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Center for Higher Education

Academic Work and Careers: Gender Implications

Project Description

The project aims to understand the changing academic work in the Netherlands and the implications it has for female academic careers. It is a case study of a strongly managerial university which aims to increase the number of women in senior academic positions. The survey conducted in 2012 among female academic staff at the case study university showed the gendered division of work between teaching and research tasks and the implication this division has for the future careers of the female respondents.

Project Period

2012 - 2014

Project Team

Principal investigator
Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leišytė

Project staff
Dr. Bengü Hosch-Dayican (postdoctoral researcher)


  • Leišytė, L. & Hosch-Dayican, B. (2017). Gender and academic work at a Dutch university. In H. Eggins (Ed.), The changing role of women in higher education: Academic and leadership issues (pp 95-117). Cham: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
  • Leišytė, L. & Hosch-Dayican, B. (2014). Changing academic roles and shifting gender inequalities: A case analysis of the influence of the teaching-research nexus on the academic career prospects of female academics in The Netherlands. Journal of Workplace Rights, 17 (3-4), 467-490. .
  • Leišytė, L. & Hosch-Dayican, B. (2014). Managerial universities and a gendered functional differentiation of academic work.: A case of a Dutch university. Presentation at the American Sociological Association (ASA) 2014 annual meeting, San Francisco, August 16.
  • Leišytė, L., Hosch-Dayican, B., & He, Q. (2012). Gender and changing academic work. The case study of the Dutch university. Poster presentation, European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Bergen, August 29-31.