My research focusses on the study of institutional change in the field of universities, and their role in society and economy. Major areas of research include (1) the regulation, funding and organisation of higher education and research; (2) management, leadership and organisational change in universities; (3) the student experience, employability and graduate careers; (4) the socio-economic impact of universities; and (5) academic work and career, (6) processes of internationalisation and globalisation in higher education.
I have a number of research projects underway building on empirical investigations supported by the Dutch Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the German Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ford Foundation. I am elected member of the Academia Europaea and of the German Academe of Science and Engineering, and Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education. My advisory work includes membership in the Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, in the German Advisory Council for Education, and in the R&D committee of the European Federation for Management Development. My previous appointments include Professor and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Assistant Professor at the Center for Research on Higher Education and Work, University of Kassel, Germany.