Gender and Sustainability in the Governance of Spanish Universities

23 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2017 Last revised: 19 Apr 2017

Date Written: February 9, 2017

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the structures of the governing bodies at Spanish universities paying special attention to the gender question. This study attempts to contribute to the knowledge of sustainability in universities by analysing women’s participation in the university governing bodies and the relationship between women’s presence in the top tiers of university management and sustainability reporting. To this end, the paper applies a descriptive methodology and presents an exploratory analysis of single-member bodies and collegiate bodies of Spanish public universities. The main results show that women’s participation is unbalanced in the governing bodies of universities due to the low number of women holding positions of high responsibility in these institutions.

Keywords: Sustainability, gender balance, Spanish public universities, governing bodies, sustainability reporting

Suggested Citation

Fernández Izquierdo, Maria Angeles and Muñoz-Torres, Maria and Ferrero-Ferrero, Idoya and Bellés-Colomer, Lucía, Gender and Sustainability in the Governance of Spanish Universities (February 9, 2017). ICCLJ Volume 12, 2017, Issue 2, University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2914172 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2914172

Maria Angeles Fernández Izquierdo (Contact Author)

Jaume I University ( email )

Campus del Riu Sec
Department of Accounting and Finance
E-12071 Castello de la Plana
Spain
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Maria Muñoz-Torres

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

Idoya Ferrero-Ferrero

Jaume I University ( email )

Castellon
E-12071 Castello de la Plana, Castellón de la Plana 12071
Spain

Lucía Bellés-Colomer

Jaume I University ( email )

Campus Riu Sec
Avda. Sos Baynat
Castelló de la Plana, Castelló 12006
Spain

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