CGHE seminar

The building of weak expertise: the work of university rankers

  • Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room TBC, UCL Institute of Education
  • Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester


In this seminar, I introduce the concept of weak expertise and show how university rankers are an example of a weak yet influential expert.

Based on a long field study and interviews with key respondents, I show how rankers build up their expertise as the result of a constantly negotiated balance of relevance, reliability, and robustness in the production of their ranking devices and events.

Ranking makers face difficult choices – they need to produce better instruments that are seen as reliable and comparable through time, rankings that are based on robust data, but also rankings that are relevant to their main target audiences. The choices that rankers make are reflected in the different networks of actors and devices that they use.


All seminars are free and open to the public. No advance booking required.


You can register to watch a livestream of this seminar.

Miguel Antonio Lim

Miguel Antonio Lim

Dr Miguel Antonio Lim is Lecturer in Education and International Development at the University of Manchester. Previously, he was EU-Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University, working on higher education policy. He has worked on international partnerships for Sciences Po-Paris and taught at the London School of Economics (LSE). He was also Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network Secretariat, a partnership between Columbia University, the National University of Singapore, LSE, and Sciences Po-Paris.

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