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Aligned with the conference theme, we are interested in empirical and conceptual papers that reflect on the impact of assetizing knowledge but are equally interested in the kinds of expertise produced through and along assetization processes.
Diverse forms of knowledge, including technoscientific knowledge, can be and have been assetised via patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial secrets, brands, or tacit knowledge. The privatisation of public knowledge is not new. Universities, key knowledge-producing institutions, have been encouraged to commercialise knowledge since the 1980s, as are other organisations including corporations, consultancies, or start-ups. These global, regional, and national policy shifts have happened in the context of the global economy becoming increasingly rentier and affected by the rise of intangible over tangible assets. After decades of policy and practice change of turning knowledge, its outputs and various knowledge artefacts into assets, it is urgent we examine assetization processes and their various impacts (Birch & Muniesa, 2020). Possible analytical and empirical avenues and questions to explore include:
- Assetization of research processes and outputs: how are global intellectual monopolies built and maintained by assetizing knowledge;
- Assetization of teaching and learning processes: what assets are involved in the teaching process and who controls them;
- Assetization of skills: how can skills be assetized and by whom (individuals, institutions) and under what conditions.
Relatedly, it is important to undestand what kind of knowledge is produced through assetization processes:
- The emergence of new form of knowledge about the economy, companies or business sectors through assetization operations;
- The development of know-how and dedicated staff within public and private institutions to produce assets;
- Indicators, models, expertise and approaches to motivate and justify investment choices.
Aligned with the conference theme, we are interested in papers that reflect on the impact of assetizing knowledge but are equally interested in the kinds of expertise produced through and along assetization processes. The impact may include the potential challenges or benefits of assetizing knowledge for social transformation, mitigating climate change, improving food security, tackling inequities, and so on.