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

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Gonzalez Sauri, Mario & Giulia Rossello, 2022, `The Role of Early-Career University Prestige Stratification on the Future Academic Performance of Scholars, Research in Higher Education, Online, More information
Cowan, Robin & Giulia Rossello, 2018, `Emergent structures in faculty hiring networks, and the effects of mobility on academic performance, Scientometrics, 117, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Rossello, Giulia, Robin Cowan & Jacques Mairesse, 2020, Ph.D. research output in STEM: the role of gender and race in supervision, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-021
Rossello, Giulia & Robin Cowan, 2019, Far from random? The role of homophily in student supervision, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-024
Gonzalez Sauri, Mario & Giulia Rossello, 2019, The role of early-career university prestige stratification on the future academic performance of scholars, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-018
Cowan, Robin & Giulia Rossello, 2017, Emergent structures in faculty hiring networks, and the effects of mobility on academic performance, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-046

Rossello, Giulia, 2021, Social Transformations and Labour Market Entry: An Investigation into University Systems in Emerging Economies, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University