Gender, diversity and representation in automotive and transport design undergraduate courses

Felipe Moreira, Katarzyna Gut, Andree Woodcock

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In this paper, we present results and recommendations on gender representation and diversity in Automotive and Transport Design courses in the United Kingdom based on a small interview study of students and one tutor. With high levels of interest and investment in encouraging (gender) diversity in STE(A)M subjects and professions, this paper provides a contemporary account of gender dynamics in a transport design course. Our analysis shows a persistent, unequal ratio of male and female students and staff, as well as the need to address issues of gender and inclusivity more closely. Lastly, we call attention to the students’ discourses and present some recommendations for HE and institutions interested in diversifying their recruitment and personnel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Gender Research, ICGR 2021
EditorsElisabeth T. Pereira, Carlos Costa, Zélia Breda
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781912764952
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021
Event4th International Conference on Gender Research - Virtual, Aveiro, Portugal
Duration: 21 Jun 202122 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Gender Research
ISSN (Electronic)2516-2810


Conference4th International Conference on Gender Research
Abbreviated titleICGR 2021
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work was conducted as part of the EU funded, H2020 TInnGO project, grant number 824349

Publisher Copyright:
© The Authors, 2021. All Rights Reserved.


  • Design pedagogy
  • Gender gap
  • Higher education, automotive design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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