Interesting piece by my Warwick colleague Johannes Angermuller on ‘How do you define yourself as an academic?‘ in The Times Higher.
Researchers should be free from constraints that prevent them from the pursuit of scientific truth – this is an idea that universities all over the world like to pride themselves on. However, even the purest, most basic research is subject to pressures that are never exclusively scientific. Researchers are subject to a number of social constraints as they compete for resources, pursue careers and network with others.
In a nutshell, research is a social practice, and academics often struggle with how they are categorised by others. [continues here]