The Conversation: Cracks in the ivory tower – is academia’s culture sustainable?

The pressure is on. More and more universities and academics are working in a culture that is untenable and cracks in the ivory tower have already begun to appear.

The work environment is now characterised by excessive hours, unrealistic benchmarks, high levels of competitiveness and inflexible work arrangements.

In this article, Joern Fischer and I discuss the growing trend to measure universities and academics by the numbers of papers they produce, the number of citations they receive and the grant dollars they are awarded.

We ask: is more always better?

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