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Creative Universities

Reimagining Education

for Global Challenges

and Alternative Futures 


Bristol University Press


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Keri Facer

Professor of Educational and Social Futures, University of Bristol

This thoughtful, critical and creative book opens up a wealth of directions for reimagining universities. It is a cornucopia of ideas for designing a new educational practice adequate for a world facing profound environmental, economic and social disruption.


Craig Hammond

Liverpool John Moores University

Schwittay argues for the creation of alternative educational and social futures through the design of new learning environments; the development of student curiosity, introspection and imagination; prototyping activities and the taking of creative risks. This is a timely, important and optimistic book – a conceptual and practical antidote to the challenges of our times.


Ronald Barnett

University of London

This book is written with a passion for the students and their learning and a passion for higher education that exhibits hope for a different world. It is a book that is full of life and that will surely enliven most of its readers.


David Hayes

Blackpool and Fyde College

This powerful, bold, vivid and engaging account is an antidote to the challenges of our times and offers a critical-creative-imaginative manifesto for alternative educational and social futures... A spirit of mutual aid, benevolence and social cooperation pervades Schwittay's militantly optimistic and pragmatic book.

Book Summary

The first chapter begins with my personal teaching journey and a description of the research process, then lays out the book’s key concepts of creativity, imagination, hope and alternatives to present my core arguments. It concludes with proposing a ‘generative theory’ that opens up pedagogical spaces of possibilities.

Book Reviews

LSE Review of Books

July 2022

Dr. David Hayes



July 2022

Dr. Anne-Marie Smith

LSE Review of Books

July 2022

Dr. David Hayes

Adult Education Quarterly

June  2023

Dr.Ann Hill et al.

Journal of the European Honors Council

June 2023

Dr. Maria Garcia Alvarez



July 2022

Dr. Anne-Marie Smith

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