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Developing reflexive identities through collaborative, interdisciplinary and precarious work: the experience of early career researchers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-634
Number of pages14
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Issue number5
Early online date12 Jul 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Jun 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jul 2016
DatePublished (current) - 20 Oct 2017


This paper explores the experiences of 24 Early Career Researchers working in interdisciplinary and precarious employment conditions in which they are managing collaborations with multiple partners beyond the university as part of the AHRC’s ‘Connected Communities’ Programme. These conditions emerge from conflicting sources – from critical and emancipatory moves in knowledge production as well as from globalising neoliberal education policies. The paper draws on Archer’s concept of reflexive identity to identify four different reflexive orientations developed by ECRs in these conditions: the disciplinarian, the freelancer, the worker bee and the social activist.

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  • Cabot Institute

    Research areas

  • co-production, early career researchers, engaged scholarship, Interdisciplinarity, precarity

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