Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation

Standing Group

Number of members: 182

Convenor

  • Meng-Hsuan Chou (Nanyang Technological University – NTU)
  • Inga Ulnicane (University of Vienna EIF)
  • Mitchell Young (Charles University in Prague)

Steering Committee

  • Jens Jungblut (Universitetet i Oslo)
  • Pauline Ravinet (Institut d'Études Politiques de Lille)
  • Hannah Moscovitz (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
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About

This Standing Group brings together scholars whose work relates to the deeply interconnected fields of higher education, research, and innovation to encourage debates and research on the politics and policies in these areas. Over the past decades, several developments have contributed to the growing political significance of higher education, research, and innovation in international, regional, and national arenas. First, the steady trend towards the massification of higher education throughout the world implies that more and more of the world’s population is engaging in tertiary education. This has led to both increased public and private investments in the sector, as well as politically salient discussions concerning access and quality (excellence). Second, the turn towards ‘knowledge’ as providing policy solutions to grand societal challenges has placed higher education, research, and innovation at the centre stage of ‘smart’ multi‐level policymaking. And third, the economies and societies of today are described as ‘knowledge-based’ that draw their competitive advantage from well‐functioning knowledge sectors.

Aims & Objectives

To advance contemporary political research, it is essential to attend to how politics configure developments in the higher education, research, and innovation sectors, and how these developments in turn reconfigure politics. This Standing Group is a collaborative platform that facilitates interdisciplinary research on the politics and policies of higher education, research, and innovation. The goal is to offer sustained analyses of these developments by generating comparative insights on all aspects of scholarly research—methodologies, theories, data collection, processing and analysis into the dynamics and complexities of knowledge policymaking around the world. 
 

Activities

In addition to external and internal dissemination of Standing Group activities (website, blog, Twitter), members are involved in the following: 

  • Organising the ECPR Section on the Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation.
  • Endorsing a Workshop for the ECPR Joint Sessions.
  • Working on joint publications such as special issues and edited volumes.
  • Preparing joint funding applications to third parties for supporting research projects.
  • Training for students and junior scholars interested in researching and learning about the politics of higher education, research, and innovation.
  • Establishing a permanent discussion and exchange of ideas.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin


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