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

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  • © 2015


  • The first European study to analyze the new working conditions and careers of academic staff at universities
  • Provides new insights into the academic profession and changes related to work, identity and job roles
  • Presents a broad diversity of the perspectives included in the analysis of changing academic careers and work
  • Draws overall conclusions from a major study about higher education and social change
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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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Tatiana Fumasoli

  • Observatory Science, Politics and Society, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Gaële Goastellec

  • Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Barbara M. Kehm

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