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Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education

Challenges of Migration and Ageing Populations

  • Maria Slowey
  • Hans G. Schuetze
  • Tanya Zubrzycki

Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. New Demographics and Lifelong Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Contemporary Patterns of Migration and Higher Education: Opportunities for New Lifelong Learners?

  4. Ageing Populations and Changing Life Course Patterns: Implications for Higher Education and ‘Longlife’ Learners

About this book


This book investigates the policy, educational, organizational and ethical implications for higher education of two major socio-demographic upheavals – migration and ageing populations. 

This is an extremely timely and important collection focusing on growing migration and an increase in ageing populations, two major social trends that researchers in higher education often overlook. The multi-level analysis of the role that higher education can play, together with the contributions from 12 countries in the North and South make this one of the most outstanding collections on these themes. Rajani Naidoo, Director, International Centre for HE Management, University of Bath.

Auguste Comte famously observed that demography is destiny. This superb volume examines the powerful impact of two global demographic trends, and the vital role universities can play in responding to them. The book describes a range of innovative and pragmatic responses, while deepening our understanding of why serving these populations it so important for the health of our communities and our democracies. Matthew Hartley, Professor and Associate Dean, GSE, University of Pennsylvania.

The powerful synergy of the longevity revolution and the technology revolution necessitates a corresponding education revolution. It is clear that the educational assets acquired in youth and early adulthood no longer provide sufficient currency for longer, big change impacted lives. This timely book examines the benefits of creating an inclusive, rights-based culture of learning at every stage of life. Alexandre Kalache, Co-President, International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance and ILC Brazil.

How can we understand the current dynamics of migrations and demographic trends to adapt HE access policies accordingly? By bringing together empirical research in different countries, this book offers an essential insight on this very sensitive issue for both individuals and their societies. A must read for researchers and policy makers. Gaële Goastellec, Professor of Sociology, University of Lausanne, Chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers.

The contributions cover an admirably wide range of countries, shedding different lights on these common themes. The book sets a challenging and informed agenda which policy-makers and institutional leaders would do well to take seriously. Tom Schuller, Formerly Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD.


Higher education reform Migration and higher education Ageing populations Lifelong learning Change management Equality of opportunity Socio-demographic developments in higher education Global ageing and implications for HE Changing migration patterns HE in increasing multi-cultural environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Slowey
    • 1
  • Hans G. Schuetze
    • 2
  • Tanya Zubrzycki
    • 3
  1. 1.Higher Education Research CentreDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Educational StudiesThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Higher Education Research CentreDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

About the editors

Maria Slowey is a Professor in the School of Policy and Practice and Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland, where she also served as Vice President (Learning Innovation). She was previously Professor, Vice Dean Research and Founding Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning, Glasgow University. She has published extensively on the sociology of lifelong learning, widening access and social responsibility in higher education and appointed expert adviser to national and international bodies including the OECD, UNESCO, EU and the Scottish Parliament. An elected Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, she has held many visiting positions (most recently, in Stanford and Nagoya Universities) and plays an active role in learned societies and editorial boards – commencing, in 2020, a five year term as Associate Editor, Studies in Higher Education. In 2015, she was inducted into the International Adult Education Hall of Fame.


Hans G. Schuetze holds a Doctoral Degree (Juris Doctor) in International and Comparative Public Law from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and a Master’s Degree (LLM) from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked in Germany as a lawyer and legal policy expert at two levels of government. Between 1977 and 1986, he was a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) of the OECD, Paris. His main responsibilities included policies of higher education, vocational and professional education and training as well as lifelong learning. From 1991 to 2004, he was Professor of Higher Education Research and Policy, Department of Educational Studies and Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (now Professor Emeritus). He taught part-time at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (2006–2017), and has been a Visiting Professor at universities in six countries; his last appointment was at the Renmin University of China (since 2017). He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education and of Frontiers of Education in China (Springer).


Tanya Zubrzycki is a Research Assistant at the Higher Education Research Centre (HERC), Dublin City University. Her current research interests include lifelong learning, ageing populations and extended working lives. She is also a doctoral student at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she explores the changes associated with an academic profession in the Institutes of Technology in Ireland, in connection with the proposals for the establishment of technological universities. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and previously worked in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Puerto Rico as part of a graduate studentship programme.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education
  • Book Subtitle Challenges of Migration and Ageing Populations
  • Editors Maria Slowey
    Hans G. Schuetze
    Tanya Zubrzycki
  • Series Title Lifelong Learning Book Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Lifelong Learning Book Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-28226-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-28229-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-28227-1
  • Series ISSN 1871-322X
  • Series E-ISSN 2730-5325
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 330
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Lifelong Learning/Adult Education
    Higher Education
    Human Geography
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