Surviving the Academia

November 16, 2022
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Research Integrity

In this episode we continue the discussion in work well-being in Academia. During the last decades, European Universities has suffered severe cuts in the financial support that has led to a fierce competition for funds and therefore a more precarious work environment. However, are there more reasons behind the precarity of the academic workers? Are there other structural characteristics and work dynamics that can explain the phenomena? To answer this question we travel to Spain, where a group of researchers are creating an association for research integrity called “Oficina Española de Integridad en Investigación”.

Today we interview two of its founders: Sandra González Torrecilla she is a neuroscientist from Spain. She graduated in psychology and holds a neurosciences master’s degree in Spain and Italy. She completed her PhD in Clermont-Ferrand University (France) under a Marie Curie funding. I made my first postdoc at the University of Marseille (France). Actually, she lives and works in the UK working in my second postdoc.

Alejandro Pedregal is a visiting researcher at the Media Department of Aalto University. He has been researcher at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), lecturer at the University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) of the Aalto University (Finland), and Postdoctoral and Visiting Researcher at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography of the same institution, Department from which he also obtained his doctor degree. He has published several books, in addition to chapters and articles in scientific publications. He is a film director and screenwriter of several international award-winning fiction and documentary film works.

The program’s objective is to perform a brief analysis of the current situation of the Finnish universities, and the perspectives for the future considering organizational, sociological and pedagogical aspects. During the episodes we will explore different topics related with the university life that influence those who aim to build their academic career. These topics are approached from three main perspective: 1) The lack of resources that scientific research has nowadays due to the economical crisis and the COVID-19. 2) The difficulties to build up an academic career for researchers within universities and 3) The new and trendy University models which try to build bridges between the academia and the private sector and its impact on the structural and pedogeological impact on the institutions. We will explore these topics together with others relevant debates by interviewing both workers and students in a friendly atmosphere that enables them to share opinions and ideas that promote a healthy debate.


Producer & Host: Jose Cañas-Bajo
 Sandra González Torrecilla, Alejandro Pedregal
Sound recording, editing & live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

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