'It's not a hobby': reconceptualizing the place of writing in academic work

Rowena Murray

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)


The writing activities involved in research are not fully articulated in discussions of academic work. In this context, academics say they have to disengage from other tasks in order to write, which raises fundamental questions about the place of writing in academic work. A study designed to find out more about this disengagement showed that it involved acts of engagement with writing. Reconceptualizing disengagement from other tasks as engagement with writing repositions writing as part of academic work. This is critical for new and emerging researchers: it provides concepts to underpin practices that will enable them regularly to write. This article provides a model for physical, social and cognitive engagement with writing and explores how it can be put into practice. Implications for academics and those responsible for developing research capacity are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-91
Number of pages12
JournalHigher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Academics' writing
  • Engagement
  • Academic work
  • Research capacity


Dive into the research topics of ''It's not a hobby': reconceptualizing the place of writing in academic work'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this