Academic Employment Patterns in Higher Education

The 14th  RISIS Research Seminar will take place on 12th January from 12.30 to 2.00 pm (CET)  and will focus on a presentation entitled Academic Employment Patterns in Higher  Education: National and Organizational Determinants  of Pedro Pineda, University of Bath. Jürgen Enders, University of Bath, is involved as discussant.


Aiming to fill in current research gaps on our knowledge about the employment of academics in higher education, the researcher  will present the first results of an ongoing research identifying national convergences and path-dependencies in academic employment. The researcher will begin presenting the dataset, created through the standardization of academic ranks of the higher education databases of 13 European countries and the US which we then merged with ETER.


Then, the researcher will present the changing composition of academic staff over time. The study distinguishes countries having an increasing proportion of junior staff from those with a more stable participation of senior positions. The study indicates that universities offer fewer senior positions than universities of applied sciences and theorizes about the encountered trends. Finally,  a future agenda for the contemporary study of working conditions is proposed.