Brazilian Higher Education: Converging Trajectory Patterns in a Diverse Institutional Environment

  • Elizabeth BalbachevskyEmail author
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 16)


This paper analyses the most relevant dynamics shaping the patterns of recruitment and promotion faced by academics in different sectors of Brazilian higher education. These patterns have been reconstructed considering two different dimensions: the consequences of the changes in the regulatory framework enforcing better academic credentials for the faculty of all institutions, and the degree of inbreeding and marked segregation produced by the institutions’ strategies for recruiting new scholars. Results provide evidence of strong convergent dynamics since the end of the 1990s. What will be the outcome of these changes, both for the public sector, but mostly for the private one, is still an open question. It will most surely depend on the strategies adopted by the institutions and also on the kind of regulatory framework developed by the government.


Brazil Academic profession Patterns of academic recruitment Academic inbreeding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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