Gendered strategies of mobility and academic career

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In universities, being mobile and international has become ever more important for academics’ career prospects. This article explores junior and other insecurely employed researchers’ experiences of geographical mobility in relation to their personal life, career, employability and value as scholars. The aim is to discover the gendered strategies researchers use to combine mobility with intimate relations and personal life. Furthermore, what gendered ideas of mobility, employability and career success do researchers themselves construct? These aspects of mobility, particularly focused on gender, are analysed in three cases: Finland, Italy and the United Kingdom. These states are all (currently) members of the European Union and have implemented its internationalisation policies. The data consists of qualitative interviews gathered in 2009 and 2010. We suggest that the value and capital of academic labour are evaluated differently in the three different locations. Additionally, gender, age, academic age and life situation motivate different mobility strategies.

Translated title of the contributionLiikkuvuuden sukupuoliset strategiat ja akateeminen ura
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender and Education
Early online date25 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2018
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Gender studies


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