1st Edition

Changing European Academics A Comparative Study of Social Stratification, Work Patterns and Research Productivity

By Marek Kwiek Copyright 2019
    280 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    European academics have been at the centre of ongoing higher education reforms, as changes in university governance and funding have led to changes in academic work and life. Discussing the academic profession, and most importantly, its increasing stratification across Europe, Changing European Academics explores the drivers of these changes as well as their current and expected results.

    This comparative study of social stratification, work patterns and research productivity:

    • Examines eleven national, higher education systems across Europe (Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom)
    • Provides a panoramic view of the European academic profession
    • Confronts misconceptions of academic work and life with compelling results and detailed analyses
    • Discusses new dilemmas inherent to the changing social and economic environments of higher education

    A thoughtful and comprehensive study of the changing academic profession in Europe, this book will be of interest to higher education practitioners, managers and policy makers, both in Europe and globally. Changing European Academics will benefit anyone whose work relates to changing academic institutions and changing academic careers.

    Series Introduction; Introduction: Changing Career Structures, Award and Recognition Systems, and Work Patterns; Chapter 1. Academic Performance Stratification: Inequality in the Knowledge Production; Chapter 2. Academic Salary Stratification: Productivity and Income; Chapter 3. Academic Power Stratification: Collegiality and University Governance; Chapter 4. International Research Stratification: International Collaboration and Productivity; Chapter 5. Academic Role Stratification: Patterns in Teaching, Research and Productivity across Academic Generations; Chapter 6. Academic Age Stratification: Predictable Careers in Volatile Institutional Environments; Chapter 7. Conclusions and Policy Implications; Statistical Appendices; Bibliography


    Marek Kwiek is Director of the Center for Public Policy Studies and UNESCO Chair in Intstitutional Research and Higher Education Policy, University of Poznan, Poland.