Mum (PhD): Negotiating motherhood in early career academia Chapter uri icon

Book Title

  • Being "In and Out": Providing voice to early career women in academia


  • Through this chapter, I explore motherhood and early career academic work using the framework of Schwab’s lines of flight. Reflecting on my own experiences of becoming mother concurrent with becoming academic, this chapter looks to the negotiation of motherhood and academia. In discussing this, I reflect on my own experiences alongside broader literature to consider how this negotiation holds conflicts and tensions, complexities and difficulties. Yet at the same time, both identities provide immense fulfillment and purpose.

publication date

  • 2014