Janja Komljenovic

Janja Komljenovic
Lancaster University | LU

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Higher education markets, digital economy, political economy of EdTech.
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - present
Lancaster University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/educational-research/about-us/people/janja-komljenovic
October 2016 - September 2017
Lancaster University
Position
  • Research Associate
September 2013 - September 2016
University of Bristol
Position
  • Marie Currie Research Fellow
Description
  • http://unike.au.dk
Education
September 2013 - September 2016
University of Bristol
Field of study
October 2001 - September 2006
University of Ljubljana
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (32)
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Critical scholarship has already shown how automation processes may be problematic, for example, by reproducing social inequalities instead of removing them or requiring intense labour from education institutions’ staff instead of easing the workload. Despite these critiques, automated interventions in education are expanding fast and often with li...
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Education technology (EdTech) investors are relatively inconspicuous in the education landscape, but deserve attention because they are power brokers in the EdTech economy, with their investment decisions ultimately determining what products and services are funded into existence or not. EdTech investors are not only financial actors; they are also...
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This chapter focuses on the agents of competition and cooperation in global higher education. More specifically, it tackles international student mobility and foregrounds the changing nature of competition between individuals, universities, and countries. It engages with Pavel Zgaga’s seminal work on the role of universities in society, the nature...
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Educational technology is the focus of increasing financial investment. In this article, we examine how edtech investors imagine and invest in the future of higher education through an empirical case study of a UK investing company. Utilising concepts and methods from economic sociology, we analyse how investment companies engage in techno-financia...
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Universities around the world are increasingly digitalising all of their operations, with the current COVID-19 pandemic speeding up otherwise steady developments. This article focuses on the political economy of higher education (HE) digitalisation and suggests a new research programme. I foreground three principal arguments, which are empirically,...
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The education sector is fast digitalising all of its operations. 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 article aims to introduce a theoretical focus of rentiership and assetization into the study of the political economy of...
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This paper focuses on how universities are increasingly made responsible for the employment of their students . Drawing on Governmentality Studies, we suggest framing this pressure as an employability dispositif. We join critical studies which link the employability imperative to a neo-liberal transformation of the higher education landscape. Howev...
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Changing Higher Education for a Changing World draws on the outcomes of the cutting-edge research programmes of the UK-based Centre for Global Higher Education, the world’s largest social science research centre focused on higher education and its future. In countries with incomes at European levels, the majority of all families now have connection...
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This article examines the growth of the higher education industry and specifically the expansion of private companies in the higher education sector. The higher education industry consists of diverse, multiple and variegated markets. Much of the literature concentrates on markets in which universities are increasingly sellers of products and servic...
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Students, academics and university administrators are increasingly using and producing digital platforms, including social media. This paper focuses on LinkedIn to start tackling the question of the effects on higher education as a sector, its actors and the established social practices. It argues that LinkedIn moves beyond the passivity of adverti...
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This paper focuses on market-making in the higher education sector and particularly on the role of the market ordering processes. The entry point to examine relations between market ordering and market-making is a private company called ICEF GmbH from Germany. ICEF is engaged in selling particular kinds of education services, delivered by orchestra...
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This paper examines the growth of global non-state and multilateral actors in the ‘global south’ and the creation of frontier markets in the higher education sector. These developments are part of market-making changes in higher education as the sector is opened to new actors, logics, and innovative services, aimed at ‘the global south’. Yet making...
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This paper examines what to some is a well-worked furrow; the processes and outcomes involved in what is typically referred to as ‘marketization’ in the higher education sector. We do this through a case study of Newton University, where we reveal a rapid proliferation of market exchanges involving the administrative division of the university with...
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W niniejszym artykule przedstawiamy wyniki badania tego, co wiele osob uznalo za dobrze juz opracowaną nisze, a mianowicie procesow i rezultatow czegoś, co najcześciej określa sie mianem ‘urynkowienia’ sektora szkolnictwa wyzszego. Podejmujemy te kwestie w oparciu o przygotowane przez nas studium przypadku Newton University, w kontekście ktorego od...
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Post-socialist Europe followed the considerable expansion of higher education, as witnessed in most of the Western European countries in past decades, with a similar dynamic, but with a considerable delay. It is only recently reaching the steepest parts of the upwards sloping curve in countries of the Western Balkans. This part of Europe is a post-...
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The dynamics of higher education in the region of the Western Balkans with a population of almost 25 million unfortunately still remains on the margins of contemporary higher education studies. The regional higher education has never been the subject of systemic research; there is both a lack of data and a lack of prior studies. In addition, this a...
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The paper focuses on the role of EU institutions in European higher education. Following the outset of the EU Lisbon Strategy (2000), the EU Commission positioned itself as an influential venue for generating, coordinating and communicating discourse on higher education (within the Bologna Process and beyond). Gradually, the scattered ideas converg...
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The article analyzes the last two decades of higher education reforms in Slovenia. During the "period of transition," they were led by national as well as international initiatives. At an early stage, the national initiatives were mainly based on criticisms of the last reform made by the former regime, although the generation of new ideas and propo...
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The contemporary economic imaginary of the ‘knowledge-based economy’ is changing the perception of higher education in Europe. The goals of higher education are changing and reform of institutions is predicted. The present article examines these reforms and conceptualisations of higher education by presenting the results of discourse analysis of 47...
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Initial teacher education in Slovenia is today performed at three public universities following the same general trends and challenges seen in other segments of higher education. Internal quality assurance forms part of university self-evaluation activities organized in annual cycles, while external quality assurance is part of a national system ba...
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While diversity of higher education institutions is in principle almost unanimously viewed as a favorable condition, the mechanisms to achieve it are the source for much contention. Positive financial incentives ("carrots") are proving to be more politically palatable, and hence easier to implement, than negative financial measures ("sticks"). The...

