A feminist approach to university- industry relations: Integrating theories of gender, knowledge, and capital

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Jennifer Croissant

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Ever more frequently and globally, universities partner with for-profit firms. This paper explains why information about university-industry ties is relevant to global justice issues and should be garnering critical scrutiny from various feminist perspectives. Knowledge about university-industry ties aids in understanding of: (1) nonhierarchical structures; (2) academic capitalism and intellectual property laws; (3) how exclusion of women from technoscience networks shapes technology, commodifies women's bodies, and has implications for justice in developing nations. University-industry relationships are major mechanisms in the production and development of knowledge and its intersections with systems of social hierarchy, and the complex globalization of structures, laws, technologies, and bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-269
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011



  • Academic capitalism
  • Feminist science studies
  • Gendered organization
  • University-industry collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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