'Making It' as a Contract Researcher: A Pragmatic Look at Precarious Work

Nerida Spina, Jess Harris, Simon Bailey , Mhorag Goff

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‘Making It’ as a Contract Researcher examines the contemporary experience of research employment in universities from the perspective of a significant yet often invisible group: temporary or contract researchers, who make up a substantial, and ever-growing, proportion of the academic research workforce. A critical, pragmatic and international account of the contemporary research career, this book explores the question of what it means to ‘make it’ as a contract researcher in academia, and how individuals and organisations in higher education might seek to do things differently.

Providing the reader with practical and realistic strategies for improving the experience of being a contract researcher and achieving and sustaining an academic research career, this book guides the reader on a range of topics, including:

Charging fairly for your work
Building a publication track record
Finding the next contract
Sustaining your network
Feeling like you belong
Moving beyond contract research.
Using a combination of current research, interviews and reflective writing, the book is written specifically for and by contract researchers in academia, offering unique and extremely valuable advice for all new and current contract researchers, including PhD students, early career researchers, and any party interested in pursuing a research career in academia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages216
ISBN (Print)9781138362598
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameInsider Guides to Success in Academia


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