Call for application

International PhD workshop: European higher education in times of uncertainty

The Hertie School invites PhD researchers to participate in a workshop on European higher education in times of uncertainty. The virtual workshop is organised in cooperation with the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences.

From geopolitical tensions, including Brexit, to attacks on academic freedom, as well as an unprecedented disruption to university learning and research through COVID-19, European higher education is currently facing a plethora of challenges. How have European universities responded to this period of uncertainty? What policies have been developed at national and supranational levels of governance in light of political and social developments? This PhD workshop provides an interdisciplinary platform for emerging scholars to share and discuss their research with peers and senior academics.

The aim of the workshop is for PhD researchers to present their work in an encouraging environment. We welcome submissions of different theoretical and methodological approaches across social science disciplines.

Abstracts of papers

Abstracts of papers focusing on – but not limited to – the following topics are welcome:

  • Contemporary challenges in the field of higher education such as those posed by Europeanization, Brexit, social inequality, migration, digitalization, privatization, globalization or COVID-19.
  • Higher education institutions’ strategies, such as new forms of designing and delivering education policies and practices.
  • Multi-actor and multi-level governance of higher education.
  • Linkages between higher education and other societal spheres (e.g., science systems, labour markets, or industry clusters).

Submissions

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2021

Please apply by submitting an abstract (300-500 words) and a CV to edu.gov.team[at]hertie-school[dot]org.

Accepted applicants are expected to hand in their paper two weeks before the workshop. Decision notifications will be sent out by April 30, 2021.

Speakers

The workshop will be attended by two keynote speakers:

  • Jeroen Huisman, Professor of Higher Education at Ghent University, will give a presentation on The challenges of higher education research on Europeanisation and governance.
  • Martina Vukasovic, Associate Professor of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen, will hold a keynote on the topic of European cooperation in higher education: still going strong against all odds?
  • Lukas Graf, Assistant Professor of Educational Governance, and Marcelo Marques, Postdoctoral Researcher, both from the Hertie School, will also join the discussions.