Associate Professor Celia Whitchurch

UCL Institute of Education

Celia Whitchurch is an Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Education and Principal Investigator on CGHE Project 3.2 entitled The Future Higher Education Workforce in Locally and Globally Engaged Higher Education Institutions.

Her research interests focus on academic and professional roles in higher education, including changing career and workforce patterns. Completed projects include a international study for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) on Professional Managers in UK Higher Education: Preparing for Complex Futures (2008); an LFHE-funded study on Staffing Models and Institutional Flexibility (2013); and a study for the UK Higher Education Academy on Shifting Landscapes: Meeting the staff development needs of the changing academic workforce (2016). Her publications include an edited monograph (with George Gordon) on Academic and Professional Identities in Higher Education: The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce (2010), a single-authored monograph, Reconstructing Identities in Higher Education: The Rise of Third Space Professionals (2013), and a further monograph with George Gordon on Reconstructing Relationships in Higher Education: Challenging Agendas (2017).

CGHE publications

CGHE research projects

Select recent publications

  • From a diversifying workforce to the rise of the itinerant academic.
    Higher Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-018-0294-6.
  • Being a Higher Education Professional Today. Working in Third Space.
    In C. Bossu and N. Brown (eds). Professional and Support Staff in Higher Education. University Development and Administration. Singapore: Springer.
  • Professional Staff Identities in Higher Education.
    In Encyclopaedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Dordrecht: Springer
  • Changing Professional and Academic Identities
    In Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Ed. Anne Hynds. New York: Oxford University Press. 2017.
  • Shifting landscapes: meeting the staff development needs of the changing academic workforce
    The Higher Education Academy, January 2016
  • The rise of third space professionals: paradoxes and dilemmas
    Springer, 2015