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My research specialization is higher education as a political and politicised space. Drawing on my experience as an educational developer and a quantitative learning researcher, I approach universities as enacting and as shaping politics and policy through their practices.

My research focusses on three overlapping areas:

  • The digital transformation of higher education,
  • The future of social sciences and humanities,
  • Policy and organization of Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

My research combines practice theory, activity theory, Scandinavian New Institutionalism, and post-structural and neo-material epistemologies in order to understand higher education as an arena and part of broader societal phenomena. Methodologically, I am rooted in the empirical and mixed methods paradigm with expanding interests in discursive and socio-material practices.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Organizational Learning and Development, Certificate, Institut Denkmodell

Apr 2018Jan 2020

Award Date: 26 Jan 2020

Organisational Psychology, Dr., Deans in German Universities - Task Acceptance and Goal Commitment, TU Dortmund University

Oct 2005Dec 2008

Award Date: 9 Apr 2009

Psychology, Organisational and Clinical, Dipl. Psych., Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen


Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

External positions

External lecturer on Higher Education Management and Leadership, Universität Oldenburg, Centre for Lifelong Learning

Jun 2022 → …


  • Education
  • Higher Education
  • Policy analysis
  • Organizational development
  • Institutional change
  • Poststructuralist Theory
  • Management and Organization
  • Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Variation
  • Reflection


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