Anna Wahl new vice rector at KTH
Anna Wahl has recently been appointed and also assumed the position as one of four vice rectors at KTH starting her work from 1st January of this year.
Before her new appointment Anna leads the work with KTH's gender equality, a mission that all higher education institutions have received from the government and this work will continue even more when Anna becomes the Vice Rector that are charge of this work.
To follow this up we have made a short interview with Anna.
Since you first came to KTH/INDEK have you seen any progression in the subject?
I came to KTH in the summer of 2005. We were a group of five researchers called Fosfor that moved to KTH from Stockholm School of Economics (since 2008 the unit is a part of INDEK and at the same time Anna was assigned title as professor)
Our area of research is gender and organization, often focusing on leadership and change. Since we came to KTH, we have both conducted several research and development projects where parts of KTH was included, and we have participated in KTH's equality work in different ways.
I have also collaborated with the former Vice rector Gustav Amberg during several years as the role as expert. In the hefty ten years I have been at KTH a lot has happened
Many management teams and executives have been educated in gender equality. We have formed a group called FFA (Future Faculty Responsible) consisting of Vice school directors and school director from all schools at KTH. In the group a gender perspective has always been present in all discussions and decisions, particularly in matters relating to the Faculty
In the career support that has been developed, equality is integrated consciously. Vi have also brought up the question to integrate gender and equality in the undergraduate education and several good initiatives have been made.
All of this work we will continue to build and develop.
There is though still problem with inequality so there is a lot of work remain to be done.
What do you take with you from your work/research at INDEK to the new post as Vice rector and that job?
The first years we were an own unit at ITM. During that period, I was a part of the management team at ITM and later I was part of INDEK management team. I have also been vice school director at the ITM school. I will bring all my experience from INDEK/ITM of leadership in academy together with experience from other assignments (for example from Vinnova, Swedish Science Council, the national agency, and the national secretariat of gender research) that I have been a part of to my new assignment as Vice rector of KTH. In terms of expertise, this assignment is very close to my own field of research.
I will have the great assistance of the theoretical and practical knowledge I have from gender research and gender equality.
My assignment also includes questions about values, that I am looking forward to work with. It is about ensuring good governance. This includes how the organizational culture at KTH can be developed, and that includes of course the dimensions of equality and diversity.
What do you see as the main challenges as Vice rector?
As vice rector I will led the work to develop a plan on gender integration for KTH. It is an assignment from the government. The plan should include activities and targets based on the perceived problems of gender inequality in different areas.
The plan should cover all parts of KTH's activities, ie education, research and administrative / technical staff.
The major challenge of this work is to really get started on change where needed. It will be important to have a broad engagement to increase equality on KTH, which requires greater awareness throughout the whole organization.
There is already good work in many places at KTH and it is important to build on what we already have started.
How do you divide the work between INDEK and the assignment as Vice rector?
My assignment as Vice rector is 50 percent, hence I will continue my work as professor on INDEK on remaining 50 percent. How it will work practically I don’t know yet