For many years, KTH has worked in various ways to increase gender equality in different parts of its education and research activities, as well as in the administration. However, it was not until 2017 (when it was decided that a major restructuring and resource allocation would be implemented in this area) that the university established a central coordinating function in the form of the KTH Equality Office.
Thus, KTH is now conducting research-based proactive work at both the strategic and practical level, with the aim of promoting gender equality, diversity and equal terms in an intersectional perspective throughout the university's organisation. These efforts are based on legal requirements as well as institution-specific governing documents and guidelines. In cooperation with other internal faculty and operational support actors that deal with issues of gender equality, the unit intends to systematise and streamline this field of inquiry. The work targets the entire operational population, i.e. employees (faculty as well as support activities) and students (at the first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle levels). It focuses on both structural and cultural aspects of inequality and gender inequality.
The KTH Equality Office currently consists of seven people: the Vice President for Gender Equality and Values; three JML Strategist specialising in Employee and Student Issues; a Special Expert and two Project Managers. The unit cooperates both internally and externally in order to develop KTH’s operations in accordance with defined objectives. In addition to work related to gender mainstreaming, the Equality Office also coordinates the active measures required by the Discrimination Act and reporting to the Discrimination Ombudsman. The Equality Office coordinates its work with KTH's systematic work environment and sustainability efforts.