Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Rómulo Pinheiro, Mads P. Sørensen
      Pages 3-29 Open Access
  3. History and Current Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Mads P. Sørensen, Mitchell Young, Pernille Bak Pedersen
      Pages 87-114 Open Access
  4. New Innovations

  5. Organising for Responsibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Tea Vellamo, Elias Pekkola, Taru Siekkinen
      Pages 203-232 Open Access
    3. Jouni Kekäle, Jenni Varis
      Pages 233-256 Open Access
    4. Laila Nordstrand Berg, Rómulo Pinheiro, Puguh Prasetya Utomo, Pradnika Yunic Nurhayati
      Pages 257-287 Open Access
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Mads P. Sørensen
      Pages 291-312 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-318

About this book


This book explores how the notion of the responsible university manifests itself at various levels within Nordic higher education. As the impetus of the knowledge society has catapulted the higher education sector to the forefront of policy agendas, universities and other types of higher education institutions face increasing scrutiny, assessment and accountability. This book examines this phenomenon using the Nordic countries as cases in point, given the strong public commitment towards widening participation and public research investments. The editors and contributors analyse the history and current transformations of the idea of the responsible university, investigate new innovations in the educational landscape and look into how universities have begun to organise themselves to become more responsible. Drawing together scholars from the humanities and the social sciences, this interdisciplinary collection will be of interest and value to students and scholars of the role and nature of the modern university, in addition to practitioners and policy makers tasked with finding solutions to address the competing and often contradictory demands posed by a responsibility agenda.   


Nordic Higher Education Higher Education Responsibility Universities and mental health Engagement with the global south Responsible universities Industry and higher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Mads P. Sørensen
    • 1
  • Lars Geschwind
    • 2
  • Jouni Kekäle
    • 3
  • Rómulo Pinheiro
    • 4
  1. 1.The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy Department of Political ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Learning in Engineering SciencesKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  3. 3.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland
  4. 4.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25645-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25646-3
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