The Ecological University: A Feasible Utopia

Front Cover
Routledge, Oct 12, 2017 - Education - 214 pages

Universities continue to expand, bringing considerable debate about their purposes and relationship to the world. In The Ecological University, Ronald Barnett argues that universities are short of their potential and responsibilities in an ever-changing and challenging environment.

This book centres on the idea that the expansion of higher education has opened new spaces and possibilities. The university is interconnected with a number of ecosystems: knowledge, social institutions, persons, the economy, learning, culture and the natural environment. These seven ecosystems of the university are all fragile and in order to advance and develop them universities need to engage with each one.

By looking at matters such as the challenges of learning, professional life and research and inquiry, this book outlines just what it could mean for higher education institutions to understand and realize themselves as exemplars of the ecological university. With bold and original insights and practical principles for development, this radical and transformative book is essential reading for university leaders and administrators, academics, students, and all interested in the future of the university.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Engaging the world
an audit
A university for the whole Earth
Subject index
Name index

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2017)

Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London Institute of Education, UK. He has spent a lifetime in advancing a philosophy of higher education, and The Ecological University: A Feasible Utopia represents the culmination of that project.

Bibliographic information