CGHE Seminar 32

Global regionalisms and higher education: from projects to politics and theory

  • Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 12:30 - 14:00
  • Committee Room 1, UCL Institute of Education
  • Susan L. Robertson, University of Cambridge
  • Roger Dale, University of Bristol
  • Que Anh Dang, University of Bristol


Drawing on their recently published book on Global regionalisms and higher education (published by Edward Elgar, 2016) Robertson, Dale and Dang argue that despite the proliferation of various region-building projects around the world as a reaction to globalisation – from Europe to Latin America, Africa and Asia – that there has been very little, if any, systematic engagement by higher education scholars in theorising these developments.

The presenters outline some lines of theoretical and empirical enquiry developed by the different authors in the book, which open up some new ways of thinking about regionalisms and inter-regionalisms, where higher education is both a key sector in regional development.

Collectively the chapters make the case that globally, higher education is being transformed by regionalising and inter-regionalising projects aimed at resolving ongoing economic, political and cultural challenges within and beyond national territorial states.

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Susan L. Robertson

Susan L. Robertson

Susan Robertson is Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Cambridge. Until recently, she was Professor at the University of Bristol, UK, and Director of the Centre for Globalisation, Education and Social Futures. She is founding co-editor of the journal, Globalisation, Societies and Education. She has written extensively on global and regional processes, with a particular interest in new state spaces, policy, higher education and the development of knowledge economies.

Roger Dale

Roger Dale

Roger Dale is Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Bristol, UK. Prior to this he held posts at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and at the Open University, UK. Roger is well known for his seminal work on the state and education, and more recently for contributions to theory on globalisation and governance.

Que Anh Dang

Que Anh Dang

Que Anh Dang is a Marie Curie Doctoral Researcher at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include mobility and mutation of education policies, the role of international organisations, especially the World Bank, in policy-making, higher education and regionalism. Her current research project is ‘Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): Ways of Hybrid Higher Education Sectoral Regionalism’.

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