Invitation to contribute to the Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance

We have proposed Palgrave Macmillan to edit a Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance. The publisher has accepted our proposal and we are now soliciting contributions. We are inviting you (either as a single author or with colleagues) to consider to contribute a chapter to this handbook and/or to forward this message to anyone you think could deliver a useful contribution to the handbook.


The outline (click HERE) will give you a good idea of what we envisage, but please understand that the contents is not cast in stone yet: we are willing to consider proposals for chapters that somewhat deviate from what we propose. That said, contributions should follow the guidance we offer to ensure that the contributions are fit-for-purpose for the type of publication: a handbook with state-of-the-art reviews (see particularly the introduction and the top of page 2 of the outline).  


Proposals for chapters (one- to maximum two-page outlines) should be sent in by 1 July 2014 to Jeroen Huisman ( This is a crucial stage of the process: please be as clear as possible on the topic, objective, approach and key literature of the chapter you would like to offer. Please also explain briefly why you would be the appropriate person to write this chapter (in terms of expertise and/or experience). The editors will discuss the submissions and invite a selection to elaborate on their outline (July 2014). The proposers will also receive feedback from the editors. By November 2014 we would need draft chapters, that will be reviewed by editors and/or reviewers. In January 2015, contributions should be finalized and in March we will send off the finalized manuscripts to the publisher. The book will appear in the latter half of 2015.


Do not hesitate to contact one of the editors if you have any questions!



The editorial team


Jeroen Huisman (Ghent University, Belgium,

Harry de Boer (University of Twente, the Netherlands,

David Dill (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA,

Manuel Souto-Otero (University of Bath, UK,