Network Activities

Invitation to an online research seminar

This October 2023, the special Issue: An international exploration of post-phd careers. Discussing the issues of employability and intersectorial mobility was published in Studies of Higher Education and most papers are available on open access:

In order to draw attention to several of the important themes discussed as well as to share the research further, we are organizing an online research seminar (see the program below) on the 20th of November, 14:00 – 16:00 hours (CET time zone)

We invite all colleagues to participate using the following link:
Meeting ID: 946 2441 2456
Passcode: 038998

Hope to meet you online in the seminar!
The organisers, Christine Teelken & Mariana Gaio Alves (NW 22 Link Convenor)


  • 14:00 Introduction by the editors of the special issue: Christine Teelken, Karen E. Andreasen, Andrea Galimberti, Annette Rasmussen
  • 14:10 Sally Hancock, University of York, UK
    • Title: Knowledge or science-based economy? The employment of UK PhD graduates in research roles beyond academia
  • 14:25 Giulio Marini, Golo Henseke, University of Catania, Italy       
    • Title: Is a PhD worth more than a Master’s in the UK labour market? The role of specialisation and managerial position.
  • 14:40 Annette Rasmussen & Karen E. Andreasen, Aalborg University, Denmark,
    • Title: To and from the university: Employability discourses and narratives of PhD graduates from the social sciences and humanities in Denmark
  • 14:55 Andrea Galimberti, University of Milano-Bicocca Italy,
    • Title: PhD graduates’ professional transitions and academic habitus. The role of tacit knowledge.
  • Short break
  • 15:15 Karen Jones, University of Reading, UK
    • Title: Precarity of post doctorate career breaks: does gender matter?
  • 15:30  Inge van der Weijden and Christine Teelken, University of Leiden, Netherlands,
    • Title: Precarious careers: Postdoctoral Researchers and Wellbeing at work
  • 15:45 Discussion/conclusions


In 2023 a special issue with the title “An international exploration of post-PhD careers. Discussing the issues of employability and intersectorial mobility” organized by Christine Teelken, Karen Andreasen, Andrea Galimberti and Annette Rasmussen was published at Studies in Higher Education . This publication results from work that was partially supported by EERA in 2018/19. See:


Future Plans

NW 22 intends to contribute to the celebration of EERA's 30th anniversary throughout the development, during 2024, of an analysis of submissions to ECER conference across the years and resulting from European research on higher education. Its overall aim is to analyze papers that have been presented at past ECER conferences in order to identify trends in European educational research about higher education issues. Ultimately, the project will hopefully result in a joint publication.

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    Interview with Link Convenor 2019