Gender, Skilled Migration and IT: A comparison of Indian and the UK


This ESRC funded project ran from 2016-2018. Through collaboration with NASSCOM, this project sought to develop new perspectives on how to address the low numbers of women in the UK Information Technology (IT) sector, by examining how India attracts and maintains a high representation of women in its IT sector. There have been many attempts to improve women’s participation in the IT industry in the UK but they have had limited and variable success. However, gender equity in IT is an important target globally as there is increasing concern over falling entry and retention levels of women in IT, and in the STEM-subject professions more generally. India’s comparatively high rates of entry and retention are a globally-significant exception.


The team comprised of four members of the Open University: Professor Parvati Raghuram (PI), Professor Clem Herman (Co-I), Dr Gunjan Sondhi (Research Associate), and Dr Esther Ruiz Ben (Research Associate). (More details)


Several industry-facing and academic publications have emerged from the project. Outputs can be accessed from the external site

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