I am a sociologist and my main interests are the sociology of the university as well as international comparative and global studies, and methodologies. My empirical research focuses on higher education from an international comparative perspective, and is based on empirical research strategies that include qualitative and quantitative methods (for example, discourse analysis, case studies, bibliometrics, network analysis, and surveys).
Since October 2009, I have been working at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER), Kassel. From 2009-2012, I joined and ultimately became Co-PI of an international and interdisciplinary research team of 22 international scholars. In this project I developed an international comparative perspective. For the past several years I have been responsible for the research area “Change of Knowledge” at INCHER, which comprises research and research projects related to the knowledge production of universities. Before coming to INCHER, I was a researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT) and a doctoral fellow at the Graduate Program “Entering the Knowledge Society” at IWT. In my Ph.D. thesis I studied the institutional and organizational change of German research universities by focusing on their mission statements.