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Governing and Governance in Education RIG Meeting


The next meeting of the Governing and Governance in Education Research Interest Group (RIG) will take place: 

Date: Thursday 19th March 2020
Venue: London
Time: 11:00am - 3:30am

The morning session will be devoted to a presentation by Dr Andrew Wilkins on the following theme with subsequent discussion :-


Risk institutions and strategies in government: A governmentality approach to policy and governance studies in education


Risk is a key concept in various types of research, including biomedical, humanitarian, security and environmental research.  Yet the concept of risk has limited use in education research, other than serving as a very general signifier to indicate harm or danger.  Risk is central to some education research, namely research looking at the construction of children and young people as vulnerable or ‘at-risk’ and research documenting the impact of students’ engagement in forms of adventure learning, sometimes called ‘risky play’.  But the literature is conceptually limited.  Moreover, there is a paucity of education research that specifically engages with a governmentality approach to risk.  In this paper I adopt a governmentality perspective to examine how risk functions as strategies in government, understood here as an enforcement mechanism for the control and management of education.  Specifically, I show how the self-governing practices of schools as risk institutions constitute important sites for tracing the construction and consolidation of market discipline, monopoly governance and regulatory relations.

The afternoon session will provide for a Researcher Space for brief presentations on current or intended research involving governing and governance in education

(please get in touch with me if you would like to present in this part of the programme)

There will also be a progress report on the Special Edition of MiE on the theme of governance. 

Please register your interest in attending - to receive the programme for the day, to assist with room booking and, of course, refreshment planning.

Registration for this event is free and full venue details will be provided to registered delegates in the form of joining instructions.

Dr Ron Hill, (Convener)
Professor of Education
University of Stirling
07770 885 803

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