K. Lemmens - Krug MSc (Katharina)

PhD candidate researching public organisations

About Me

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 BMS PhDs for PhDs, a joint initiative born in 2015, which has two aims. First, strengthening the PhD network within and beyond the faculty of BMS and advising the BMS Faculty Board regarding PhD policy. In addition, she designed and implemented an intranet website for PhDs at BMS in collaboration with her colleague Lisa Bakir. Furthermore, Katharina manages the CHEPS blog together with her colleague Franziska Eckardt.

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.


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 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.

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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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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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