Social Responsibility and Higher Education: A Call for Chapter Proposals


The UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education is editing a book with a working title of Social Responsibility and Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy. The book is being prepared as a contribution to the 2021 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education.

We have attached notes which elaborate our thinking to date and may provide ideas about contributions that you wish to consider. The book will be published as an open access publication with an option to print hard copies as desired.

Global and Gender balance

Our goal is to have a balance of authors coming from those parts of the world where the majority of people live. We are also seeking a gender balance amongst the contributions. We hope to have chapters from emerging scholars and thinkers from academia, civil society, research funding bodies and elsewhere.

Content suggestions

The Public Good and the Audit Culture
The Arts and transformative pedagogy
Social Infrastructure and Higher Education
Decolonisation of higher education
Indigenous Perspectives and higher education
Institutionalising community based participatory research
Turning the Tables-Critical Perspectives on Rankings
Community University Engagement: The Challenges Ahead
Mother Tongue teaching and Higher Education
Community Student Learning
Feminist Revisioning of Higher Education
Alternative higher education institutions
Regional perspectives: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Arabic-speaking states, Caribbean, US and Canada
Co-constructing knowledge with civil society organisations and social movements
But make your own suggestions if you have a theme/issue that you feel should be included

Submission Process

Please submit a 350-500 word (including references) synopsis/proposal of your chapter by October 31, 2019 to Sumitra Srinavasan at  You will be informed if your proposal is accepted by January 2020. You will be required to submit an electronic copy of your full chapter (approximately 5-6000 words) to Sumitra by May 31, 2020. Publication date of December 2020/January 2021.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government