Policy and leadership as practice: Senior women academics and the "risky business" of diversity policies in enterprise universities

Jane Wilkinson

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the ways in which senior female academics' leadership practices are informed and negotiated in relation to a multiplicity of fields. As part of the shift in the logics of practice underpinning the Australian academic terrain, there has been a movement from the implementation of equity policies to that of diversity in relation to the employment of academic staff, characterised by neoliberal discourses of new public management which favour the production of the individualistic, entrepreneurial academic identity as opposed to notions of collectivity and the public good. However, diversity policies are not the sole texts, which inform the ways in which many women leaders operate, nor the most important in guiding the practices they produce. Drawing on a larger study of representations of women's leadership in the media and academia, this paper examines how two leading female academics drew upon a range of logics of practices within the different fields of academia, feminism and Indigenous rights to inform their leadership practices. In so doing, the women contested the emergent logic of practice underpinning the contemporary Australian academic field. Such contestation can be considered one of the "subaltern" consequences of policy regimes and forms an integral part of policy fields.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAARE2007
    Subtitle of host publicationEducation, Innovation and Research: Strategies for capacity-building
    EditorsPeter L Jeffrey
    Place of PublicationColdwater, Victoria
    PublisherAARE
    Pages1-19
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventAustralian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference: AARE 2007 - Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 27 Nov 200730 Nov 2007

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference
    CountryAustralia
    CityAdelaide
    Period27/11/0730/11/07

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    Wilkinson, J. (2008). Policy and leadership as practice: Senior women academics and the "risky business" of diversity policies in enterprise universities. In P. L. Jeffrey (Ed.), AARE2007: Education, Innovation and Research: Strategies for capacity-building (pp. 1-19). AARE.