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9 June 2021 - 9 June 2021

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Online seminar using Zoom

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

Emerging digital rentiership in higher education: digital platforms, digital data and rents

Dr Janja Komljenovic, Lecturer of Higher Education, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation (CHERE@LU), Director of the Doctoral Programme in Educational Research – Higher Education, Lancaster University

This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom. Contact for details about how to take part.

Universities worldwide are increasingly digitalising all of their operations, with the current COVID-19 pandemic speeding up otherwise steady developments. A large part is driven by proprietary digital products and services developed and offered by for-profit companies that form the education technology industry. This industry is placed in the digital economy more broadly that works in line with financial strategies of turning things into assets instead of entrepreneurial strategies based on commodity production. In this talk, I will employ rentiership and assetization to discuss five potential transformations that the higher education sector is undergoing as a consequence of the digital rentiership dynamic. These transformation address new rentee and potential rentier roles of education institutions, nestedness of digital platforms and their terms of use, a rise of contractual governance within the higher education sector, re-institutionalising the sector, and tensions between competition and monopoly in digital education markets.



Janja Komljenovic is a Lecturer of Higher Education at Lancaster University. She is a Management Committee member of the Global Centre for Higher Education (CGHE) and a co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation (CHERE@LU). Her research focuses on the political economy of higher education and higher education markets. Komljenovic is especially interested in the relation between the digital economy and the higher education sector; and in digitalisation, datafication and platformization of universities. She leads the ESRC-funded research project “Universities and Unicorns: building digital assets in the higher education industry”, which investigates new forms of value construction in digital higher education and employs a theoretical lens of rentiership and assetization. Komljenovic is published internationally on higher education policy, markets and education technology.


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