A Cultural Political Economy account of Higher Education in Mercosur

By Aliandra Lazzari Barlete CPGJ’s Aliandra Barlete received the Best Dissertation Award by the CIES’s Higher Education Special Interest Group for her PhD thesis titles ‘A Cultural Political Account of Higher Education in Mercosur’. Below we share the thesis’s prologue. It was a cold day in June 2016 in Montevideo. I sat alone outside the … Continue reading A Cultural Political Economy account of Higher Education in Mercosur

What we talk about when we talk about universities

By Jana Bacevic [This review essay was originally published at the LSE Review blog on 19 December 2019] It is perhaps cliché to say that no conversation concerns only its subject. Rarely, however, does this ring as true as when it comes to universities, institutions that are simultaneously objects of inspiration and intimidation, pride and … Continue reading What we talk about when we talk about universities

From hermits to celebrities – How social media is reshaping academic hierarchies and what we can do about it

By Mark Carrigan This was originally published on the LSE Impact Blog To type the word ‘scholar’ into Google Image search leaves you immediately presented with images of bearded white men toiling away in obscurity. It has often struck me how apt this is in terms of the cultural connotations which remain attached to the … Continue reading From hermits to celebrities – How social media is reshaping academic hierarchies and what we can do about it

Managing secrets in higher education

In this short essay, Morten Hansen uses secrecy as a prism to deconstruct dynamics and processes in higher education. The reflections spring from various research projects on topics ranging from the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public-private partnerships, and new education markets. The essay begins with experiences that Morten has had interviewing senior decision makers … Continue reading Managing secrets in higher education