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The Responsible University

Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Analyses the notion of the responsible university using the Nordic universities as case studies

  • Scrutinises the history of the idea of the responsible university and how it is transforming and developing

  • Unites scholars from the humanities and social sciences for a truly interdisciplinary volume

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Responsible Universities in Context

      • Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Rómulo Pinheiro, Mads P. Sørensen
      Pages 3-29
  3. History and Current Transformations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 31-31
    2. Lost in Transition? On the Migration to English Language Research Publications

      • Mads P. Sørensen, Mitchell Young, Pernille Bak Pedersen
      Pages 87-114
  4. Organising for Responsibility

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. Responsible University: In Search of HR and Leadership Solutions

      • Jouni Kekäle, Jenni Varis
      Pages 233-256
    3. The Responsible University in Southeast Asia: A Tale of the Transition from an Elite to a Mass Higher Education System

      • Laila Nordstrand Berg, Rómulo Pinheiro, Puguh Prasetya Utomo, Pradnika Yunic Nurhayati
      Pages 257-287
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 289-289
    2. Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Towards a Nordic Model of the Responsible University?

      • Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Mads P. Sørensen
      Pages 291-312
  6. 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

  • The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

    Mads P. Sørensen

  • Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    Lars Geschwind

  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

    Jouni Kekäle

  • Department of Political Science, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

    Rómulo Pinheiro

About the editors

Mads P. Sørensen is Senior Researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests include current transformations of the University, new challenges to knowledge production and changing conditions for academics.

Lars Geschwind is Professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interests centre around higher education policy, universities’ organizational identity and change, academic leadership, and academic work.

Jouni Kekäle is Professor at the University of Eastern Finland. His main research interests focus on academic leadership, quality, disciplinary, and organizational cultures, and changing operational environment in higher education.

Rómulo Pinheiro is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Agder, Norway. Rómulo’s research interests are located at the intersection of public policy and administration, organisational theory, economic geography, innovation and higher education studies.  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Responsible University

  • Book Subtitle: Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond

  • Editors: Mads P. Sørensen, Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Rómulo Pinheiro

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-25645-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-25648-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-25646-3

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Higher Education, Philosophy of Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy and Politics, Organization and Leadership

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 23.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)