K. Lemmens - Krug MSc (Katharina)

PhD candidate researching steering capacity in public organisations

About Me

Katharina joined CHEPS (University of Twente) as a Research Associate in August 2013, to work on the projects U-Map and U-Multirank, where she additionally coordinated a group of student assistants. In January 2015 she switched jobs and is now working as a PhD candidate. After her PhD Katharina aspires a job in a (European) Public Institution.





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.


Recent Articles
Lemmens-Krug, K., Westerheijden, D. F., & Torenvlied, R. (2017). Development of the concept ‘steering capacity in universities’. 1. Paper presented at 30th Annual CHER Conference 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland.

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Katharina Lemmens-Krug 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.


Next to her academic work, Katharina manages together with her colleague Franziska Eckardt the CHEPS blog. As one of the blog managers, she builds and manages rich content for the CHEPS blog. This involves, the recruitment of CHEPS colleagues or guest bloggers to write posts, advise them on the content and guiding them through the process.

Katharina is also part of the BMS PhDs for PhDs which was born in September 2015 out of a joint action with four other PhD students (Milana Korotka, Imke Lammers, Koen de Koning and Anna Priante) who belong to the Faculty BMS at the University of Twente. The goal of the group is to strengthen the PhD network within and beyond the faculty, to facilitate multidisciplinary research and to organise regular events to offer opportunities to socialise, to build bridges between departments, to strengthen collaboration with alumni and business, to exchange insights of research projects and to facilitate collaborations.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 5101
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  5101
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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