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Subject: CfP: RGS-IBS 2017 Constructing the higher education student: understanding spatial variations

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Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2017

London, 29th August-1st September


Call for Papers: Constructing the higher education student: understanding spatial variations

Sponsored by the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group


Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey) and Johanna Waters (University of Oxford)


Please send abstracts to Rachel by noon on 13th February for consideration for this session:


Many scholars have argued that, in contemporary society, higher education policy and practice have both been profoundly changed by globalising pressures. Indeed, some have contended that the state’s capacity to control education has been significantly limited by the growth of both international organisations and transnational companies (Ball, 2007) and that the three traditional models of university education in Europe (Humboldtian, Napoleonic and Anglo-Saxon) have been replaced by a single Anglo-American model, characterised by, inter alia, competition, marketisation, decentralisation and a focus on entrepreneurial activity. Nevertheless, this analysis is not universally held. For example, not all European nations have sought to establish elite universities or maximise revenue through attracting international students, and significant differences remain in the way in which higher education is funded. In explaining such variations, scholars have pointed to differences in political dynamics, politico-administrative structures and intellectual traditions, as well as the flexibility and mutability of neo-liberal ideas themselves. However, research to date has focussed primarily on the extent of convergence (or divergence) with respect to top-level policies; as a result, little work has explored the perspectives of social actors, nor the ways in which policy may be ‘enacted’ locally, in ways that diverge from formal policy documents.


In this session we intend to bring together papers that explore the ways in which ‘the higher education student’ is constructed across different spatial contexts. We are keen to include papers that draw on data derived from students themselves, as well as from other social actors (such as the media, policymakers and higher education staff). We anticipate that they will speak to debates about what it means to be a young person within the contemporary university, as well as to those that relate more specifically to the geographies of higher education.



Rachel Brooks

Professor of Sociology and Executive Editor, British Journal of Sociology of Education

Department of Sociology

University of Surrey





T: 01483 686987


Twitter: @_rachel_brooks


New book: Brooks, R. (ed) (2016) Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives London, Routledge.


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