Joanna Williams

Academic Publications

Single authored books

2016 Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, Confronting the Fear of Knowledge. Palgrave Macmillan: London.

2012 Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Can’t Be Bought, Bloomsbury: London.


Edited volume

2016 with Cheryl Hudson, Why Academic Freedom Matters, Civitas: London 


Journal articles

2014 ‘A Critical Exploration of Changing Definitions of Public Good in Relation to Higher Education’, Studies in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.942270.

2014 With Naidoo, R. ‘Students as Consumers: The Commodification of Learning and the Transformation of Higher Education into a Private Good’, Peking University Education Review (1) pp. 36 – 52.

2014 With Naidoo, R. ‘The neoliberal regime in higher education: charters, consumers and the erosion of the public good’ in Critical Studies in Education.

2012 ‘Where’s the learning in lifelong participation?’, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 36 (1).

2011 ‘Raising Expectations or Constructing Victims?  Problems with promoting social inclusion through lifelong learning’, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 30 (4).

2008 ‘Constructing social inclusion through further education – the dangers of instrumentalism’,  Journal of Further and Higher Education, 32(2) pp. 151-160

2005 ‘Skill as metaphor: an analysis of terminology used in Success for All and 21st Century Skills’ in Journal of Further and Higher Education, 29 (2) pp. 181-190.



2015 ‘Review symposium: Benign violence: education in and beyond the Age of Reason’ in British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (7) pp. 1091-1107.

2011 ‘A Review of the Higher Education Close Up 5 Conference’ in Teaching in Higher Education, 16 (3). pp. 353-363.



2016 with David Roberts, Academic Integrity: Exploring tensions between perception and practice in the contemporary university.

2015 with George Mindano, The Role of Student Satisfaction Data in Quality Assurance and Enhancement: How Providers Use Data to Improve the Student Experience.


Book chapters

2016 ‘Why Academic Freedom Matters’ in C. Hudson and J. Williams (eds) Why Academic Freedom Matters, Civitas: London.

2016  ‘Teaching Students to Censor: How academics betrayed free speech’ in T. Slater (ed.) Unsafe Space – The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus. Palgrave Macmillan: London.

2015 ‘Contractualising the student experience through university charters’ in J. Fanghanel (ed.) Dimensions of Marketisation in Higher Education, Routledge: London.

2015 ‘Free to Pursue an Academic Education’ in The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools, Civitas: London.

2014 ‘Defending Knowledge as the Public Good of Higher Education’ in G. Goastellec and F. Picard (eds.) Higher Education in Societies A Multi-Scale Perspective, Sense Publishers.

2010 ‘Constructing Consumption: Deconstructing Subjectivity?’ in M. Molesworth, J. Nixon, J. and Scullion, E. (eds.) The Marketisation of UK Higher Education and the Student as Consumer, Routledge: London.

2007 ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Lecturing’ in A Lecturer’s Guide to Further Education, D. Hayes, T. Marshall and A. Turner (eds.) Open University Press.

2004 ‘Afraid to Teach?’ in D. Hayes, (ed.) The RoutledgeFalmer Guide to Key Debates in Education, RoutledgeFalmer.