Asian Academic Mobility in Australia

  • Xianlin Song
  • Greg McCarthy
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


The Australian academic workforce has been shaped by its engagement with the world. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, government regulations and performance measures have transformed universities from elitist to mass institutions, from mainly public funded to now reliant on private revenue, from academic peer run to corporate managed. Globalisation of higher education has brought not only a mass influx of Asian students to Australian campuses but also Asian academics who now constitute 15.4 per cent of the teaching and research staff Australia-wide. This chapter explores the context of this mobility and examines how Asian academics in Australia are governed. It argues that Asian academics are entering the Australian workforce at a time when academic labour is being proletarianised, and like Asian students, they have been disadvantaged by existing constraints and institutional cultures.


Asian academic mobility Higher education Proletarianisation of the academic workforce 


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  • Xianlin Song
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  • Greg McCarthy
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  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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