Forms of embeddedness and discourses of engagement: a case study of universities in their local environment

Lebeau, Yann and Bennion, Alice (2014) Forms of embeddedness and discourses of engagement: a case study of universities in their local environment. Studies in Higher Education, 39 (2). pp. 278-293. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

The paper explores two universities' strategies of impact and engagement and their perceptions by local economic and policy stakeholders in a post-industrial city of Scotland. The concept of structural embeddedness is used to unpack the logics and repertoires of action of local universities and to relate discourses and actions to the nature and intensity of the relationship between universities and the local context. In contrast with the dominant knowledge and innovation research paradigm presenting universities as key drivers of regional economic development and competitiveness, the paper suggests multiple and at times contradictory levels of impact of universities depending on their capacity to embed themselves in regional development strategies and socio-economic regeneration programmes. The conclusion suggests that the nature and returns of universities' local engagement approaches are determined by their position on the higher education market as much as by their embeddedness in the local economy, culture and polity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 15:17
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/42260
DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2012.709491

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