(GI-22/2) Inclusion of the gender perspective in higher education

Coordinators of the Group:

Members of the Research Group


Gender equality, Women in STEAM, Inclusive language, Educational innovation, Digital competence for educators, Pedagogical agents.

Brief description of the Group and Objectives:

Multidisciplinary research group on the inclusion of the gender perspective in higher education, with emphasis on the STEAM field. This group is committed to research-action around the promotion of gender equality from education, through inclusive discourse and language, the visibility of female role models, the selection and design of educational materials and the continuous training of the teaching staff. With action-research we refer to dealing simultaneously with knowledge and its application in reality, so that theory and practice continually feed off each other. The results of the research will guide the design of gender-integrating learning situations, from the use of language to the creation of materials, tools and teaching resources, and knowledge will be transferred to the rest of the educational levels. This group aims to promote change in the perception of the role of women in society not only among students, but also among teachers. Finally, we also seek to promote the use of innovative methodologies and digital tools among teachers, with the aim of improving student motivation and the results of the teaching-learning process.

  • To determine which are the most relevant elements to effectively integrate the gender perspective in higher education (discourse and language, content selection, methodology, pedagogical agents, etc.).
  • To design specific actions, informed by scientific evidence, to include the gender perspective in education.
  • To make women visible in traditionally masculinized fields of knowledge, as is the case of the STEAM field.
  • To transfer the results obtained to the rest of educational levels.
  • To raise awareness, among teaching staff, of the importance of education from a gender perspective.
  • To encourage teachers to use digital tools in education.

Lines of research:

  • Inclusion of the gender perspective in higher education.
  • Promotion of women in STEAM fields.
  • Educational innovation by using digital tools.


  • Orozco-Sanmartín, A.; Cardoner, N.; Aragón C.F., Ruiz-Murrigarren, S.; Vicens, M.; Álvarez-Mon, M.A. y Lahera, G. (2021). Obsessive-compulsive symptoms in anxiety and depressive disorders: influence of recent and/or traumatic life events. Revista de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rpsm.2020.12.002.
  • Madrigal-González J.; Ríos R.S.; Aragón C.F. y Gianoli E. (2018). Indirect facilitation by a lianna might explain the dominance of a small tree in a temperate forest. Journal of Plant Ecology, 11, 604-612.
  • Pérez Asperilla, E.; González García, C. y Aragón, C.F. (2022). Los avatares en la educación online: visibilizando a las mujeres STEM en el Aula Virtual. En TIC docentes. Thomson Reuters-Aranzadi.
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2021). Distritos culturales y participación turístico-ciudadana: creando experiencias e identidades. En Marfil-Carmona, R. (Coord.) Historia, arte y patrimonio cultural, pp. 119-141. Dykinson. Disponible en: https://www.dykinson.com/libros/historia-arte-y-patrimonio-cultural/9788413773230/
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2020). Sostenibilidad y Distritos Culturales: Bankside, South Bank y London Bridge en Chaves Martín, M. Á. (Ed.) Visiones Urbanas, pp. 677-685. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Disponible en: https://es.calameo.com/read/00441965924c516ab15cf
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2018). La implicación de los cinco sentidos en la conformación del Distrito Cultural. Bankside, London Bridge y South Bank (Londres) en Chaves Martín, M. Á. (Ed.) Distritos Culturales y Revitalización Urbana, pp. 179-199. Icono 14. Disponible en: https://es.calameo.com/read/004419659670a651b1450
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2018). Wharves and Warehouses: Arte y Obsolescencia. Narrativas Urbana, pp. 925-935. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Disponible en: https://es.calameo.com/read/004419659cc52b2a80383
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2017). Las mujeres-ganso de Crossbones Graveyard. Cuestiones de género: de la igualdad y la diferencia, 12, 307-324. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18002/cg.v0i12.4831
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2017). Transformando Bankside en Pérez, E. M.; Martínez, E. y Silva dos Santos, F. C. (Eds.). GLOCAL [codificar, mediar, transformar, vivir], pp. 869-875. Universitat Politècnica de València. Disponible en: https://gdocu.upv.es/alfresco/service/api/node/content/workspace/SpacesStore/9467579b-4743-419b-9315-44ebb1846cfa/6365.pdf?guest=true
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2016). Los cinco sentidos en el Distrito Cultural: aplicación del Atlas Multisensorial en Bankside en Chaves Martín, M. y Lorente, J. P. (Eds.) Barrios Artísticos y Distritos Culturales. Nuevos espacios para la creatividad y la revitalización urbana, pp. 229-252. Icono, 14. Disponible en: https://es.calameo.com/read/004419659aeb60d538f8c
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2016). The Icelandic Love Corporation: feminismo, arte y acción en Chaves Martín, M.Á. (Ed.) Ciudad y Artes Visuales, pp. 303-310. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Disponible en: https://es.calameo.com/read/004419659afab8c3709ee
  • Pérez Asperilla, E. (2016). Naturaleza vs. Ciudad: una mirada hacia la sostenibilidad a través de las artistas nórdicas en Acosta Collazo, A. (Coord.) Convergencias del Diseño y de la Construcción. Vol. V: Arquitectura, Ingeniería Civil y Urbanismo. Alteraciones antrópicas en la ciudad y el medio ambiente, pp. 414-429. Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes.
  • Moreno-Torres, I.; González-García, C.; Marconi, M.; García-Grande, A.; Rodríguez-Esparragoza, L,.; Elvira, V.; Ramil, E.; Campos-Ruíz, L.; García-Hernández, R.; Al-Shahrour, F,.; Fustero-Torre, C.; Sánchez-Sanz, A.; García-Merino, A. y Sánchez López, A.J. (2018). Immunophenotype and Transcriptome Profile of Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Treated With Fingolimod: Setting Up a Model for Prediction of Response in a 2-Year Translational Study. Frontiers in Immunology 9, 1693. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6068231/
  • González-García, C.; Torres, IM.; García-Hernández, R.; Campos-Ruíz, L.; Esparragoza, LR.; Coronado, MJ.; Grande, AG.; García-Merino, A. y Sánchez López, AJ. (2017). Mechanisms of action of cannabidiol in adoptively transferred experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Experimental Neurology 298, 57-67. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014488617302212?via%3Dihub
  • Vaquero, J.; Zurita, M.; Rico, MA.; Bonilla, C.; Aguayo, C.; Fernández, C.; Tapiador, N.; Sevilla, M.; Morejón, C.; Montilla, J.; Martínez, F.; Marín, E,.; Bustamante, S.; Vázquez, D,.; Carballido, J.; Rodríguez, A.; Martínez, P.; García, C.; Ovejero, M. y Fernández, MV. (2017). Repeated subarachnoid administrations of autologous mesenchymal stromal cells supported in autologous plasma improve quality of life in patients suffering incomplete spinal cord injury. Cytotherapy, 19(3), 349-359. https://www.celltherapyjournal.org/article/S1465-3249(16)30618-1/fulltext

