New SRHE journal “Policy Reviews in Higher Education” – call for papers!

RPRHSRHE has launched a new journal on higher education, published on Routledge, titled “Policy Reviews in Higher Education”.

The journal is set to be published two times a year, with a broad scope of policy related issues in higher education

The scope of the new journal is described in the announcement as: The journal aims to open up a space for publishing in-depth accounts of significant areas of policy development affecting higher education internationally. Authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to analyse higher education from fresh perspectives, including drawing on concepts and theories from other academic fields. Policy here is conceived as relevant to all areas of higher education activity, including transnational education, university governance and leadership, quality assurance and enhancement, academic work, curriculum development and student learning, occurring at the local, regional, national and international levels. Comparative analyses across higher education systems are particularly encouraged. (…) The journal is interested in receiving submissions across a wide range of topics. These may be relevant to higher education at the international, national, institutional, departmental and local levels. (more…)

Welcome new Hedda students!

A new year has started at the university, and Hedda has welcomed a new cohort of Master students, eager to start their interdisciplinary studies in the field of higher education. This year, the student cohort again includes  students from all over the world as usually is the case for the Hedda master programme.


first information meeting with the new Hedda students in 2015

Getting to know new fellow Master students

Getting to know fellow Master students

This year we have some students who come from Norway locally, but also from a number countries in and around Europe (Austria, Germany, Greece, Norway Spain and Turkey), the African continent (Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda), Asian countries (Nepal and South Korea) and the Americas (Canada, USA and Chile).

We are extremely happy to have this diverse student body also this year. This provides students wonderful opportunities for learning about higher education systems world wide. This gives a whole new meaning to studying different higher education models!

During the first information meeting the students met with the Hedda master programme staff and had great opportunities to mingle with their professors and lecturers afterwards. (more…)

Call for papers: Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality

congress-logoThe 24th World Congress of Political Science organized by IPSA takes place between July 23-28 2016 in Istanbul.

The conference also features a panel on higher education and research, titled “Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality: Instruments For or Against?”.

Text of the call: In a global market of higher education and innovation, where students have free access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and where ideas are brought to the market to improve everyday life, inequality should be a thing of the past. Yet more than ever before, the gulf between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ are growing by the day. This panel examines how policy actors – at the local, national, regional and global levels – instrumentalise knowledge policies to increase and decrease the state of inequality between citizens, between nations, and between the world’s geographical regions (North, South, East and West). We define knowledge policies broadly to include higher education, science, research and innovation policies. As a point of departure, we assume that policymaking is a complex process, involving multiple actors across governance levels with diverse interests and preferences. Instrument choice thus reflects the policy actors’ ambitions, compromises made, and the intended effects of implementation. Put simply, instrument selection is not neutral. This panel invites contributions to assess the processes leading to instrument selection, adoption, and implementation. For example, papers can address: (a) the role of discourse and ideas such as the knowledge-based society/economy, excellence, globalism, and regionalism in these processes; or (b) how policy actors and organizations strategize and interact in knowledge policymaking to contribute to the state of inequality.

The deadline to propose a paper is October 7, 2105 and the instructions how to submit a proposal can be found here.

Please note that there is also a possibility to submit new closed panels until 07th of October. Read more on the conference website.


Review: ICPP conference featured multiple panels on higher education policy

ICPPIn this post, we share some experiences from the recent International Consortium for Public Policy (ICPP) conference. The 2nd ICPP conference was held in the beginning of July (1st to 4th) in Milan. The local organisation in Milan was by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Éupolis Lombardia – Institute for Research, Statistics and Training. The post is written by Mari Elken. 

Milan greeted conference participants with burning heat and a gorgeous conference location at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The conference attracted 1400 people this year, marking a considerable rise from the first conference in Grenoble in 2013. The conference featured 23 different thematic areas. 17 of these were focused on various aspects of policy analysis, and the remaining focused on specific topics or specific sectors in policy analysis.

Higher education was featured in the Comparative Policy theme, with two panels, “Patterns and pathways of convergence/divergence in higher education: A comparative perspective” and te panel “Higher Education Policy in Asia: Reform, Outcomes, Equity and Access”. Furthermore, education policy received a separate category was well, featuring two different panels – one organised by ERA-CRN with its main focus on “Governance of Knowledge Policies”, and the other was themed “Higher Education Governance between Historical Roots and Transnational Convergence Pressures”. (more…)

Call for papers: inequalities of access to higher education

sciencespo-lieppSiences Po – LIEPP is organising a conference themed “Inequalities of access to higher education: the role of policies, institutions and markets“. The conference takes place in Paris, October 8-9, 2015. The conference language is English.

The conference is a follow-up to the research project “Transition to higher education in France: the role of networks, institutions and markets” funded by LIEPP (Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies) in 2013-2015.

From the call of papers: “While the conference welcomes contributions that describe existing inequalities on the basis of social class, ethnicity, gender and age, and especially how these different factors interact with each other, the focus is, more specifically, on the ways in which policies, institutions and markets influence the shape and extent of access inequalities. Each of these dimensions, which constitute the sub-themes of the conference, can be treated separately or simultaneously. Contributors might focus on a specific level (macro, meso or micro) or on their interrelation, on a single set of actors (policy-makers, secondary or higher education administrators, professors or counsellors, market professionals, students and parents…) or on their interaction and on various types of schemes, devices, processes and practices. Statistical and qualitative as well as mixed-methods studies are equally welcome. Cross-country comparisons are encouraged but proposals can focus on specific countries and localities if they show awareness of global dynamics and/or processes in other national settings.” (more…)