Professor Paul Trowler

Professor

Research Overview

I am probably best known for my work on Academic Tribes and Territories. However, my interests range across many areas of higher education, both substantive and methodological. These are detailed below. I am a policy sociologist, and apply that analytical lens across domains of research and evaluation which broadly concern policy production and enactment in different higher education contexts. I work with an eye to making a difference: 'enhancement' is a watchword that guides my work. I have advised institutional leaders, higher education organizations and change agents in higher education around the world for many years.

Enhancing Change Processes in Higher Education: What can the ubiquity of PowerPoint tell us about the value of the social practice theory of change?
Invited talk

Ten Key Components of Doctoral Research - Workshop
Invited talk

Centres of Excellence and the Dynamics of Change Processes in Higher Education
Invited talk

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (Ireland) (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Do Academic Tribes and their Territories Still Matter? Keele University, October 2015.
Invited talk

Building Engagement for Enhancement Initiatives, Sheffield Hallam University, June 29, 2015.
Invited talk

Enhancing Learning and Teaching in England: What should the HE funding council do?
Invited talk

Researching Academic Disciplines
Invited talk

Higher Education Close Up 7 Conference
Participation in conference

Keynote speech "Differing takes on ‘student engagement’ – affinities, dispositions and implementation issues"
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

50 Years on from Robbins: the emerging centrality of student engagement and partnership.
Participation in conference

Academic Tribes and Territories Reconsidered
Invited talk

University of Graz Spring School Conference
Participation in conference

Blackpool and the Fylde College University Centre Inaugural Learning and Teaching Conference
Participation in conference

Keynote Speech - Raising Aspirations in a Time of Change
Invited talk

Ethnographies of Higher Education
Participation in conference

Sheffield Hallam Faculty Forum
Participation in conference

Higher Education Close Up 6
Participation in conference

Liverpool John Moores University Learning and Teaching Conference
Participation in conference

University College Blackburn Staff Conference
Participation in conference

QAA Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Oxford University Talk on academic tribes and territories
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

European Foundation for Management Develepment Conference
Participation in conference

Educational development colloquium Gothenburg University
Participation in conference

MasterClass University of Queensland
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Masterclass to Griffith University on Researching Higher Education
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Gold Coast Educational Development Conference
Participation in conference

Keynote to Higher Education Research and Development Association (HERDSA) Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Masterclasses to the University of the Sunshine Coast
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Mobility, Language, Literacy Symposium, Cape Town
Participation in conference

Dynamic Content and Language Collaboration in Higher Education: theory, research and reflections
Participation in conference

NUS/HEA conferences Student Engagement: Evidence and Practice
Participation in conference

NUS/HEA conferences Student Engagement: Evidence and Practice
Participation in conference

Higher Education Close Up 5 Conference.
Participation in conference

Tomorrow's Sustainable Universities Conference.
Participation in conference

The Higher Council of Education (Consejo Superior de Educación, CSE) and the National Commission for Accreditation (Comisión Nacional de Acreditación, CNA), XIII Annual International Conference. Santiago, Chile. October 21-22, 2009.
Participation in conference

European Symposium on Evaluative Practices
Participation in conference

The Re-Organization of Higher Education in Europe.
Participation in conference

University of Galway Symposium on The Teaching-Research Nexus
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

London Institute of Education Centre for Higher Education Studies Seminar Series
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Carrick Fellowship Symposium
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Central Lancashire Conference Academic Identities in Crisis?
Participation in conference

Nottingham University Institute for Research into Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference
Participation in conference

Chester University's annual staff conference
Participation in conference

Invited series of talks to staff at the University of Oslo
Invited talk

  • Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
  • Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education