Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)


Upcoming events


Date: October 2020
Time: tba
Venue: tba
Speaker: Julie Rowlands, Associate Professor of Education Leadership, Deakin University, Australia

The Relationship Between Epistemic Governance and Epistemic Injustice:
The contribution of research assessment to the governance and production of ‘legitimate knowledge’

In this presentation, Dr Rowlands will draw on fieldwork conducted in Denmark in 2018 with Professor Susan Wright on the effects of research assessment on research practice. She will consider, from critical and feminist perspectives, the ways in which research assessment governs the production of academic knowledge and contributes to epistemic injustices. The notion of epistemic governance extends traditional understandings of governance as systems of decision-making and control to include consideration of critically important power relations pertaining to the creation, structuring and co-ordination of knowledge production.

Drawing on specific examples from the fieldwork relating to gender and language, Dr Rowlands' presentation will examine how research assessment has particular effects not only on where new knowledge produced through research is published, but also on what research is conducted, how and by whom, and on what knowledge is recognised and what is not. This contributes significantly to the generation and reproduction of epistemic injustices relating to (il)legitimate knowers and (il)legitimate knowledge.


Past events 


Date: Thursday 12 March 2020
Time: 11am-12pm
Venue: Debating Chamber, Falmer House (First floor of Falmer House - accessible via stairs or lift. Go through the Common Room and it is the first set of double doors on the left)
Speaker: Professor Rebecca Boden, Research Director, New Social Research Programme, University of Tampere, Finland 

Australian and UK vice-chancellors' pay, widely seen as excessive, has been a near constant source of public scandal for a number of years. In both countries, this is set in a context of worsening employment conditions for all but senior managers and, in the UK, a decade of fierce pay restraint.

This seminar explored this issue from a governance perspective, tracing how the commercialisation and marketisation of UK and Australian universities has led to the adoption of corporate-style governance mechanisms in which VCs have become akin to CEOs. However, existing literature suggests that there is little or no relationship between VC remuneration levels and organisational performance. This is a serious equity issue; excessive remuneration undermines principles of fairness and diverts financial resources from educational and research organisational objectives. Suggestions for reform were made in conclusion.

Professor Rebecca Boden is research director of the new Social Research Programme at Tampere University, Finland. A critical accountant with a background in STS and public management, her works explore the impact of regimes of financial and management control on sites of knowledge production, especially universities.



CHEER seminar poster image_feb2020Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: Room 202, Fulton

Rainbow Laces and Safe Spaces! Queer Eyes on Absences, Erasures and Distortions in Higher Education

This event will be a panel presentation and discussion with a view to identifying a change agenda for universities and the University and College Union (UCU).




Rainbow Laces and Safe Spaces: Photo Gallery



Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 12.30-2pm
Venue: Room 201, Fulton
Speaker: Professor Fazal Rizvi, Melbourne University, Australia

Higher Education as a Site of the Formation of Business Diaspora

CHEER seminar poster: 16oct2019A contemporary definition of diaspora points to communities that are transnationally dispersed but connected to their place of origin. Accordingly, diaspora do not have an objective existence but are forged through a variety of means, involving multiple agencies and sites of formation. One of these sites is higher education. Based on interviews conducted with Indian and Chinese students in Australia, I will argue in this paper that recent policies and practices of internationalisation of higher education, shaped by a market rationality, have steered international students towards particular forms of diaspora, aligned to a range of beliefs about the importance of their participation within the global economy and in particular their role in facilitating transnational regimes of business activities.

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne Australia, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy and Australia-Asia relations. A collection of his essays is published in: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014). His most recent books include a co-authored volume, Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalization (Palgrave 2017) and a co-edited volume,Transnational Perspectives on Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Education(Bloomsbury 2019). Professor Rizvi is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and a former Editor of the journal, Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, and past President of the Australian Association of Research in Education.



For details - and recordings for some - of other CHEER-hosted events that took place during the current (2018/19) academic year, visit our archive.

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