Translating Visions into Practice – Research and Knowledge Transfer at Public Universities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa

2016 – 2017

The goal of the project is to investigate how the organizational archetype of the entrepreneurial university (Pinheiro & Stensaker 2014) is translated into practice at African Flagship Universities in four countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa), the impact of organisational transformation on research practices as well as forms of research-society/business relations. Data will be generated by analysing legal and political documents (macro-level), strategic plans and research policies of university organisations (meso-level) and interviews and participant observation with individual researchers/research groups.

funded by the Robert Bosch Academy, Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH

Development and Entrepreneurship at Universities: The Case of Moi University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal


The goal of the project was to investigate the influence and translation of global ideas into organizational strategies at Moi University in Kenya and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Data was generated through document analysis of strategic plans and semi-structure expert interviews during field research.

funded by a BIGSAS travel grant

Progress in Higher Education Reform Across Europe: Governance & Funding

2008 – 2010

An international collaborative comparative study exploring the policy changes in the governance and funding of European higher education systems between 1995 and 2008

funded by the European Commission

Higher Education Governance within the Scope of (Post-)Conflict Reconstruction in Southern Sudan

2007 – 2013

The dissertation project is a case study of higher education governance in Sudan after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 with the three universities – University of Juba, University of Upper Nile and University of Bahr el Ghazal – that existed in the post-war region in the southern part of the country as the embedded units of analysis of the case study. The research questions were: How are universities in Southern Sudan governed? and How useful are higher education governance typologies in describing the case. Data (61 interviews with stakeholders, documents, archival records and direct observation) was generated during a five months field stay in Sudan in 2008.

funded by a Graduate Scholarship of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V.