SIHEG - Student Impact on Higher Education Globally research project is conducted by Manja Klemenčič in partnership with researchers from the Global Student Forum (https://www.globalstudentforum.org/). The Global Student Forum is a joint initiative of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU), Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA), European Students Union (ESU) and Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) and the Latin-American Student Organisation (OCLAE) and national organisations and movements which together cover 196 Unions from 119 countries.
The SIHEG project commenced in May 2021 and is expected to conclude data collection by November 2021 and draft publications by January 2022.
This research project examines student agency in higher education, maps existing opportunities for students to influence higher education and societies more broadly and investigates student perceptions of impact. Student impact on higher education is conceptualized as students affecting changes in higher education policies and practices and society more broadly. The guiding research questions for this research project are twofold: (1) How students enact agency in higher education (and society at large)? (2) How student organizing, student representation and student politics compare across institutions and countries worldwide? The objective of the research project is to advance the understanding of student agency in higher education and the impact students have on higher education and their societies. The research project is the first large-scale international collaborative research on student agency and impact on higher education globally.
The researchers are collaborating in writing a volume with regional sections on Africa, Asia and Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America. In addition to chapters on regional student federations and the Global Student Forum, the volume will include chapters on national case studies of student organizing, student representation and student politics in a selection of countries. All researchers involved in this project will participate in a workshop on research methods and an international collaborative writing retreat.
Members of the core research group include (in alphabetical order):
Sebastian Berger, Executive Director of Global Student Forum (GSF) (Support Lead overall volume)
Bianca Borges dos Santos, Member of the Executive Secretariat of the Organización Continental Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Estudiantes (OCLAE) and Member of the GSF Steering Group (Co-Lead Latin America section)
Martina Darmanian, President of the European Students' Union (ESU) (Co-Lead Europe section)
Jakub Grodecki, Vice-President of the European Students' Union (Co-Lead Europe Section)
Martin Hammerbauer, Executive Committee Member, ESU (Co-Lead Europe Section)
Dr. Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University (PI, Support Lead overall volume)
Peter Kwasi Kodjie, Secretary General of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU) (Co-lead Africa section)
Giuseppe Lipari, Member of the GSF Steering Group (Support Lead Europe section)
Folabit Lena Novel, Member of the GSF Steering Group (Support Lead Africa section)
Everton Rattray (Co-Lead Caribbean section)
Dr. Musarrat Maisha Reza, University of Exeter, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA) (Lead Asia section; Support Lead Caribbean section)
Carmen Romero, Member of the GSF Steering Group (Support Lead Latin America section)
Amilcar Sanatan, Member of the GSF Steering Group (Support Lead overall volume)
Ankit Tripathi, Member of the GSF Steering Group (Lead Canada section)
Matteo Vespa, Executive Committee Member, ESU (Co-Lead Europe Section)
Christina Williams (Co-Lead Caribbean section)
Contributing researchers (in alphabetical order) (tbd):
Sebastian Berger, Bianca Borges dos Santos, Giuseppe Lipari, Folabit Lena Novel, Carmen Romero, Amilcar Sanatan, Ankit Tripathi (tbd) (Global Student Forum)
Bianca Borges dos Santos and tbd (Organización Continental Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Estudiantes)
Martina Darmanian, Jakub Grodecki, Martin Hammerbauer, Mateo Vespa (European Students' Union)
Peter Kwasi Kodjie and tbd (All-Africa Students' Union)
Dr. Musarrat Maisha Reza (Commonwealth Students’ Association)
Everton Rattray and Christina Williams (Caribbean Students' Union)
Folabit Lena Novel (Cameroon)
Ankit Tripathi (Canada)