Professor Ronald Barnett


As well as keynote talks and invited seminars (please see my ‘talks’ page), my recent activities have included:

My coming schedule includes:

9-11 November:

South Africa, Durban University of Technology, Learning, Teaching & Assessment Symposium:

  • Keynote: ‘Glimpsing the Ecological Curriculum’
  • Workshop: ‘Teaching and Research: Possibilities for New Relationships’

8-11 December:

Fiji, Australasian Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference:

  • Keynote: ‘The Coming of the Ecological University’

Recent activities:

As well as keynote talks and invited seminars (please see my ‘talks’ page), my recent activities have included:


  • ‘Understanding the University’ (2016) - see books page
  • (Edited by Ronald Barnett, Paul Temple and Peter Scott) Valuing Higher Education, An appreciation of the work of Gareth Williams, London, IOE Press (September 2016) – see books page here

Book Series

  • With Paul Gibbs and Amanda Fulford, I have recently signed a contract with Springer for a series on Debating Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives. Please do be in touch with me if you have a possible idea for a volume in this series –

Recent Published Papers:


  • in P Gibbs, O-H Ylijoki, C Guzman and R Barnett (eds) Universities in the Flux of Time: an exploration of time and temporality in university life. Routledge: Abingdon and New York.
  • ‘The Time of Reason and the Ecological University’
  • ‘Introduction’, by P Gibbs, O-H Ylijoki, C Guzman and R Barnett
  • ‘Coda’
  • ‘Introduction: An Intellectual Journey’, in R Barnett (ed) Thinking and Re-Thinking the University. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
  • ‘Policy, What Policy? Considering the University in the Twenty-first Century’, in P John and J Fanghanel (eds) Dimensions of Marketization on Higher Education. Routledge.
  • Martin Davies and Ronald Barnett, ‘Introduction’, in M Davies and R Barnett (eds) Critical Thinking in Higher Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • ‘Universidades, conocimeniento y curriculum: repensar la educacion superior para el siglio xxi’, in A Gewerc (ed) Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento. Universidad de Santiago del Compostela.


  • ‘Higher Education: Meanings and Purposes’, in International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions in section on Meanings and Purposes edited by Manja Klemencic; overall editors: Jung Cheol Shin and Pedro Nuno Teixeira. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • (with Peter Scott and Paul Temple): ‘A will to connect: perspectives, publics and prospects’, introductory essay in Valuing Higher Education: an appreciation of the work of Gareth Williams. London: UCL IOE Press.

In Press

  • ‘Researching Supercomplexity: Planes, Possibilities, Poetry’, in Lorraine Ling and Peter Ling (eds) Methods and Paradigms in Education Research. AEMAL publishers.
  • ‘The Ecological University’, in Ronald Barnett and Michael Peters (eds) The Idea of the University – volume 2, Contemporary Perspectives, New York, Peter Lang.

2017 - Commissioned

  • 'The Idea of the University in the Twenty-First Century: Where is the Imagination?’, being reproduced and translated in a Swedish volume of historical writings on the idea of the university, edited by Thomas Karlsohn. Gothenburg: Daidalos.



  • ‘Towards the Creative University’, Special issue of Knowledge Cultures on ‘Creative University: Innovation Discourses and Developmental Strategies’.
  • ‘Imagining the Humanities – Amid the Inhuman’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, special issue. 13 (1-2) 42-53
  • ‘The Very Idea of Academic Culture: What Academy? What Culture’, Special issue of Human Affairs, 24, 7-19.
  • (with Brenda Leibowitz) ‘A Will to Write’, South African Journal of Higher Education, 28 (1) 10-27
  • (with Gareth Parry) ‘Policy Analysis in Higher Education: negotiating dilemmas’, Magis (South American Journal), 14, July-December.


  • ‘Conceiving the University’, Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management, 3 (2). [reprinting of contribution to Michael Peter’s Festschrift.]

2016 - In Press

  • ‘The Thinking University: A Feasible Utopia?’, in special issue of Knowledge Cultures
  • ‘Reasoning the University’, in special issue on education in Tidskrift for Politisk Filosofi (translated into Swedish).
  • ‘Constructing the University: Towards a Social Philosophy of the University’, Educational Philosophy and Theory
  • (with Carolina Guzman) ‘Sighting Horizons of Teaching in Higher Education’, Higher Education
  • (with Soren Bengtsen): ‘Confronting the Dark Side of Higher Education’, Journal of Philosophy of Education.
  • ‘Some pathologies of undergraduate research – and how to cure them’, in CUR Council on Undergraduate Research.