Professor Ronald Barnett

News and Coming Schedule

  • Winner of First Prize, Society of Educational Studies annual book awards, 2017 - to my book ‘Understanding the University: Institution, Idea, Possibilities

  • Just published: The Idea of the University: A Reader, edited byMichael A Peters and Ronald Barnett (Peter Lang, 2018, 680pp - available in paperback).  This is Volume 1 of a 2-volume enterprise between Michael Peters and myself, and it comprises extracts from the key publications on the idea of the University over the last 200 years, from Kant onwards. 
  • - It is being followed very shortly this year by Volume 2, The Idea of the University: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Ronald Barnett and Michael A Peters (also Peter Lang, 600+pp). 


    My coming schedule includes:


    • 22 January: Invited seminar, Institute for Learning and Teaching, University of Bristol, on ‘The Student as Global Citizen: feasible utopia or dangerous mirage?’
    • 12-13 April: Keynote address, Annual Conference of Society for Higher Education Research, Speyer, Germany: ‘Placing the University, Thinking, Ecology and Utopia’.
    • 28 April: Keynote, EUNIS Rectors’ conference, Porto, Portugal, on ‘The Digital Revolution: Can the University Survive? Yes and No!’ (I shall also take a postgraduate class while I am there).

    • 3-4 May: Opening Keynote, International conference on Strategic Internationalisation in Higher Education: Promoting Cooperation, Respecting Diversity, Athens: ‘Addressing Globalisation in Higher Education: an Ecological Approach to Internationalisation’.

    • 31 May: ‘The Ecological University: a Feasible Utopia’, invited speaker to a seminar with Professor Simon Marginson, University College London Institute of Education.

    • 4 June: Invited lecture, Coimbra University, Portugal.

    • 13 June: Workshop for research students, St Mary’s University, UK.

    Recent activities:

    As well as keynote talks and invited seminars (please see my ‘talks’ page), my recent activities have included:

    Book Series

    • With Paul Gibbs and Amanda Fulford, I have recently signed a contract with Springer for a series on Debating Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives. Please do be in touch with me if you have a possible idea for a volume in this series –