A Precarious Future: Reflections from a Survey of Early Career Researchers in Archaeology
Postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers are passionate about their job but pessimistic about their chances to stay long-term in academia. 84.2% of respondents reported a lack of future career development options.
High levels of stress related to financial insecurity (87.1% of respondents), with 37.3% of MA holders and 32.8% of PhD holders not considering themselves financially independent.
A chronic lack of support and opportunities for early career researchers. Less than half of the respondents were offered special assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over two third of the respondents (68.0%) were female, highlighting the asymmetrical nature of the challenges faced.
Edifying levels of bullying and discrimination in the workplace, particularly targeting women and minorities, reflected in the over 180 open-ended comments received.
Thank you to everyone who has taken our survey so far, we’ve had over 400 responses! We are now in the preliminary stages of preparing our findings and data from the survey for publication and, therefore, we will be closing the current survey on 1st October 2021. So, this is your last chance to contribute and have your say and make your voice heard! If you haven’t taken our survey yet, then please do so in the next couple of weeks. Please also encourage friends, colleagues, and peers to take it if they haven’t already and share it through your social media and university/research institute networks, thank you!
And once again a reminder that all responses are completely anonymised.
We hope to share some of our preliminary results with you soon!
The latest in our ECA series of interviews with archaeologists is now online! Professor Dr Kristian Kristiansen (Gothenburg University), the initiator and first President of the EAA answers questions, and discusses, about his early career and progression, the EAA, ERC grants, women in academia, and the problems facing current early career archaeologists.
We are delighted to launch our brand new website, which will provide a place for discussion of issues that particularly affect Early Career Archaeologists (ECAs).
Bear with us as we continue to upload content. We want the website to be as user-friendly and functional as possible, and would welcome any suggestion for improvement. Please e-mail email@example.com with any feedback. You can also write to the team that designed the website: Maxime Brami, Benjamin Irvine and Bianca Preda.
This website is for you – meaning that you can suggest additional content and sections. We look forward to welcoming you and hope you enjoy your time with us!
The EAA Executive Board approved our application to form the ‘Early Career Archaologists’ (ECA) Community. The Community web page is now live by clicking the Community title at https://www.e-a-a.org/EAACommunities.
The ECA Community will continue the activities of the ‘Early Research Careers in Archaeology’ (ERCA) task force, created in November 2019 to address employment precarity in the early stages of archaeologists’ careers and its impact on, e.g. economic and mental wellbeing, research independence and representation.
Specifically, the task force was set up to highlight the widespread trend to substitute permanent position in archaeology with fixed-term and underpaid jobs. The aim is to gather intelligence on this subject, build awareness and develop a series of recommendations to improve early careers in archaeology.