Opening up the Pandora's box of sustainability league tables of universities: a Kafkaesque perspective

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Authors: Jones, D.R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/25182/

Journal: Studies in Higher Education

eISSN: 1470-174X

ISSN: 0307-5079

DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1052737

© 2015 Society for Research into Higher EducationThe aim of this paper is to explore the institutional impact of sustainability league tables on current university agendas. It focuses on a narrative critique of one such league table, the UK's ‘Green League Table', compiled and reported by the student campaigning NGO, ‘People & Planet’ annually between 2007 and 2013. Through a Kafkaesque perspective, this paper offers the proposition that such league tables could be acting as an institutional hegemonic mechanism for social legitimacy, through the desire by universities to show that environmental issues are effectively under control. Espoused eco-narratives of the ‘carbon targets imperative’ and ‘engagement' can serve as a form of deception, by merely embracing the narrative as a rhetorical device. Moreover, they can serve the exclusive, particularistic self-interests of a growing legion of ‘carbon managers’, ‘sustainability managers’ and ‘environmental managers' in satisfying the neo-liberal institutional drive from their vice chancellors.

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Authors: Jones, D.R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/25182/

Journal: Studies in Higher Education

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Pages: 480-503

eISSN: 1470-174X

ISSN: 0307-5079

DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1052737

© 2015 Society for Research into Higher Education. The aim of this paper is to explore the institutional impact of sustainability league tables on current university agendas. It focuses on a narrative critique of one such league table, the UK's ‘Green League Table', compiled and reported by the student campaigning NGO, ‘People & Planet’ annually between 2007 and 2013. Through a Kafkaesque perspective, this paper offers the proposition that such league tables could be acting as an institutional hegemonic mechanism for social legitimacy, through the desire by universities to show that environmental issues are effectively under control. Espoused eco-narratives of the ‘carbon targets imperative’ and ‘engagement' can serve as a form of deception, by merely embracing the narrative as a rhetorical device. Moreover, they can serve the exclusive, particularistic self-interests of a growing legion of ‘carbon managers’, ‘sustainability managers’ and ‘environmental managers' in satisfying the neo-liberal institutional drive from their vice chancellors.

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Authors: Jones, D.R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/25182/

Journal: STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Pages: 480-503

eISSN: 1470-174X

ISSN: 0307-5079

DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1052737

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