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Projects (4)
Archived project
The main project (2010–2013) theme was internationalisation in higher education (HE). The aim was to examine the effects of Europe-wide and larger international developments on the structures of and processes in HE. The work was concentrated into analysing policy implementation and policy impact of European level and global developments (in particular convergence vs. diversity) as well as international mobility (in particular differentiation aspects and policy impact). In recent years, several HE policy discourses have been visible and diverse interpretations of the “concerted” European HE policy have appeared. When the Bologna Process reached its target (at least formally) in 2010, it was possible to set up a hypothesis that European HE systems are more convergent now – but European HE is also more diverse. This hypothesis was checked through literature review, including literature on policy implementation and policy impact, existing Bologna datasets and other data and interviews with strategic players. In addition, within the DEP project a field research was carried out in the Western Balkans region; original data was gathered from 8 countries and interviews were conducted at 16 universities. The focus was predominantly given to: (1) identifying organising ideas which lie behind particular policy discourses and examining their logic in a historical perspective of the last decade and as reflected in a dichotomy convergence vs. diversity; (2) comparing and understanding the main trends in reforms and systemic changes in individual national systems which have been predominantly influenced by the Europeanisation processes; (3) examining the process of implementation of the Bologna “action lines” across Europe (with a special focus on the Western Balkans) and understand their effects with regard to new forms of vertical differentiation; (4) examining the impact of the emerging European Higher Education Area to other parts of the world and understanding its feedback and policy implications of the discussion on higher education and social change; (5) identifying the impact of internationalisation and Europeanisation processes on altering national patterns of differentiation, equity and productivity regarding higher education graduates and their mobility.
Archived project
UNIKE is a four-year collaborative research project investigating the dynamic relationships between universities and knowledge economies in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific Rim. The project is funded by the European Commission and the actual research is conducted by 12 doctoral fellows and three post-doctoral fellows at six different universities: Aarhus University, ENS Lyon, Ljubljana University, Roehampton University, the University of Bristol, and Porto University. UNIKE is an EU-funded project under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.