Study focuses on how women are fitting into the global drone market

The study comes from Joanne Kuzma and Kate Dobson of the UK.  They looked at gender diversity in the new commercial drone industry where there has been limited attention in academic research.   The results of their study are published in the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology.  Among their findings, “The average rate of women employment was 13% across various countries” and that “…women are concentrated in non-technical positions, such as sales and administration.”

Kuzma and Dobson analyzed 112 drone service companies in highly industrialized countries, addressing two specific questions:

  1. Do women have lower levels of employment within various job functions in the drone industry compared to their male colleagues?
  2. Is there a gender difference in drone industry employment between various countries?

The results from this new study seem to mirror what we already know. Worldwide women remain underrepresented in traditional STEM fields and the same is true in aviation.  According to FAA data as of year-end 2018 in the United States only 5.9% of Remote Pilots are women. The representation of women pilots in commercial aviation is about the same at 6%.

Here’s a link to the full article:  Kuzma & Dobson, 2018

 

Dr. Joanne Kuzma
University of Roehampton
Acting Director, Roehampton Business School
joanne.kuzma@roehampton.ac.uk

https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/joanne-kuzma(7ab41697-889e-4a6f-83c6-1487654684b0).html

 

Kate Dobson
University of Worcester
Lecturer Consultant in eBusiness & China Partnership Manager
k.dobson@worc.ac.uk

https://www.worc.ac.uk/about/profiles/kate-dobson

 

 

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