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Local Practices of Participation of Academic Staff in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education

Contact person: Ioana Bunescu
Funding: Postdokprogram för kvalitetsutveckling inom högre utbildning. Malmö högskola
Timeframe: 2011-09-01 -- 2013-08-31
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Culture and Society, Global Political Studies
Webpage: http://mah.se/postdok

Local Practices of Participation of Academic Staff in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education
A Comparative Study Denmark/Sweden

My postdoctoral research is a comparative study of the influence of internationalization of higher education on the local practices of participation of academic staff in Denmark and Sweden. It aims to understand how the global pressures to internationalize higher education, due to increasing migration flows , the liberalization of the welfare state, and the decreasing public spending on education, affect the local practices of participation of academic staff. My fieldwork is based on observation and interviews at sampled international departments at universities in Denmark and Sweden, two countries that exemplify the Scandinavian welfare state. The departments are institutions embedded in national and global structural contexts, and, in the same time, they are locations in which the practices of participation and citizenship are rehearsed and constituted.

Hence, the following problem formulation:
How does the internationalization of higher education affect the local practices of participation of academic staff?

It is important to understand the local practices of participation of academic staff not only as actions shaped by the structural context, but also as meaningful actions that shape the larger society. The research is expected to shed light onto how practices at the micro level illustrate and influence macro societal challenges, such as social cohesion and labor market integration.

Phase I of the research (2011-2012) is an investigation of the context in which the practices are constituted. It consists of a comparison of national, university and departmental policy agendas. The observation at specific departments starts during this phase.

Phase II of the research (2012-2013) is an investigation of the practices of participation through continuing observations and interviewing national and international academic staff at selected departments.

The research aims to finalize with a book publication with an international academic publisher. The publication is expected to be of interest to an array of international readers ranging from academics, policy makers, students, politicians and the general public.

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