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CHER conference 2017 will be organised in Jyväskylä, Central Finland.

CHER 2017 Conference, August 28 - 30

Universities as political institutions - HEIs in the middle of academic, economic, and social pressures

The 30th Annual Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) conference will focus on multiple and often complex relations and relationships, internal and external, to higher education institutions. In this context, political refers not only to definitions, uses, and users of power but more broadly to a variety of relationships among different actors and agencies responsible for making, executing, or resisting decisions concerning HEIs.

The conference aims to open fresh perspectives to HEIs as political institutions consisting of a variety of conflicting definitions and practices on how to organise, plan, and implement academic and managerial decisions and processes. Similar variety may occur with the multiple relationships HEIs have in their networks, formal agreements, and practical cooperation with the actors and agencies of surrounding societies.

The conference tracks will include the following ones: academic work and workers; leadership and management; teaching and learning; students - experience, admission and outcome; HEIs in society.

Scientific committee of the conference:

  • Professor Jussi Välimaa, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä
  • Professor Simon Marginson, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
  • Docent Terhi Nokkala, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä
  • Docent Sakari Ahola, Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku. 
  • Docent Oili-Helena Ylijoki, Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, TaSTI, University of Tampere. 
  • Dr. Mervi Friman, Häme University of Applied Sciences. 

The conference will be organised by the Higher Education Studies Team (HIEST) at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, the University of Jyväskylä, in cooperation with CHER.


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Contact information

Scientific leader
Professor Jussi Välimaa
+358 400 248 112

Project Researcher Taru Siekkinen
+358 40 805 4275

In practical issues please contact: cher2017@jyu.fi