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Julia Leventon is a junior professor in sustainability science at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany, leads a research group on governance of place and is mum to a 2.5-year-old boy and a 9-month-old girl.
We co-host a blog called Mama is an Academic, which deals with the challenges of maintaining an academic career while raising children. Inspired by our own experiences as academic mums, we aimed to share the trials, tribulations and, of course, successes that come with balancing parenting and work. Being a mother poses very specific challenges to maintaining an academic career, which tends to require complete immersion in ideas, and rewards obsessive and relentless hard work. It often entails international travel and success rests in the balance of securing that all important permanent position. Combining these demands with the all-consuming role of motherhood can seem overwhelming.
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