The public university and the retreat from globalisation

An economic geography perspective on managing local-global tensions in international higher education

Eric Knight, Andrew Jones, Meric S. Gertler

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Abstract

As a growing backlash against globalisation gathers momentum, internationally oriented public universities face a period of great unrest. In particular, they find themselves caught between the narrowing local agendas of their public funders and the global outlook of their researchers and students. We suggest that an economic geography lens provides a powerful perspective for how universities might navigate these tensions. Specifically, we show how local-global tensions can be managed through strategies engaged at the city and regional level. Our contribution seeks to inform current debates in the higher education sector and bring economic geography more centrally into public discourse on this topic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Public universities
  • economic geography
  • impact and engagement
  • local-global tensions

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