Academic Citizenships

Australian Journal of International Affairs

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Mathew Davies

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Mathew Davies, ‘Academic Citizenships’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 71(1) 2017: 12-15.

To enquire about ethical academic conduct is to ask what are our obligations and to whom do we owe them? My claim is that our obligations in the realms of research and education go far beyond the approach that is promoted in the bureaucratised and incentivised structures of the neoliberal university. The consequence of this is a divergence between the ideas of good organisational citizenship (doing that which our employer expects and rewards) and good ethical citizenship (doing that which our profession may demand). Put differently, I worry that we are incentivised to engage in forms of behaviour that are detrimental to a more rounded account of being an academic; extant structures limit our capacity for ethical conduct.

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