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Power and Power Abuse in Academia

Academia – we would like to imagine, is a place where collaboration outweighs competition, recognition is tied only to merit and resources are equally distributed.  However, we know in reality that the playing field is not equal for all participants and a select few often possess more power and privilege than others. This power imbalance does not only promote egocentric practices, inequalities and hierarchies,  but also diminishes opportunities for innovation and good scientific practice, as well as increases the likelihood of mental health issues.

We look forward to hearing about your personal experiences as well as your reflections on the experiences of academics in general, institutional practices and system-level trends.

On creating a good research environment

On creating a good research environment

Sabine Müller on the hierarchical system of German academia and why it could be a problem for the wellbeing of young academics and Ph.D. candidates. She compares it to her experiences at Oxford University and sheds light on the differences between the two research cultures.

Sexual harassment in Academia

Sexual harassment in Academia

Kelsey Medeiros on sexual harassment, what role it plays in relation to power structures in academia, and possible ways to address it