Unpacking Mundaneness : A novel conceptual framework for universities and regional engagement
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Original versionPinheiro, R., Berg, L. N., Iakovleva, T., Thomas, E., & Benneworth, P. (2022). Unpacking mundaneness: A novel conceptual framework for universities and regional engagement. In T. Iakovleva, E. Thomas, L. N. Berg, R. Pinheiro, & P. Benneworth (Eds.), Universities and regional engagement: From the exceptional to the everyday (pp. 11–25). Routledge. 10.4324/9781003150299-2
In this chapter, we debate the current view on university-regional engagements and suggest a renewed theoretical framework based on four main elements – macro, meso, micro dimensions, as well as a meta-dimension of temporality that cuts across all levels. The macro environment is typically defined as pertaining to public policies, culture, laws, and economy, while the meso environment includes links between the macro (societal) forces and the micro (agents) level through intermediate institutions and structures and is characterized by the processes and mechanisms of interaction of different actors. The micro level is about agency – organizations or individuals/groups within organizations – and agents’ intentions and behaviours. Finally, the interactions between actors and their macro and meso environments occur throughout a timeline and are subject to temporality and “loop” effects.