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Theory and Method in Higher Education Research

Deadline 01.12.20

Eight volumes of this annual series have now been published by Emerald since 2013 (the

first two as part of another series, International Perspectives on Higher Education Research).

We are now seeking contributions for the next volume (to be published in 2021) and beyond.


Rationale: The higher education research community is growing in size and influence. Much

research is, however, in the form of critique of policy trends or evaluation of the effectiveness

of changes in practice. This series aims to make a substantive contribution to the

development of higher education research by focusing attention on issues of theory and



Theory may refer to specific theories developed within higher education research – e.g.

academic literacies, modes of knowledge, threshold concepts – or to those applied from

particular disciplinary perspectives (e.g. biological sciences, economics, management,

political science, psychology, sociology). Method may include the broad range typically

applied within educational and social research – e.g. documentary analyses, interviews,

multivariate analyses, network analysis, observation, secondary data analysis – as well as

more specialised approaches (e.g. conceptual analysis, ethnography, phenomenography).


While contributions may be set within the context of particular research projects, their focus

should be on critically discussing aspects of the theory and/or method being applied or

developed. Critical reviews of the current and/or potential use of particular theoretical or

methodological frameworks to higher education research are also welcomed.


Editors: Professor Jeroen Huisman (Ghent University, Belgium) and Professor Malcolm

Tight (Lancaster University, UK).


Deadlines: Expressions of interest in contributing a chapter should be emailed to both editors

(; If you would like to be considered for

the 2021 volume, please send a one-page outline of your proposed contribution by December

1st 2020. The editors will decide which proposals to proceed with by the end of December

2019. Draft chapters of 6-8,000 words must be submitted for review by mid-February 2021

(we may ask those submitting chapters to review one other submission). Feedback will be

provided by the end of February, with final versions of chapters to be submitted by April 1st 2021.

If you would like to be considered for a subsequent TMHER volume, please send a one page outline of your proposal by mid-February 2021.

Potential authors are welcome to make initial queries to either editor, but please ensure that

you send your proposals to both.

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