Skip to the content

Universities: space, governance and transformation

May, T 2006, 'Universities: space, governance and transformation' , Social Epistemology, 20 (3/4) , pp. 333-345.

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


This paper takes up the themes in the articles and examines not only the environmental changes that are taking place in relation to universities, but also the dynamics of their organizational implications. It argues that there are parallels between managerially and academic professionalism in that both deny context. Arguing for a context‐sensitivity that is not dependant, issues of space and governance become important in order to understand forms of knowledge and the relationship between the contexts of production and the contents of what is produced. Universities have different capacities to play at the game of scales and they are judged according to abstract indicators that provide little or no opportunity for learning. Instead of examining these relations, expertise is assumed to be spatial, whilst universities transform themselves in the slipstream of imagined futures as if they were separate from the present and past. Understanding is lost in the process and so too are the opportunities to adequately examine the differences in types of knowledge’s that are produced for sustainable futures in contemporary societies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Space, governance, transformation, organisation, professionalism
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Social Epistemology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0269-1728
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 15:22
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:23

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)