Research projects:

  • Project's name: Plasma levels of oxytocin under conditions of stress and prosociability in bipolar disorder: a longitudinal study (PI21/01252).
    IP: Lahera, G.
    Number of researchers: 11
    Announcement: Call for the Health Research Fund (FIS). Subprogram of health research projects, within the Strategic Health Action. Call 2021.
    Endowment: 50.336 euros.
    Start-end date: 2021-2024.
  • Project's name: Terrestrial invasive plants of the Calamocarro stream basin, located in the SCI-ZEPA of Calamocarro-Benzú in Ceuta. Threats and management measures for the ecological restoration of the environment.
    IP: De Torre-Ceijas, R.
    Number of researchers: 3
    Announcement: Call for Research Grants 2017 of the Institute of Ceuta Studies.
    Endowment: 4.500 euros.
    Start-end date: 1/1/2018 - 31/12/2018
  • Project's name: Women for Innovation, Science and Art: building the educational platform MICA (code ID-UDIMA-2021-08).
    IPl: Pérez Asperilla, E., Aragón, C.F.
    Número de investigadores: 3
    Tipo de convocatoria: II Call for Grants for Educational Innovation Projects of the Open University of Madrid.
    Dotación: 2.000 euros
    Fecha de inicio-fin: 01/01/2022 – 31/12/2022.
  • Project's name: Dynamization of the Virtual Classroom through the creation of avatars of great scientists and inventors in the history of humanity (code ID-UDIMA-2020-04).
    IP: Pérez Asperilla, E., González García, C.
    Number of researchers: 3
    Announcement: I Call for Grants for Educational Innovation Projects of the Open University of Madrid.
    Endowment: 1.920,24 euros
    Start-end date: 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021.
  • Project's name: Art, Architecture and Heritage in the processes of building the image of the new cultural enclaves (from the District to the Territory) (Ref. PGC2018-094351-B-C43).
    IP: Chaves Martín, M.A.
    Announcement: Research project of the National Plan I+D+i Generation of Knowledge 2018.
    Start-end date: 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2022.
  • Project's name: Cultural Districts: Images and imaginaries in the processes of revitalization of urban spaces (Ref. HAR2015-66288-C4-2-P).
    IP: Chaves Martín, M.A.
    Announcement: Research project I+D (MINECO, Call 2015. Projects of Excellence)
    Endowment: 14.157 euros.
    Start-end date: 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018.
  • Project's name: Th17 regulatory networks and lymphocyte subpopulation distribution in Gilenya (fingolimod) treated patients and their correlation with clinical response. A longitudinal prospective study.
    IP: García Merino, J.A.
    Number of researchers:  9
    Announcement:  Funding provided by Novartis.
    Start-end date: 2014 - 2017
  • Project's name: Research project Mesenchymal cells and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis: cell circulation patterns and effect of Cannabidiol.
    IP:  García Merino, J.A.
    Number of researchers: 7
    Announcement: Call for the Health Research Fund (FIS). Subprogram of health research projects, within the Strategic Health Action.Instituto de Salud Carlos III (PI12/02672).
    Start-end date: 2013-2016.
  • Project's name: Immunomodulation and neuroprotection in multiple sclerosis therapy: involvement of the endocannabinoid system and new drugs. A longitudinal study.
    IP: García Merino, J.A.
    Announcement:  Call for the Health Research Fund (FIS). Subprogram of health research projects, within the Strategic Health Action.Instituto de Salud Carlos III (PI15/02099).
    Endowment:  92.565,00 euros
    Start-end date: 2016-2018.
  • Project's name: Mesenchymal cells and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis: cell circulation patterns and effect of Cannabidiol.
    IP:  García Merino, J.A
    Number of researchers: 9
    Announcement: Multiple Sclerosis Research Scholarships. Fundación Genzyme.
    Endowment:  10.000 euros.
    Start-end date: 2015-2017.