A1 Journal article (refereed)
Visibilities and invisibilities in academic work and career building (2022)

Siekkinen, T., & Ylijoki, O.-H. (2022). Visibilities and invisibilities in academic work and career building. European Journal of Higher Education, 12(4), 351-355. https://doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2021.2000460

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsSiekkinen, Taru; Ylijoki, Oili-Helena

Journal or seriesEuropean Journal of Higher Education



Publication year2022

Publication date23/11/2021


Issue number4

Pages range351-355

PublisherTaylor & Francis

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78779


In the current turbulent higher education environment, academic work and career building are in a state of flux. The implementation of the principles of New Public Management have intensified managerial control over academic work. Growing dependence on external funding and metrics-based performance assessments have made career building increasingly competitive, selective, and risky. Disciplinary and organisational boundaries have been dissolving as interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral ways of collaboration have become policy priorities. These trends have challenged visible boundaries between disciplines, organisations, sectors, work tasks and academic roles. However, at the same time, new visible and invisible boundaries are being established. In spite of declaring to bring visibility, openness and transparency to academic work and career trajectories, the managerial university invokes new invisibilities which can reproduce some deeply-rooted visible hierarchies. This Special Issue explores the complex interplay between visibilities and invisibilities in academic work and career building. The six articles tackle this question from the perspective of interdisciplinary research, new notions of an ideal academic, resistance to managerial demands, doctoral education, the emergence of invisible researchers, and scholarly profession in different sectors.

Keywordsresearcherscareercareer developmentinstitutions of higher educationuniversity-educated labouridentity (mental objects)leadership (activity)power structuresorganisational structuremultidisciplinary research

Free keywordsacademic work; career building; identity; power relations; boundaries

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1

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