The Inter-University Women and Gender Studies Institute (Institut Interuniversitari d'Estudis de Dones i Gènere – iiEDG) is an Institute created via a collaboration agreement between different research groups attached to seven Catalan universities. The initiative to create an inter-university institute that would bring together all, or most, of the research groups working on women and gender studies was born in the early 1990s, and its aim was essentially the recognition and institutionalisation of studies on women and gender in the university sphere.


The participation of researchers from very diverse disciplines within the iiEDG favours its inter-disciplinary approach, which is fundamental in gender studies. It has a large team of experts, each with a wealth of teaching experience and an acknowledged track record, and is a pioneer in the development of research projects financed through awards offered on a competitive basis at regional, state and international levels.

The iiEDG was created with the moral and financial support of the Catalan Women’s Institute and the Catalan Government’s Department of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise. The participating Catalan universities are: University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Girona, UPC-Barcelona Tech, Rovira i Virgili University, University of Vic, University of Lleida.