Scientific Careers and Gender

Case studies of France - Germany - Austria

Vienna University, WU Vienna and Göttingen University


The working conditions in academia have changed considerably in recent decades - not only due to the increased internationalisation of science and the creation of a European Higher Education Area, but also because universities have adopted managerial governance modes, following the spirit of New Public Management. This research project investigates the consequences of these changes for the career perspectives of women and men in French, German and Austrian higher education institutions. We focus on shifts in the national and regional contexts of higher education policy, as well as on strategies for implementing managerial governance in universities.

Our investigations are guided by questions such as: What is the significance of recently introduced quantitative performance indicators, such as the amount of external funding or the number of peer reviewed publications? How do they impact the distribution of resources or the recruitment and promotion of academic personnel? How do these indicators influence the recognition of academic achievements? Who has a decisive voice in these discussions and negotiations? What are their gender differentiating implications? How do gender equality policies and programmes shape these processes? In addition, we will investigate how individual academics interpret these new realities and develop their own coping mechanisms.


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