‘Hope despite all odds’: Academic precarity in embattled Ukraine


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Precarity of the Ukrainian professoriate is a lacuna in the higher education literature. There was no research on this subject before the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Furthermore, no investigations have been conducted on how university professors handle the hardships of teaching in wartime. This study tries to understand the phenomenon of precarity, as it is experienced by Ukrainian educators affected by the brutal invasion and ensuing dehumanization. The study explores the following questions: What do post-Soviet educators learn from precarity and hostile environments that undermine their individual and professional dignity? How do they manage the security deficit in their academic and living environments? By presenting insights from thirty-nine interviews, this paper elaborates on the phenomenon of precarity among university educators who are urged to redefine themselves, reinstate their academic identity, and salvage their teaching careers in the context of war. Copyright © 2023 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Early online dateSept 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Sept 2023


Oleksiyenko, A., & Terepyshchyi, S. (2023). ‘Hope despite all odds’: Academic precarity in embattled Ukraine. Teaching in Higher Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2023.2263744


  • Higher education
  • Precarity
  • Teaching
  • Crisis
  • Ukraine


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