#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

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

Theorising Race and Racism in Education: Easter Term 2018

Alternate Fridays 14:00-16:00 Easter term 2018: ‘Theorists from across the globe’ Donald McIntyre Building, Room 2S3, Faculty of Education Convened by: Arathi Sriprakash, Amina Shareef, Sharon Walker, Amberley Middleton, Christy Kultz Session 1: April 27, 2018 Using humour and critique, Fanon considers racial constructions, in this case, ‘black’, and how these shape the ways in which those racialized as … Continue reading Theorising Race and Racism in Education: Easter Term 2018

Acts of Im(p)unity: A Tale About Education, Commercialisation and Current Trade Deals

By Susan L. Robertson Imagine you were located in a community, and used the human and natural resources of that community to run your business. Somehow you had managed to convince the local political elites that you be accorded special status; one which meant you and your business activities were immune to the ongoing democratic … Continue reading Acts of Im(p)unity: A Tale About Education, Commercialisation and Current Trade Deals

Let’s talk about racism in education and international development

By Arathi Sriprakash Issues of racism within the field of education and international development are rarely addressed directly, despite profoundly shaping our research, policy and practice. This ‘area of silence’ means that we haven’t adequately developed the concepts or approaches to understand the operations of racism in our work. There is an urgent imperative to do … Continue reading Let’s talk about racism in education and international development