The Social Sciences are areas of knowledge in which the researcher's context can have a major significance. The approaches taken to the research topic and the methodologies of study are the key elements in these areas. The gender of the principal investigator is one of the significant factors. A qualitative methodology has been chosen for this study. Specifically, the techniques that used are individual interviews and discourse analysis in scientific production. Our results reveal a number of trends rather than firm conclusions. Only a quarter of the groups are led by women, whose circumstances seem to be somewhat special and whose position is due to the use of average research models. A greater concern for the training of the research team and for the mood within the group seems to be a differential feature of the female gender. © 2013 CSIC.
- Social sciences and university
- Women researchers