The engagement gap: exploring gender differences in university-industry collaboration activities

Valentina Tartari, Ammon Salter

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

79 Citations (SciVal)


In recent years, the debate about the marginality of women in academic science has been extended to academics’ engagement with industry and their commercial efforts. Analyzing multi-source data for a large sample of UK physical and engineering scientists and employing a matching technique, this study suggests women academics to engage less and in different ways than their male colleagues of similar status in collaboration activities with industry. We then argue – and empirical assess - these differences can be mitigated by the social context in which women scientists operate, including the presence of women in the local work setting and their wider discipline, and the institutional support for women’s careers in their organization. We explore the implications of these findings for policies to support women’s scientific and technical careers and engagement with industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1176-1191
Number of pages16
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number6
Early online date16 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • gender
  • academic-engagement with industry
  • university-industry collaboration
  • marginality
  • women in science
  • semi-parametric matching


Dive into the research topics of 'The engagement gap: exploring gender differences in university-industry collaboration activities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this