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CFP: Governing knowledge policies in contemporary Europe (UACES 2015)

UACES (7-9 September 2015; Bilbao, Spain)

Panel chair / discussant: Meng-Hsuan Chou (menghsuan.chou [at]

Governing knowledge policies in contemporary Europe

Knowledge policies are at the forefront of contemporary politics. Indeed, knowledge is to be the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive; the competition for knowledge drives the global race for talent. The UACES Collaborative Research Network on the European Research Area invites contributions to examine, and go beyond, Europe in considering these overarching questions: What key themes should we address when we talk about the governance of knowledge policies? How and why are these themes crucial for our understanding of public policymaking in knowledge domains (i.e. research, higher education, and science)? Specifically, we are interested in theoretical, empirical and comparative contributions that investigate the role of the ‘four I’s’ – ideas, interests, instruments and institutions – in the multi-level governance of knowledge policies. By ‘role’, we refer to the effects that ideas, actors (individual, organisational), policy instruments and institutions have had on the governance of knowledge policies, and vice-versa. Our focus on ‘roles’ is to enable a multidisciplinary discussion on whether these factors share defining characteristics across different knowledge policy domains, and between distinct governance levels and geographical regions. The CRN continues to welcome all scholars, theoretical and methodological approaches to critically discuss the reconfiguration of knowledge systems – in Europe and around the world.

Please respond with the following by 9 January 2015 to Hsuan (menghsuan.chou [at]

– Full name

– University / Institution

– Postal address

– Email address

– Name of any co-authors

– Title of paper

– Keyword(s) (up to 6)

– Research discipline

– A 250-word abstract