Resilient Universities

Confronting Changes in a Challenging World

by Jan Erik Karlsen (Volume editor) Rosalind Pritchard (Volume editor)
©2014 Edited Collection 412 Pages


Resilience is ostensibly acknowledged as a cross-disciplinary issue, yet resilience analysis has seldom been applied to the understanding of universities and the academic world. The contributions to this volume aim to fill this gap through the presentation of both theoretical and empirical studies.
The book’s title reflects the desire to extend the debate in new directions and to assemble a fresh set of models and tools for thinking about resilient universities. Bringing together a range of experts in the field, this collection marks a novel departure within the social sciences and is intended to act as a first step towards establishing a holistic approach to future university governance and adaptation.
Today’s European universities are confronted by profound changes. This book constitutes an accessibly written, polemical and bold exploration of how current crises facing higher education institutions could be more effectively addressed by institutional resilience and new forms of adaptive, future oriented governance.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2013 (November)
social sciences holistic approach university governance
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. 412 pp.

Biographical notes

Jan Erik Karlsen (Volume editor) Rosalind Pritchard (Volume editor)

Jan Erik Karlsen is Emeritus Professor of Change Management/Industrial Economics at the University of Stavanger. He has served as Director/Head of Research at the International Research Institute of Stavanger and Adjunct Professor at the Stavanger University Hospital. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Madison (Wisconsin), the University of Southern California (LA), the École de Mines de Paris (Sophia Antipolis), the University of Barcelona and the ESADE School of Management (Barcelona). He is Vice Praeses of the Stavanger Academy of Sciences and in 2012 he was Forum Chair of the European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR) conference held in Stavanger, Norway. Rosalind M. O. Pritchard is Professor of Education at the University of Ulster, where she runs courses on the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has a particular interest in Germany, and has published numerous articles and several books including Reconstructing Education: East German Schools and Universities after Unification, The End of Elitism? The Democratisation of the West German University System and Neoliberal Developments in Higher Education. She has been Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education, and was elected to membership of the British Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Irish Academy. She is also Secretary of the European Association for Institutional Research.


Title: Resilient Universities