A Precarious Future: Reflections from a Survey of Early Career Researchers in Archaeology

Maxime Brami, Stephanie Emra, Antoine Muller, Bianca Elena Preda-Balanica, Benjamin Irvine, Bogdana Milic, Aldo Malagó, Katie Meheux, Manuel Fernández-Götz

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This article presents the results of a 2021 international online survey of 419 early career researchers in archaeology. Respondents were passionate about pursuing an academic career, but pessimistic about job and career prospects. Statistics highlight specific obstacles, especially for women, from unstable employment to inequitable practices, and a chronic lack of support. Over 180 open-ended comments reveal worrying levels of workplace bullying and discrimination, particularly targeting women and minorities. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early career researchers is also examined. The survey's findings are analysed and contextualized within the international higher education sector. A communal effort is necessary to create sustained change, but early career researchers remain hopeful that change can be implemented.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)226-250
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • academia
  • early career archaeologists
  • Professional practices
  • gender discrimination
  • bullying and harassment

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