Dr. Giulia Rossello

Social Transformations: The case of South African Academia

Year: 2021

Robin Cowan


A demographic balance in desirable occupations is socially important. Compared to white males, women and people of colour tend to have lower labour market outcomes and to be under-represented in top job positions. Despite the increasing participation of people of colour and females in higher education, few become faculty members in universities. The inclusion of previously excluded groups in academia is particularly important for developing countries that experienced large social transformations and have less mature knowledge systems. Even if gender and racial unbalances have been extensively investigated, many studies overlook the fundamental characteristics of the process of entry into academia. In particular, this dissertation examines how individual and systemic mechanisms relate with supervision, collaboration, and mutual evaluation when they first manifest in an academic career.

Selected publications by Giulia Rossello