Work-Life Balance: Exploring the Myths and Realities of Family, Home, Work, and Life Pressures for Early Career Academics

  • Kathryn A. Sutherland
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 20)


The concept of work-life balance in academia has been well studied, but definitions are contested and the ability to ever actually achieve such balance is disputed. This chapter unravels some of the myths around ‘work-life balance’ in academia by looking into the family and household demographics of early career academics, and asks about their ability to live fulfilled lives at work and at home. It concludes that work-life balance is experienced differently by men and women, and that universities need to work harder on removing structural obstacles, pressures, and unrealistic expectations that make it difficult for early career academics to meet their obligations and fulfil their aspirations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn A. Sutherland
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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