Scientific Careers and Gender Case studies of France - Germany - Austria

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • Austrian Science Fund

Duration March 1, 2012 - April 30, 2016
  • Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
  • Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
  • Economics of Inequality FI (Details)


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  • Hofbauer, Johanna (Details) Project Head
  • Kreissl, Katharina (Former researcher)
  • Sauer, Birgit (Former researcher)
  • Striedinger, Angelika (Former researcher)

Abstract (German)

Neben der Internationalisierung der Wissenschaft und der Schaffung eines europäischen Hochschulraums hat die Umstellung der Hochschulen auf unternehmerische Steuerungsformen des New Public Management die Arbeitsbedingungen in der Wissenschaft am meisten verändert. Das Forschungsvorhaben untersucht die Folgen dieses Wandels auf die Karrierechancen von Frauen und Männern an den Hochschulen Frankreichs, Deutschlands und Österreichs. Neben der Frage nach Veränderungen der nationalen und regionalen Kontexte der Hochschulpolitik widmet sich das Projekt den hochschulspezifischen Strategien der Implementation von unternehmerischen Steuerungsformen.

Abstract (English)

The working conditions in academia have changed considerably in recent decades - not only due to the increased internationalisation of science and the creation of a European Higher Education Area, but also because universities have adopted managerial governance modes, following the spirit of New Public Management. This research project investigates the consequences of these changes for the career perspectives of women and men in French, German and Austrian higher education institutions. We focus on shifts in the national and regional contexts of higher education policy, as well as on strategies for implementing managerial governance in universities.
Our investigations are guided by questions such as: What is the significance of recently introduced quantitative performance indicators, such as the amount of external funding or the number of peer reviewed publications? How do they impact the distribution of resources or the recruitment and promotion of academic personnel? How do these indicators influence the recognition of academic achievements? Who has a decisive voice in these discussions and negotiations? What are their gender differentiating implications? How do gender equality policies and programmes shape these processes? In addition, we will investigate how individual academics interpret these new realities and develop their own coping mechanisms.


  • University of Göttingen - Germany