Katharina is a PhD candidate at the department of CHEPS (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies) where she works together with Don Westerheijden who is her daily supervisor. Katharina’s PhD promotor is René Torenvlied from the department of Public Administration (University of Twente). Before her PhD, Katharina worked as a Research Associate at CHEPS on the projects U-Map and U-Multirank, where she additionally coordinated a group of student assistants. After her PhD Katharina aspires a job in a (European) Public Institution.
Next to her academic work, Katharina is part of the part of the BMS PhDs for PhDs, a joint initiative born in September 2015, to strengthen the PhD network within and beyond the faculty BMS. Furthermore, Katharina manages together with her colleague Franziska Eckardt the CHEPS blog.
Katharina graduated in 2012 with a MSc in European Governance from the University of Bristol. Before that Katharina graduated with a BSc in European Studies from the University of Twente (2011).
In my PhD research, I study how and under which conditions Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning contribute to the steering capacity of university leaders in the area of teaching and learning. The PhD is part of the CETLFUNK project (2014-2018) which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This project matches my research interest in the area of institutional governance and organisational studies. Furthermore, I am interested in governance structures and steering mechanisms on system and European level.
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Katharina graduated in 2012 from the University of Bristol where she followed a one-year Masters in European Governance at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Before that Katharina did a Bachelor of Science in European Studies at the University of Twente (2008-2011).
Throughout her studies, Katharina focused on European higher education policies. Her Bachelor thesis was a comparative case study of German and Lithuanian higher education governance and its changes in the context of the Europeanisation process. In her Master’s thesis, she investigated the role of the European Commission in the Bologna Process. After university Katharina joined the European Commission, more specifically the DG Education and Culture for a 5-months traineeship, which endorsed her genuine interest in European higher education policy.