Higher Education Policy

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 663–679 | Cite as

Is It Still Worth Working In Academia? The Views from Portuguese Academics

  • Sónia CardosoEmail author
  • Teresa Carvalho
  • Pedro Videira
Original Article


This paper analyses academics’ perceptions about their current working and employment conditions, academic profession’s social prestige and their willingness to change profession. The aim is to discuss the extent to which academics are being affected by changes in higher education institutions and the academic profession as framed by managerialism, New Public Management and neoliberalism. Collected through a survey to all Portuguese academics, perceptions suggest a contradiction: while evidencing the deterioration of working conditions, academics maintain a positive view regarding the academic profession, evidenced by a predisposition to consider it as socially valued and worth to recommend. So, despite all changes, it seems that to Portuguese academics, working in academia is still worth, at least to some extent. The question is to know for how long.


academic profession managerialism New Public Management neoliberalism Portugal working conditions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.A3ES – Portuguese Agency for the Assessment and Accreditation of Higher EducationLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.CIPES – Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies – CIPESMatosinhos, PortoPortugal
  3. 3.UA – University of Aveiro, Social, Political and Territorial Sciences DepartmentAveiroPortugal

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