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24th October, 2019

Us and them? Analysing the inclusion of foreign-born academics in British academia


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24th October, 2019
12:30 - 14:00
Room 804
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

The number of foreign academics in the UK has been increasing over the last forty years, and currently comprises a third of UK’s academic profession.

Existing research on migrant scholars tends to focus on international careers and analyse mobility as a resource for career development and progression. This seminar, however, seeks to understand how the academic profession has responded to the influx of migrant scholars.

Dr Pustelnikovaite draws on the concept of social closure in the sociology of professions, and on empirical data from 62 semi-structured interviews with foreign-born academics working in 13 British universities. Findings show that academia has developed three social closure strategies – integration, exclusion and subordination – to control the absorption of migrant academics. The profession enacts these strategies to subtly regulate access, work and intra-professional relationships, selectively incorporating foreign-born academics and maintaining the status quo.

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