Academic Work and Careers in Europe: Trends, Challenges, Perspectives

  • Tatiana Fumasoli
  • Gaële Goastellec
  • Barbara M. Kehm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Angelika Brechelmacher, Elke Park, Gülay Ates, David F. J. Campbell
    Pages 13-40
  3. Timo Aarrevaara, Ian R. Dobson, Janne Wikström
    Pages 95-115
  4. Marie Clarke, Jonathan Drennan, Abbey Hyde, Yurgos Politis
    Pages 117-131
  5. Luminita Moraru, Mirela Praisler, Simona Marin, Corina Bentea
    Pages 151-176
  6. Tatiana Fumasoli, Gaële Goastellec, Barbara M. Kehm
    Pages 201-214

About this book


This book explores the perceptions of academic staff and representatives of institutional leadership about the changes in academic careers and academic work experienced in recent years. It emphasizes standardisation and differentiation of academic career paths, impacts of new forms of quality management on academic work, changes in recruitment, employment and working conditions, and academics’ perceptions of their professional contexts. The book demonstrates a growing diversity within the academic profession and new professional roles inhabiting a space which is neither located in the core business of teaching and research nor at the top level management and leadership. The new higher education professionals tend to be important change agents within the higher education institutions not only fulfilling service and bridging functions but also streamlining academic work to make a contribution to the reputation and competitiveness of the institution as a whole. Based on interviews with academic staff, this book explores the situation in eight European countries: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Romania, and Switzerland.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tatiana Fumasoli
    • 1
  • Gaële Goastellec
    • 2
  • Barbara M. Kehm
    • 3
  1. 1.ARENA Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Observatory Science, Politics and SocietyUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Robert Owen Centre for Educational ChangeUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

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