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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Stephen
dc.identifier.citationThompson, S. (2021) The Need and Desire for Inclusive Universities: A Perspective from Development Studies, Social Inclusion Vol. 9, Iss. 3, pp. 27-31, Lisbon: Cogitatio Press, DOI: 10.17645/si.v9i3.4096en
dc.descriptionThe drive towards making universities inclusive has received much attention in recent years. Decolonising curricula and making the recruitment of staff and students fairer are two emerging themes related to inclusion for higher education. The need to decolonize curricula is framed by the ambition to overcome power and take back control of the knowledge that is taught and produced at universities. It is not so much about isolating formally disempowered people and places, but rather it is about reframing knowledge in terms of what is relevant (Katundu, 2019).en
dc.description.abstractIn recent times there has been sustained momentum to address inequalities within university faculties and improve the diversity of students. Also, in response to historical and current social injustices, universities have sought to decolonize curricula. These progressive movements have had particular significance for departments focused on development studies and related subjects because the need to be inclusive is not only the right thing to do from a moral position, but also because to be exclusive is fundamentally challenging to the conceptualization and philosophy of the discipline. Development is a contested term but addressing inequality and working towards social justice are common themes found across most definitions. This commentary provides a critical insight into the importance of inclusive universities as gate‐keepers to equitable knowledge production and the development of future professionals. To play their part in addressing the challenges posed by a globalized world, universities need to be proactive in ensuring that they become fully and meaningfully inclusive. While all university departments would benefit from becoming more inclusive, departments focused on development must be the pioneers leading the way, as inclusivity is relevant to the delivery of development studies, as well as emerging as an important discourse within the discipline that continues to evolve. This commentary will explore how and why in an increasingly interconnected global society, the need for universities to leave no one behind, and challenge hegemonic and unequal structures has never been greater.en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSocial Inclusion;Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 27–31
dc.subjectDevelopment Policyen
dc.titleThe Need and Desire for Inclusive Universities: A Perspective from Development Studiesen
dc.rights.holder© 2021 by the author; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This commentary is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY).en
dc.identifier.teamParticipation Power and Social Changeen
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