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Universities: in, of, and beyond their cities

Brennan, John and Cochrane, Allan (2019). Universities: in, of, and beyond their cities. Oxford Review of Education, 45(2) pp. 188–203.

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Universities are necessarily implicated in processes of globalisation and neoliberalisation. But this also finds an expression in the ways that they operate in the cities in which they are located. They are always located in place, but the question remains whether they can be understood to be of the places in which they find themselves, capable of contributing to their development as learning cities. That is the question explored in this paper, with the help of evidence drawn from a research project in the United Kingdom which examined the regional role of four contrasting universities in four different urban locations. The paper highlights the importance of understanding the complexity of the relationships between universities and their cities - universities negotiate their roles within particular urban settings, and they do so in instrumental ways, reflecting their own distinctive institutional priorities.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1465-3915
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Higher Education and Regional Transformation: Social and Cultural Perspectives (The Heart Project)ES/E017894/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: universities; cities; place; globalization; neoliberalisation; competitiveness; branding; partnerships
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI)
Other Departments
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 60252
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 16:43
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 09:15
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