1st Edition

Women Practicing Resilience, Self-care and Wellbeing in Academia International Stories from Lived Experience

    216 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Through a lens of self-care and wellbeing, this book shares stories of struggle and success from a diverse range of women in academia.

    Each story highlights how these women mitigated and overcame various barriers as part of their academic trajectory and provides practical strategies for maintaining self-care and wellbeing. Taken from lived experience, the autoethnographic narrative approach provides a deeper, personal understanding of the obstacles faced by women throughout an academic career and guidance on how these might be navigated in a way that avoids self-sacrificing.

    This collection goes further to illustrate the ways that higher education institutions can be more accommodating of the needs of women.

    Part I: Women and the Changing Academia

    1. Of glass ceilings and glass cliffs: Navigating the gendered academy

    Ida Fatimawati Adi Badiozaman, Voon Mung Ling, and Kiran deep Sandhu

    2. The holy trinity of teaching, research, and service

    Roslina Abdul Latif

    3. The dancing lecturer: Crafting the strong woman in the academia

    Mumtaz Begum Aboo Backer

    4. Carrying the world on your back: The burden of self-care for under-represented women

    Sana Rahim

    Part II: Identity Formations and the Career Trajectory

    5. Solitude, sanctuary, and pseudo-mentors: A pandemic lens on an early career transition into doing and being research/researcher

    Nicola Sum

    6. Journaling As Self-Care, Journaling For Personal And Professional Development: A Visual Narrative

    Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim

    7. Give me wings, and I will fly

    Fareeha Javed

    8. Navigating fieldwork amidst my menstrual cycle: Being a female ethnographer in a remote Indian region

    Sampurna Das

    9. Mentoring practices in higher education: Self-care through the lens of the mentee in the era of remote learning

    Anisha Kaur Sandhu

    Part III: Of Well-being and Self-care in Academia

    10. A polyvagal pathway: Implications of Pursuing It All

    Deena Kara Shaffer

    11. Carving your destiny in academia as a "lecturer" and a "mother"

    Soubakeavathi A/P Rethinasamy

    12. Navigating and building resilience in academia: Dual perspectives

    Betty Exintaris, Nilushi Karunaratne, and Anisha Kaur Sandhu

    13. A great escape for my survival as a female academic in Japan: my story, my career trajectory

    Akiko Nanami

    14. Uncensored? Writing our resistance as an act of self-care 

    Michaela Edwards, Louise Oldridge, and Maranda Ridgway

    15. Of wellbeing and self-care in academia

    Moreoagae Bertha Randa


    Ida Fatimawati Adi Badiozaman is the Executive Dean of Research in Swinburne Sarawak. An award-winning multidisciplinary researcher driven by equity and access issues, she has been involved in transformative and impactful research. In 2020 she won the United Nations' WEP Award for the Community and Industry Engagement Category. In 2021, she received the Special Recognition Award for her contribution to education at the state-level celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 by the Chief Minister of Sarawak. In 2022 Dr Ida was highlighted in the book Sarawak Women in Scholarly writing.

    Voon Mung Ling is a Senior Lecturer and Research Cluster Leader for Human Resource Innovation in the School of Business, Faculty of Business, Design and Arts in Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. She holds a PhD from UNIMAS in the area of leadership practices. Mung Ling’s research interests cover organizational behaviour, leadership in organizations, strategic planning, and human resource management practices. She is an active researcher and has published several research articles in journals and a book chapter. 

    Kiran deep Sandhu is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach. Her areas of research are gender, access, equity, and leadership. She is also the founder of the Give Back to Community Trust, a non-profit organization working on bridging the technological gap in rural education by supporting unprivileged children gain access to better education. In 2021, she was awarded among the "Most Admired Global Indians" by Passion Vista Magazine.