The aim of this project is to produce an in-depth review of the experiences of women in Scotland’s aquaculture industry, with a focus on barriers to entry, retention and progression, and approaches to overcome them, exploring ways to increase opportunities for women in aquaculture. The internship will look at experiences at all levels of Scotland’s aquaculture sector- from those working on-site to those in managerial and research roles. This will involve reviewing existing literature, evidence, research reports and other published outputs and grey literature, on the role of women in Scottish aquaculture and the current industry policies on women working in the sector. The literature review will focus on the situation in Scotland but may also draw on any relevant literature from other countries where there is applicable learning to draw on.
The project will also involve a small number of telephone/ zoom interviews with women who work/ have worked in aquaculture businesses, business owners and representative organisations to collect some qualitative primary data on the issue.
If possible, it would also be useful to understand how to incentivise women who live in the local area of an aquaculture farm to seek employment in the industry. Getting more of the local community directly employed would potentially help to support the social acceptability of the aquaculture.
The output of the project will be a report and a presentation setting out findings covering:
- research on women’s experiences on barriers, and approaches or actions taken to overcome them
- gender-policies held by aquaculture companies operating within Scotland
- data on the gender distribution of women currently working within Scottish Aquaculture by sector area (e.g. on-site workers, site managers, area managers, researchers and so on)
- current systematic and cultural barriers facing women at all levels in Scottish Aquaculture
- information about how to incentivise local women to seek employment in aquaculture near to where they live and strengthen community support for aquaculture
- recommendations for an industry code of ‘best practice’ to support women entering and working within Scotland’s aquaculture industry and to help the industry to begin to dismantle and cultural and systematic barriers where they exist
The specific objectives of the project are thus:
- Review empirical and theoretical literature (published and grey) on the women in Scotland’s aquaculture industry
- Review ‘gender policies’ held by aquaculture companies operating within Scotland
- Carry out interviews with women/workers and business owners to identify any systemic and cultural barriers to women entering staying/advancing and codes of ‘best practice’ that facilitate the participation of women within the industry.
- Present findings and recommendations to Scottish Government colleagues and the WISA group.
A report and presentation on the findings of the project.
The intern will be a member of the Marine Analytical Unit and will be managed by a social researcher from the Unit. They may be asked to undertake additional analytical tasks in the Marine Analytical Unit. Currently staff are working remotely /from home due to Covid-19. We do not know when we will return to offices so it is likely that the intern will also be required to work from home.