The Evolution of University–Community Engagement
In this chapter we consider ways in which networks of universities have evolved over time, in relation to community engagement. Different ways of conceptualising community engagement are discussed, ranging from the physical location of universities to engagement through research and taking in the relevance of arts and culture, extension studies, the university presses and service. We argue that university–community engagement is not new but that it has evolved over time as universities adapt to changing social and political circumstances differently across disciplines. Different university clusters are considered and ways in which they have differentiated each other are explored, in order to better understand their shared and distinct features, and move towards a typology of the university facing community engagement.
KeywordsUniversity networks for engagement Types of community engagement Arts Extension studies University presses Service Typology
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