This volume examines higher education in globalized conditions through a focus on the spatial, historic and economic relations of power in which it is embedded. Distinct geometries of power are emerging as the knowledge production capability of universities is increasingly globalized. Changes in the organization and practices of higher education tend to travel from the ‘West to the rest’. Thus, distinctive geographies of knowledge are being produced, intersected by geometries of power and raising questions about the recognition, production, control and usage of university-produced knowledge in different regions of the world.

What flows of power and influence can be traced in the shifting geographies of higher education? How do national systems locate themselves in global arenas, and what consequences does such positioning have for local practices and relations of higher education? How do universities and university workers respond to the increasing commodification of knowledge? How do consumers of knowledge assess the quality of the ‘goods’ on offer in a global marketplace?

The 2008 volume of the World yearbook addresses these questions, highlighting four key areas:

  • Producing and Reproducing the University— How is the university adapting to the pressures of globalization?
  • Supplying Knowledge—What structural and cultural changes are demanded from the university in its new role as a free market supplier of knowledge?
  • Demanding Knowledge—Marketing and Consumption—How can consumers best assess the quality of education on a global scale?
  • Transnational Academic Flows—What trends are evident in the flow of students, knowledge and capital, with what consequences?

The 2008 volume is interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing on scholarship from accounting, finance and human geography as well as from the field of education. Transnational influences examined include UNESCO and OECD, GATS and the effects of digital technologies. Contrasting contexts include Central and Eastern Europe, Finland, China and India and England.

With its emphasis on the interrelationship of knowledge and power, and its attention to emergent spatial inequalities, Geographies of Knowledge, Geometries of Power: Framing the Future of Higher Education provides a rich and compelling resource for understanding emergent practices and relations of knowledge production and exchange in global higher education.

1.Introduction: Geographies of Knowledge, Geometries of Power: Higher Education in the 21st Century, Debbie Epstein

Section 1.

2. Introduction: Producing and Reproducing the University, Rosemary Deem

3.Repairing the Deficits of Modernity; the emergence of parallel discourses in higher education in Europe, Roger Dale

4. The University and the Welfare State in Transition: Changing Public Services in a Wider Context, Marek Kwiek

5. University Leadership in the Twenty-First Century: the Case for Academic Caesarism, Steve Fuller

6. (Re)producing Universities: Knowledge Dissemination, Market Power and the Global Knowledge Commons, Penny Ciancanelli

7.New Tricks and Old Dogs? The ‘Third Mission’ and the Re-production of the University, Maria Nedeva


Section 2

8.Introduction: Supplying knowledge, Rebecca Boden

9.The Constitution of a New Global Regime: Higher Education in the GATS/WTO Framework, Antoni Verger

10.In Quality We Trust? The Case of Quality Assurance in Finnish Universities, Jani Ursin

11.HRM in HE: People Reform or Re-forming People?, Matt Waring

12.Policy Incitements to Mobility: Some Speculations and Provocations, Jane Kenway and Johannah Fahey

Section 3:  

13.Introduction: Demanding Knowledge – Marketing and Consumption, Susan Wright

14.Towards a High Skills Economy:Higher Education and the New Realities of Global Capitalism, Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder and David Ashton

15.International Student Migration: The Case of Chinese ‘Sea-turtles’, Wei Shen

16.Government Rhetoric and Student Understandings: Discursive Framings of Higher Education ‘Choice’, Rachel Brooks

17.Higher Education: A Powerhouse for Development in a Neo-Liberal Age?, Rajani Naidoo

18. Shaping the global market of higher education through quality promotion, Gigliola Mathison

19.The Rise of Private Higher Education in Senegal: An Example of Knowledge Shopping?, Gunnar Guddal Michelson


Section 4


Introduction: Transnational Academic Flows, Fazal Rizvi

21.Have global academic flows created a global labour market?, Simon Marginson

22.Transnational academic mobility in a global knowledge economy: comparative and historical motifs, Terri Kim

23.The Chinese Knowledge Diaspora: Communication Networks among Overseas Chinese Intellectuals in the Global Era, Anthony R. Welch and Zhang Zhen

24. Internationalization and the Cosmopolitical University, Rodrigo Britez and Michael A. Peters

25.The Social Web: Changing Knowledge Systems in Higher Education, Bill Cope and Marh Kalantzis