1st Edition

Epistemic Injustice Governing Research Practice Within Academic Knowledge Production

Edited By Rebecca W. B. Lund, Jill Blackmore, Julie Rowlands Copyright 2025
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book illustrates how feminist and postcolonial knowledges are marginalised in universities due to policies, organisational structures and knowledge hierarchies that privilege metrics as measures of success and narrow views of science and research.

    The changing relationship between the state and knowledge production is a critical issue for universities and governments when disinformation is creating a crisis in expertise and trust in democratic institutions. Yet academic autonomy is being undermined by processes of corporatization of the university: managerialism, marketisation, technologisation and privatisation. Epistemic injustice occurs when particular knowledges are privileged due to policy priorities, metrics and organisational practices as these are underpinned by unequal power relations that inform who does what research and with whom. In turn, injustice occurs when knowledge is evaluated primarily on the basis of its usefulness. The chapters in this book illustrate the epistemic implications of changing institutional and organizational conditions produced by narrow conceptions of ‘knowledge’ and ‘good science’ and relations between them. It explores these arrangements at the level of colonial and geopolitical relations, and their effects in terms of institutional processes, practices, and agency. The text shows how a lack of epistemic diversity reinforces structural and cultural racial and gender injustices arising from colonialism, patriarchy, and dominant views of science.

    This volume will appeal to policy makers and researchers in higher education reform and scholars interested in changing academic practices from feminist and postcolonial perspectives. It was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies in Education.

    Epistemic governance of diverse research practices and knowledge production: an

    introduction

    Rebecca Lund, Jill Blackmore and Julie Rowlands


    1. Academic citizenship, collegiality and good university governance: a dedication

    to Associate Professor Julie Rowlands (1964–2021)

    Jill Blackmore and Rebecca Lund


    2. Epistemic governance and the colonial epistemic structure: towards epistemic

    humility and transformed South-North relations

    Melanie Walker and Carmen Martinez-Vargas


    3. The role of bibliometric research assessment in a global order of epistemic

    injustice: a case study of humanities research in Denmark

    Julie Rowlands and Susan Wright


    4. The implicit epistemology of metric governance. New conceptions of motivational

    tensions in the corporate university

    Helene Aarseth


    5. Building anti-racist education through spaces of border thinking

    Joel Austin Windle and Érica Fonseca Afonso


    6. Governing knowledge in the entrepreneurial university: a feminist account of structural,

    cultural and political epistemic injustice

    Jill Blackmore


    7. Power, knowledge, and universities: Turkey’s dismissed ‘academics for peace’

    Serhat Tutkal

    Biography

    Rebecca Lund, PhD, is Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo. Her research draws on and develops feminist epistemology, critical social theory and methodology to explore how social relations of academic work is shaped by higher education policy, governance and organizational change. She has published in journals such as Gender, Work and Organization, Gender and Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education and Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society.

    Jill Blackmore, AM PhD FASSA, is Deakin Distinguished Professor in Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. She undertakes research from a feminist perspective of education policy and governance; international and intercultural education; leadership and organisational change; and teachers' and academics’ work, health and wellbeing.  Relevant publications include Disrupting Leadership in the Entrepreneurial University: Disengagement and Diversity (2023).

    Julie Rowlands, PhD was Associate Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, and former head of governance, both at Deakin University. Her research focused on university governance through the critical perspectives of feminist theory, policy sociology, and Bourdieu in particular. She published widely on the changing nature of university governance in Australia, the UK and USA and its effects on academic practices.  Julie was associate editor of Critical Studies in Education from 2015 to 2021.