rudiments exist to exploit these potentials optimally. The project EXCHANGES aimed at answering this questions. Withal the gender relevance in individual areas of freight transport was identified and based on this, guidelines for stronger future consideration of gender relevant issues for freight transport were developed.
Primarily the project has been addressed to the question, in which areas of logistical value-added chain features of people are considered. Thereby professional users on side of service providers were considered as well as users of freight transport and logistic services on demand side. After the identification of person relevant areas of freight transport, the gender relevant aspects were identified. Particularly the roles resp. positions occupied by women were examined as well as the question to what extent research and development takes gender aspects into account. In this investigation a close cooperation with research departements of the companies and universities was essential.
For companies and research institutions it was examined to what extent the incorporated competence of women lead to innovation in business models, research results, innovations and management approaches. The conditions which positively influence the integration of women in organisations, research and research contents were investigated. Conclusively strategies and guidelines were evolved, that may lead to an increasing integration of women and gender relevant issues in the field of freight transport and logistics, esp. in FTI projects.
Report on:
Traffic engineering; Gender studies;
Relevance of gender; Freight mobility; Integration; Logistic;
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