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Prior to coming to UCL, Anikó Horváth has worked at King’s College London, the University of Bristol, Goldsmiths University, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

Aniko’s research at CGHE focuses on system-level governance in higher education; organizational management and leadership; institutional diversity; universities as complex global transnational organizations; the role of the state and marketization as key engines of change in higher education; organizational structures and (in)formal practices restricting/enabling innovation and creativity in complex organizations; processes of control, compliance and contestation in universities; the impacts of system-level shocks to the HE sector (using Brexit as a case study); as well as inequalities, class and employment relations within academia.

Dominik Antonowitz is an associate professor and the head of Sociology of Science Unit at Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń. His research interest covers a wide range of issue related to higher education policy, reforming process and university governance and management. 

Antonowicz graduated from University of Torun (sociology) and Birmingham University (public management). He also worked as a postdoc scholar at the Center of Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS, Twente University (NL) and  Centro de Investigação de Políticas do Ensino Superior (CIPES), University of Porto (PT). He is a former Chevening Scholar and a beneficiary of the Foundation for Polish Science (program “Start” and “Columbus”). 

As a policy expert he collaborated with OECD, the European Commission, Polish and Ukrainian governments. He has been an expert in a number of strategic advisory groups to Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland and also made contribution to the most recent Polish HE Act (Law 2.0) in respect to the model of university governance. Above it, he serves as a member of the Evaluation Committee of Research Units (KEJN) that is responsible for institutional research assessment in Poland. 

He is also an author of two books, and tens of articles, published in international peer-review journals as well as book chapters published by prestigious global publishing houses (eg. Oxford University Press, Routledge, Pelgrave-Macmillan, Springer or Sense). 

Georg Krücken is Professor of Higher Education Research and Director of INCHER-Kassel, the International Centre for Higher Education Research, both at the University of Kassel (Germany). He received his Ph.D. and Habilitation in sociology from Bielefeld University in 1996 and 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he was a full professor of Higher Education Management at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. From 1999 to 2001 and in 2011 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University (Department of Sociology and School of Education). He taught as a guest professor at the Institute for Science Studies, University of Vienna, and at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Sciences Po, Paris. He is president of the “Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung” (Society for Higher Education Research), spokesperson of the research network “New Institutionalism” and member of Academia Europaea. His research interests include higher education research, science studies, organizational studies, and neo-institutional theory. His recent book publications are Higher Education in Germany—Recent Developments in an International Perspective (with Otto Hüther). Cham: Springer 2018; New Themes in Institutional Analysis. Topics and Issues from European Research (with Carmelo Mazza, Renate E. Meyer and Peter Walgenbach). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2017.

Marta Shaw is an Associate Professor in the Chair of Management and Leadership in Education at the Jagiellonian University, Poland, with a joint appointment in Educational Leadership at Bethel University, USA. Her research has focused on organizational change in higher education, intercultural leadership, and the implications of brain research for educational policy and practice in the context of the global climate crisis.



Martin Unger graduated of sociology from the University of Vienna. Postgraduate course in sociology at the IHS. As an undergraduate, work for the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (report on universities, social report on undergraduates, etc.), participation in projects at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Austrian Universities (iff), since 1998 researcher at the IHS.

Between 2004 and 2015 lecturer at the Univ. of Economics in Vienna (empirical social research) and at the Univ. of Vienna (empirical social research, project planning, selectivity of the education system). Board member of the Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung (Society for Higher Education Research) and member of the Executive Committee of EAN - European Access Network.