Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Heffernan, Laura Suarsana, Peter Meusburger
    Pages 1-20 Open Access
  3. Historical Perspectives

  4. The University, Knowledge, and Governance

  5. The University and the City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. John Goddard
      Pages 355-373 Open Access
    3. Alexandra C. den Heijer, Flavia T. J. Curvelo Magdaniel
      Pages 439-459 Open Access
  6. The University and the Region

  7. The International University

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 603-603
    2. Allan Cochrane
      Pages 605-616 Open Access
    3. Jane Kenway
      Pages 617-636 Open Access
    4. Jane Knight
      Pages 637-655 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 657-676

About this book


This open access volume raises awareness of the histories, geographies, and practices of universities and analyzes their role as key actors in today’s global knowledge economy. Universities are centers of research, teaching, and expertise with significant economic, social, and cultural impacts at different geographical scales. Scholars from a variety of disciplines and countries offer original analyses and discussions along five main themes: historical perspectives on the university as a site of knowledge production, cultural encounter, and political interest; institutional perspectives on university governance and the creation of innovative environments; relationships between universities and the city; the impact of universities on national and regional economies and cultures; and the processes of internationalization through student mobility, the creation of education hubs, and global regionalism in higher education.


University Knowledge Environment Mobility of Scholars and Students Impact of Universities Catchment Areas of Universities Universities and Regional Economies Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Meusburger
    • 1
  • Michael Heffernan
    • 2
  • Laura Suarsana
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.School of GeographyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of GeographyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

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