CGHE seminar 93

The gender promotion gap in Italy

  • Thursday, 01 Nov 2018 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room 803, UCL Institute of Education
  • Giulio Marini, UCL Institute of Education


The topic of gender differences and career progression is high not only in the scholarly agenda, it is often discussed in the media as well – sometimes in quite controversial terms.

We investigate this theme in Italy, a country that in recent years introduced a level of institutional autonomy in determining the career paths of academics.

We provide analysis of census data about promotions to full professors by indicators of productivity, rank, age and prestige of department of affiliation. Analysis also takes into account institutional performative indicators, which affect promotion probabilities.

Our recent study found a strong discrimination against women at parity of scientific productivity when promotion decisions were shown to lack transparency, whereas gender discrimination was almost absent in stages of career advancement dominated by fully transparent procedures.

The seminar will also offer some original development in checking if this discrimination can be explained by resemblances in the composition of full professors’ communities (those in charge of bestowing promotions), namely the combination of discipline and institution.


All seminars are free and open to the public. No advance booking required.


You can register to watch the livestream of this seminar.

Giulio Marini

Giulio Marini

Giulio Marini is a researcher on CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme. Giulio’s research looks at governance of higher education, and careers and working conditions in academia. He has previously worked at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), CIPES, Porto (Portugal), The National Research Council (Italy) and Sapienza University (Italy), where he got his PhD in Methodology for Social Sciences. He also was visiting PhD student at Carlos III, Madrid (Spain) and LSE (London) and Post Doc visiting at Autonoma University of Madrid (Spain). His most recent publication is ​entitled ‘New promotions patterns in Italian universities: less seniority and more productivity? Data from ASN’.

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