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Journal Article

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Klocker, N. & Drozdzewski, D. (2012). Commentary: Career progress relative to opportunity: how many papers is a baby 'worth'?. Environment And Planning A, 44 (6), 1271-1277.


How many papers is a baby ‘worth’? We were prompted to ask this provocative question by recent experiences, working on appointment committees and writing research grants in Australia, where provisions to quantify research track-records ‘relative to opportunity’ call for applicants to explain how fl uctuations in their publication outputs have been impacted by ‘career interruptions’ such as childbearing. In this age of the increasingly neoliberal university—where every activity, output, and impact is audited (Castree, 2000; 2006)—our commentary seeks to question how decision makers account (or not) for the career impacts of having children.





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