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An Outsider in Academia

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Looking back on what I have often described as a messy but rewarding career, it is clear that my experience was shaped by a rich cultural heritage. The following is my story of building a non-typical academic career.

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  • Academic Career
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Academic Woman
  • Research High Degree
  • Senior Management Team

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White, K. (2013). An Outsider in Academia. In: Bagilhole, B., White, K. (eds) Generation and Gender in Academia. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137269171_6

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