The Uberisation of Scientific Work

Sara Diogo, Bruno Vilhena and Teresa Carvalho Scientific work has been gaining increased attention and importance in the public policy arena, conveyed by the fact that scientific knowledge is essential to promote economic and social development (Carvalho 2021). Much of this attention stems from the changes that the academic careers and more specifically working conditions The Uberisation of Scientific Work

Artificial Intelligence for economic competitiveness and Grand Challenges?

Inga Ulnicane What is the purpose for developing and using Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Is it to boost economic growth and competitiveness? Or should it contribute to tackling Grand societal challenges and achieving Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as health, environment and energy? Can AI contribute to the both? I examine these questions in my Artificial Intelligence for economic competitiveness and Grand Challenges?

Artificial Intelligence and Europe: New tech & old vibes

Inga Ulnicane  ‘… Europe is a unique aspiration. […] It is an aspiration of a world full of new technologies and age-old values’, Ursula von der Leyen, then incoming President of the European Commission, wrote in her political guidelines in 2019. Since then questions of new technologies and European values have been at the forefront Artificial Intelligence and Europe: New tech & old vibes

(In)voluntary mergers in higher education: a story from Norway

By Martina Vukasovic In 2015 the Norwegian government launched a large-scale re-organisation in higher education. The policy solution proposed, like in many other cases, involved mergers of higher education institutions. There were several formal policy goals, such as robust academic environments, good access to education and expertise, contribution to regional development and effective use of (In)voluntary mergers in higher education: a story from Norway

About time to research higher education! – A workshop-based reflection on European higher education research(ers) in times of uncertainty

By Alina Felder Convening virtually over the course of three days (30 June – 2 July 2021), twelve PhD students from six countries exchanged about current research and challenges to researching the area of higher education. The workshop on ‘European higher education in times of uncertainty’ comprised two keynote lectures by senior researchers – Jeroen About time to research higher education! – A workshop-based reflection on European higher education research(ers) in times of uncertainty

International research collaborations: arranged marriages, old boys’ networks, and alternatives

By Inga Ulnicane Science has traditionally been one of the most international activities. Long before political and economic European integration started in the mid-20th century, researchers were collaborating and exchanging knowledge across national and organisational borders. During the past decades, international research collaboration has increased due to a number of processes internal and external to International research collaborations: arranged marriages, old boys’ networks, and alternatives

Evidence to do what? Emergence of Knowledge Exchange as an Academic Practice in UK Higher Education

By Justyna Bandola-Gill   The quest for usable science is one of the defining challenges for contemporary universities. One of the key drivers of this change is the rise of the so-called impact agenda, in which research funding is directly linked to the socio-economic value of produced knowledge. This change in research funding – and Evidence to do what? Emergence of Knowledge Exchange as an Academic Practice in UK Higher Education

2021 ECPR General Conference – Section on Knowledge Politics and Policies

The Section on Knowledge Politics and Policies continues the work on knowledge policy domains from the past 8 ECPR conferences (previously under the titles ‘Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation’ and ‘Europe of Knowledge’) and we are now looking for paper proposals. If you would like to contribute to one of the proposed panels, please 2021 ECPR General Conference – Section on Knowledge Politics and Policies

2019 EXCELLENT PAPER AWARD TO JUSTYNA BANDOLA-GILL

We are happy to inform you that our jury, comprised of Emanuela Reale, Luis Sanz-Menendez and Bjørn Stensaker has decided to award the Excellent Paper Award to Justyna Bandola-Gill for the paper “Knowledge exchange repertoires: Producing and translating evidence for policy”. Below follows the jury’s explanation: The manuscript focuses on researchers’ perspectives on knowledge exchange and how they shape strategies 2019 EXCELLENT PAPER AWARD TO JUSTYNA BANDOLA-GILL

Knowledge Policy Dynamics in the Global Context (International Conference on Public Policy 2019)

Martina Vukasovic The fourth edition of the International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) took place 26-28 June 2019, in Montreal (Canada), on the premises of the University of Concordia (following the 1st ICPP in Grenoble in 2013, the 2nd ICPP in Milan in 2015, and the 3rd ICPP in Singapore in 2017). The conference  included more than 150 thematic panels organized into Knowledge Policy Dynamics in the Global Context (International Conference on Public Policy 2019)

Knowledge Power Europe

Mitchell Young While, as the name of this blog reflects, knowledge has become a central concern in European policymaking internally, it has not made the same inroads into the EU’s external policy discourses. This neglect of knowledge in the field of international relations is not limited to the EU, but given the European policy context, Knowledge Power Europe

The European Universities initiative: a game-changer for higher education in Europe?

By Marina Cino Pagliarello The implementation of a common Higher Education policy has been a long-standing objective of the European Union (Corbett, 2005). The launch of the Bologna Process in 1999 with its aim of creating a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the establishment of the European Research Area (ERA) have been important drivers The European Universities initiative: a game-changer for higher education in Europe?

How programme directors frame higher education quality in interdependence

By Kasja Weenink The study ‘We’re stubborn enough to create our own world’ (Weenink, Aarts, & Jacobs, 2021) addresses how directors of educational programs understand and enact higher education quality in interdependence with its environment. It reveals that the directors’ room to play out their quality views depends on their position within the academic hierarchy How programme directors frame higher education quality in interdependence