Journal article

Work as a government ‘scientist’: Professional security during organisational change and downsizing

M Glennie, M O’Donnell, J Benson, M Brown

Journal of Sociology | SAGE Publications | Published : 2019


An increasingly complex and competitive funding environment has led many public research organisations to intervene in the organisation of scientists’ work. Government scientists represent a major component of the public research workforce but little is known of how workers in this sector have fared amid institutional and organisational change. Government scientists have applied research objectives but must still meet the profession’s requirements for legitimisation through independent research and peer-reviewed publishing to be recognised professionally as ‘scientists’. This study examines the impact of organisational change and downsizing in an Australian government science agency on the p..

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