Professor Ronald Barnett

News and Coming Schedule

  • Recently elected as inaugural President, Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education Society.

  • 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:


    • Invited talk, October, 2018, international conference, Santiago, Chile: 'The Future of Higher Education'.


    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 –