Professor Ronald Barnett

News and Coming Schedule

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

  • Just published:
    Michael Peters and I have just completed a major 2-volume project on The Idea of the University (both volumes published by Peter Lang, 2018):

    • Volume 1 (Michael Peters and Ronald Barnett (eds)) is 'A Reader' (680pp), which comprises extracts from the key texts on the idea of the University over the last 200 years, from Kant onwards. 
    • Volume 2 (Ronald Barnett and Michael Peters (eds)), 'Contemporary Perspectives' (620pp)is a set of commissioned essays from most of the leading scholars and researchers in the field, drawn from across the world.

    Both volumes are available in paperback - see under Books section for links for purchases.

  • My coming schedule includes:


    • 28 June: ‘The Ecological University: a Feasible Utopia’, invited speaker to a seminar with Professor Simon Marginson, Centre for Global Higher Education, University College London Institute of Education.


    • July: Lecture tour, Australia - with speaking engagements at:


    • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia - keynote: ‘(Re)valuing the university: an ecological approach’
    • University of Adelaide - guest university lecture: ‘Re-thinking the University in the C21: Pitfalls and Possibilities’
    • University of Adelaide Education Academy - guest lecture: ‘Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty’
    • Flinders University and The Philosophy Exchange - public lecture: ‘Universities in the C21: the beginning of ecological leadership, the end of management’


    • Victoria University - Vice-Chancellor’s lecture, 2018: ‘Transforming the University: An Ecological Approach’
    • La Trobe University - 2 guest lectures.


    • 20 September: Vienna - Council of the European Union - Presidency conference - opening keynote (on flexible learning and the new student)


    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 –