The literature on gender and science shows that scientific careers continue to be characterised – albeit with important differences among countries – by strong gender discriminations, especially in more prestigious positions. Much less investigated is the issue of which stage in the career such differences begin to show up.

Gender and Precarious Research Careers aims to advance the debate on the process of precarisation in higher education and its gendered effects, and springs from a three-year research project across institutions in seven European countries: Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Iceland, Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria. Examining gender asymmetries in academic and research organisations, this insightful volume focuses particularly on early careers. It centres both on STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and SSH (Social Science and Humanities) fields.

Offering recommendations to design innovative organisational policies and self-tailored ‘Gender Equality Plans’ to be implemented in universities and research centres, this volume will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Gender Studies, Sociology of Work and Industry, Sociology of Knowledge, Business Studies and Higher Education.


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ByAnnalisa Murgia, Barbara Poggio
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part I|1 pages

The state of the art

chapter 1|35 pages

Gender and precarious careers in academia and research

14Macro, meso and micro perspectives
ByRossella Bozzon, Annalisa Murgia, Barbara Poggio
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chapter 2|31 pages

The gendered diversification of academic career paths in comparative perspective

ByNicky Le Feuvre, Pierre Bataille, Sabine Kradolfer, Maria del Rio Carral, Marie Sautier
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Academic and research organisations

chapter 3|28 pages

Gender budgeting to expose inequalities in a precarious academia – and redistribute resources to effect change

ByFinnborg S. Steinþórsdóttir, Þorgerður Einarsdóttir, Thamar M. Heijstra, Gyða M. Pétursdóttir, Thomas Brorsen Smidt
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chapter 4|32 pages

The peril of potential

Gender practices in the recruitment and selection of early career researchers
ByChannah Herschberg, Yvonne Benschop, Marieke van den Brink
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Early career researchers

chapter 5|34 pages

Work–life balance among early career researchers in six European countries

BySanja Cukut Krilić, Majda Černič Istenič, Duška Knežević Hočevar
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chapter 6|28 pages

A gendered pipeline typology in academia

ByFarah Dubois-Shaik, Bernard Fusulier, Caroline Vincke
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chapter 7|27 pages

Implementing measures to promote gender equality and career opportunities of early career researchers

ByFlorian Holzinger, Helene Schiffbänker, Sybille Reidl, Silvia Hafellner, Jürgen Streicher
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