Job Insecurity in Academic Research Employment: An Agent-Based Model

E. (Eric) Silverman, N. (Nic) Geard, I. (Ian) Wood

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an agent-based model of fixed-term academic employment in a competitive research funding environment based on UK academia. The goal of the model is to investigate the effects of job insecurity on research productivity. Agents may be either established academics who may apply for grants, or postdoctoral researchers who are unable to apply for grants and experience hardship when reaching the end of their fixed-term contracts. Model results show that in general adding fixed-term postdocs to the system produces less total research output than adding half as many permanent academics. An in-depth sensitivity analysis is performed across postdoc scenarios, and indicates that promoting more postdocs into permanent positions produces significant increases in research output.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2016
    Event15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems - Cancún, Mexico
    Duration: 4 Jul 20168 Jul 2016
    http://alife.org/conference/alife-xv-2016

    Conference

    Conference15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems
    Abbreviated titleALIFE XV
    CountryMexico
    CityCancún
    Period4/07/168/07/16
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    Silverman, E. E., Geard, N. N., & Wood, I. I. (2016). Job Insecurity in Academic Research Employment: An Agent-Based Model. Paper presented at 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, Cancún, Mexico.