The academic profession in Russia’s two capitals: The impact of 20 years of transition

Elizaveta Sivak, Maria Yudkevich

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This paper studies the dynamics of key characteristics of the academic profession in Russia based on the analysis of university faculty in the two largest cities in Russia – Moscow and St Petersburg. We use data on Russian university faculty from two large-scale comparative studies of the academic profession (‘The Carnegie Study’ carried out in 1992 in 14 countries, including Russia, and ‘The Changing Academic Profession Study’, 2007–2012, with 19 participating countries and which Russia joined in 2012) to look at how faculty’s characteristics and attitudes toward different aspects of their academic life changed over 20 years (1992–2011) such as faculty’s views on reasons to leave or to stay at a university, on university’s management and the role of faculty in decision making. Using the example of universities in the two largest Russian cities, we demonstrate that the high degree of overall centralization of governance in Russian universities barely changed in 20 years. Our paper provides comparisons of teaching/research preferences and views on statements concerning personal strain associated with work, academic career perspectives, etc., not only in Russian universities between the years 1992 and 2012, but also in Russia and other ‘Changing Academic Profession’ countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-644
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Educational Research Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Academic profession
  • faculty contracts
  • higher education
  • research and teaching nexus
  • research universities
  • university governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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