Diversity in the higher education ecosystem

By Susan Robertson  This is a pre-publication version of an entry in the Sage Encyclopedia of Higher Education Through a Rear-View Mirror Trace the arc of time backwards, and we can see growing and considerable diversity in higher education sectors around the world, particularly over the course of the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Take, as … Continue reading Diversity in the higher education ecosystem

Thinking knowledge production without the university

This is a collaborative blog post leading up to the panel Undisciplining: thinking knowledge production without the university at The Sociological Review's annual conference Undisciplining: conversations from the edges, Newcastle, Gateshead, 18-21 June 2018. Introduction Jana Bacevic If it is true that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end … Continue reading Thinking knowledge production without the university

#ResNet: Wheeling and Dealing in Education and Global Trade Agreements

By Susan Robertson  As the minutes ticked down toward the final boarding call for my late evening train from London to Brussels, I was furiously typing up notes from a research report I had just read on the Trade in Services Agreement, otherwise known as TISA. The young man sitting next to me leaned over … Continue reading #ResNet: Wheeling and Dealing in Education and Global Trade Agreements

Is there such a thing as ‘centrist’ higher education policy?

By Jana Bacevic This Thursday, I was at the Institute of Education in London, at the launch of David Willetts’ new book, A University Education. The book is another contribution to what I argued constitutes a veritable ‘boom’ in writing on the fate and future of higher education; my research is concerned, among other things, with the theoretical … Continue reading Is there such a thing as ‘centrist’ higher education policy?

Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good – and why this matters

By Susan Robertson Framing Education in Economic Terms On more than one occasion I have felt a distinct sense of unease at how much of educational activity is now framed in economic terms. Learners are ‘human capital’  – or to use a phrase that the economist, Gary Becker, coined – ‘an abilities machine’; education is an … Continue reading Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good – and why this matters