'I'm a migrant, but the right sort of migrant' Migrant academics in Australia and New Zealand

Kate Sang, Mustafa Ozbilgin, Haya AlDajani

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Abstract

Despite continued interest in the globalisation of higher education, comparatively little attention has been paid to the international careers of many academics. In addition, gender has frequently been ignored in any discussions of migrant academics. Women academics, in developed economies, are typically focussed in more junior posts, typically receive fewer job offers outside their institution and experience a gender pay gap which benefits their male colleagues. The current study aims to explore the experiences of migrant academics in Australia and New Zealand, understanding how gender and ethnicity may affect these experiences. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 19 academics at various stages of their careers in both Australia and New Zealand. All interviewees were social scientists employed within urban centres. Preliminary analysis of the data has identified emerging themes including; reasons for migration, the importance of social and professional networks, a long working hours culture, discrimination against women and racism. The paper concludes by suggesting how theoretical lenses informed by critical race theories and masculinity studies can help to explain the continued dominance of white men within the academy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2014
Event28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 Feb 20147 Feb 2014

Conference

Conference28th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Abbreviated titleAIRAANZ 2014
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period5/02/147/02/14

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