Hardbound. What is it like to live and work as an academic at the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century? This volume, containing contributions from authors in Europe and Australasia, seeks to provide a diversity of answers to that question. The evidence assembled includes data from national questionnaire surveys, cross-national expert reports and in-depth interviews, analyses of academic, policy and professional literatures, and autobiographical reflection. This diversity of material and analytical approaches serves to provide an extensive guide to the trends, continuities, differences and challenges affecting higher education systems and workers at the present time, as well as, at least, beginning to suggest some possible responses.