Remaking the university

There is growing discussion in many places concerning how to reform our universities in the face of common pressures we increasingly face to restructure along neoliberal lines. This post provides a clearinghouse for commentary both on this situation and on efforts to respond to it. In this way, it contributes to the central aim of CSPS to work towards a more just and equitable society in the spaces and places most intimate to those of us working as professional academics. If you have more resources you would like to suggest for this list please contact us. Click here for related postings.


University Initiatives

Charte de la désexcellence

National Senior Management Survey (UK)

Newcastle University: Newcastle University has said no to coercive performance management!

New University Norway

Rede Investigadores Contra a Precariedade Científica

University of Aberdeen: Reclaiming our University

University of Brighton: University and College Union

University of Minnesota: Academics United

Wageningen University: What it means to be a ‘Good Academic’ in the University today


Bal, E., Grassiani, E., & Kirk, K. (2014). Neoliberal individualism in Dutch universities: Teaching and learning anthropology in an insecure environmentLearning and Teaching7(3), 46-72.

Ball, Stephen J. (2012). Performativity, commodification and commitment: An I-spy guide to the neoliberal universityBritish Journal of Educational Studies60(1), 17-28.

Bauder, H. (2005). The segmentation of academic labour: A Canadian exampleACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 4(2), 228-239.

Bauder, H. (2015). The international mobility of academics: a labour market perspectiveInternational Migration53(1), 83-96.

Berg, L. D. (2012). Knowledge enclosure, accumulation by dispossession, and the academic publishing industryPolitical Geography31(5), 260-262.

Berg, L. D., Huijbens, E. H., & Larsen, H. G. (2016). Producing anxiety in the neoliberal universityThe Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien60(2), 168-180.

Berg, M. and B. Seeper. (2016). The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy.  Toronto, Canada:

Brem-Wilson, J. (2014). From ‘here’to ‘there’: Social movements, the academy and solidarity researchSocialist Studies/Études Socialistes10(1).

Brown, W. 2015. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Edwards, Marc A., and Siddhartha Roy. 2017. Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and HypercompetitionEnvironmental Engineering Science 34(1):51-61.

Gaffikin, F., & Perry, D. C. (2009). Discourses and strategic visions: The US research university as an institutional manifestation of neoliberalism in a global eraAmerican Educational Research Journal46(1), 115-144.

Gill, R. (2014). Academics, cultural workers and critical labour studiesJournal of Cultural Economy7(1), 12-30.

Ginsberg, B. (2013). The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Halffman, W., & Radder, H. (2015). The academic manifesto: From an occupied to a public universityMinerva53(2), 165-187.

Hall, T. (2014). Making their own futures? Research change and diversity amongst contemporary British human geographersThe Geographical Journal180(1), 39-51.

Hartman, Y., & Darab, S. (2012). A call for slow scholarship: A case study on the intensification of academic life and its implications for pedagogyReview of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies34(1-2), 49-60.

Kauppinen, I. (2012). Towards transnational academic capitalismHigher Education64(4), 543-556.

Kuus, M. (2015). For slow researchInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research39(4), 838-840.

Lorenz, C. (2014). Fixing the facts: The rise of new public management, the metrification of “quality” and the fall of the academic professionsMoving the Social52, 5-26.

Mountz, A., et al. (2015). For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal universityACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies14(4), 1235-1259.

Lynch, K. and M. P. Ivancheva. (2015). Academic Freedom and the Commercialisation of Universities: A Critical Ethical AnalysisEthics in Science and Environmental Politics, 15(1), 1–15.

Nash, J. C., and E. A. Owens. (2016). Introduction: Institutional Feelings: Practicing Women’s Studies in the Corporate UniversityFeminist Formations27(3), vii–xi.

Olssen, M. and M. A. Peters. (2005). Neoliberalism, Higher Education and the Knowledge Economy: From the Free Market to Knowledge CapitalismJournal of Education Policy20(3), 313–45.

Peake, L. J., and B. Mullings. (2016). Critical Reflections on Mental and Emotional Distress in the AcademyACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies15(2), 253–84.

Peters, K., and J. Turner. (2014). Fixed-Term and Temporary: Teaching Fellows, Tactics, and the Negotiation of Contingent Labour in the UK Higher Education SystemEnvironment and Planning A46(10), 2317–31.

Polster, C. and J. Newson. (2015). A Penny for Your Thoughts: How Corporatization Devalues Teaching, Research, and Public Service in Canada’s Universities. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Savigny, H. (2013). The (Political) Idea of a University: Political Science and Neoliberalism in English Higher EducationEuropean Political Science12(4), 432–39.

Slaughter, S. and L. L. Leslie. (1997). Academic Capitalism: Politics, Policies, and the Entrepreneurial University. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

The Autonomous Geographies Collective. (2010). Beyond Scholar Activism: Making Strategic Interventions inside and Outside the Neoliberal UniversityACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies9(2), 245–74.

Tyfield, D. (2012). A Cultural Political Economy of Research and Innovation in an Age of CrisisMinerva50(2), 149–67.

International Responses to the Academic Manifesto: Reports from 14 Countries.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (ISSN 2471-9560).

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