Shifting perspectives in polar research : global lessons on the barriers and drivers for securing academic careers in natural sciences

Show simple item record Figuerola, Blanca Valiente, Nicolas Barbosa, Andres Brasier, Madeleine J. Colominas-Ciuro, Roger Convey, Peter Liggett, Daniela Fernandez-Martinez, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Sergi Griffiths, Huw J. Jawak, Shridhar D. Merican, Faradina Noll, Daly Prudencio, Janire Quaglio, Fernanda Pertierra, Luis R. 2022-08-04T11:08:55Z 2022-08-04T11:08:55Z 2021-11-11
dc.description.abstract The polar regions provide valuable insights into the functioning of the Earth’s regulating systems. Conducting field research in such harsh and remote environments requires strong international cooperation, extended planning horizons, sizable budgets and longterm investment. Consequently, polar research is particularly vulnerable to societal and economic pressures during periods of austerity. The global financial crisis of 2008, and the ensuing decade of economic slowdown, have already adversely affected polar research, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has added further pressure. In this article we present the outcomes of a community survey that aimed to assess the main barriers and success factors identified by academic researchers at all career stages in response to these global crises. The survey results indicate that the primary barriers faced by polar early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) act at institutional level, while mitigating factors are developed at individual and group levels. Later career scientists report pressure toward taking early retirement as a means of institutions saving money, reducing both academic leadership and the often unrecognized but vital mentor roles that many play. Gender and social inequalities are also perceived as important barriers. Reorganization of institutional operations and more effective strategies for long-term capacity building and retaining of talent, along with reduction in non-research duties shouldered by EMCRs, would make important contributions toward ensuring continued vitality and innovation in the polar research community. en_US
dc.description.department Plant Production and Soil Science en_US
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Post-doctoral fellowships programme Beatriu de Pinós funded by the Secretary of Universities and Research (Government of Catalonia); the Horizon 2020 Programme of Research and Innovation of the European Union under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement; the Juan de la Cierva Programme funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation; and NERC core funding to the BAS “Biodiversity, Evolution and Adaptation” Team. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Figuerola, B., Valiente, N., Barbosa, A., Brasier, M.J., Colominas-Ciuró, R., Convey, P., Liggett, D., Fernández-Martínez, M.A., Gonzalez, S., Griffiths, H.J., Jawak, S.D., Merican, F., Noll, D., Prudencio, J., Quaglio, F. & Pertierra, L.R. (2021) Shifting Perspectives in Polar Research: Global Lessons on the Barriers and Drivers for Securing Academic Careers in Natural Sciences. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9:777009. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2021.777009. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2296-701X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.3389/fevo.2021.777009
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_US
dc.rights © 2021 Figuerola, Valiente, Barbosa, Brasier, Colominas-Ciuró, Convey, Liggett, Fernández-Martínez, Gonzalez, Griffiths, Jawak, Merican, Noll, Prudencio, Quaglio and Pertierra. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). en_US
dc.subject Austerity en_US
dc.subject Diversity and inclusion en_US
dc.subject Interdisciplinarity en_US
dc.subject Mentoring en_US
dc.subject Post-doctoral researchers en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_US
dc.subject Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) en_US
dc.title Shifting perspectives in polar research : global lessons on the barriers and drivers for securing academic careers in natural sciences en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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