Supera project over time, four years finally completed
March 29, 2022

After its planned four-year deadline, the Supera project came to an end on Friday 25 March with a final session at the Faculty of Medicine entitled “Beyond ticking boxes. , sustainable, innovative and inclusive gender equality plans”. María Bustelo, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Administration and the main investigator of the project, spoke of the main conclusion of these years of work as the need for “commitment” to keep the project going.

Supera’s main objective was to develop, implement and evaluate six gender equality programmes in two different types of organisations in Southern and Central Europe: four universities (Complutense University of Madrid, University of Cagliari (Italy), Central European University (Hungary-Austria) and the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra in Portugal) and two research funding agencies (Ciencia e Minister of Innovación in Spain and Regione Autonoma della Sardegna in Italy). The project was evaluated by Sciences Po in France and Yellow Window in Belgium, and María Bustelo says that “the Supera project has been a fabulous journey” in which they have learnt a lot from each other and “the collaboration has progressed even beyond expectations”.

Margarita San Andrés, Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Complutense (UCM), explains that our universities have been involved in the implementation of equality policies for many years, albeit at different paces over that time, and that “it is important that the entire Complutense community is involved in order to achieve a clear goal. As a result of this joint work, the first Equality Plan was launched in 2015 and the focus on equality at the University of Combe does not end there; to this must be added the active research group, the Feminist Institute at UCM and a PhD project, among many other activities.

Supera’s lead researcher explains that all the work, including that which will appear in these publications, has been carried out according to four principles. One of these is the aforementioned principle of sustainability, to which must be added accumulation, “using what already exists”. The other two principles guiding the research are innovation and inclusiveness, “because that is the only way to achieve the goals”.