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Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte Photo of Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte

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Campus Nord

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Research Areas

Liudvika Leisyte's research focuses on academic work and organizational transformation in the context of changing institutional environment.

Drawing on the sociological theories she explores the issues of

  • professional autonomy, academic roles and disciplinary cultures,
  • academic entrepreneurship,
  • the dynamics of governance and management of higher education institutions, and
  • evaluation of research and quality enhancement in higher education.

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Leisyte has published three books, a number of chapters in edited books and peer-reviewed articles in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Public Administration, Public Management, Science and Public Policy. In 2008 she received the Early Career Best Paper Award in the PRIME conference in Mexico City for the paper on professional autonomy of university research units. In 2008 she was awarded a postdoctoral fellow position in the Visiting Scholars Programme at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. During her stay at the Center she pursued research on university linkages with industry in high-tech research units, comparing the United States and Europe and carried out the study on the implementation of the Bologna reforms in Lithuania.

She holds an MPhil degree in International Comparative Education from Oslo University and PhD degree in Public Management from the University of Twente. Ten years’ experience at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente meant acquisition, involvement in and managing various research projects in the field of higher education and research policy, governance and management of universities and academic practices funded by the DFG, the EU, various national governments and higher education institutions. Since 2003 she has been a coordinator of institutional evaluations of the European University Association’s Institutional Evaluation Programme.

Prof. Leisyte is the member of the editorial boards of Higher Education Policy, European Journal of Higher Education, Acta Pedagogica Vilnensis, a chair or member of the board of various non-profit organizations (e.g. LNVH, Futura Scientia, Female Faculty Network Twente). She is the co-convener of Network 22 (Research in Higher Education) at EERA / ECER (European Educational Research Association / European Conference on Educational Research) and member of the Board of German Higher Education Research Association.

Board memberships and advisory functions

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Higher Education, 2014 to present
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Acta Pedagogica Vilnensis, 2015 to present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Higher Education Policy, 2013 to present
  • Member of the Board of the German Higher Education Research Association (GfHf), 2014 to present
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC), 2014 to present
  • Co-convener of Network 22, Research in Higher Education at the European Educational Research Association (EERA), 2014 to present
  • Member of the International Advisory Board, Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU conference, Vilnius, 2013
  • Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Governance and Management, University of Twente, 2011-2013
  • Member and Chair, Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT), 2008 to 2016 (Chair since 2010)
  • Member of the Board, Educational Advising Center, Lithuania, 2010 to present
  • Member of the Committee for the Twente IGS Graduate School Programme Development, Spring 2011
  • Member of the Board of the Futura Scientia, Lithuania, 2009-2010, 2014-215
  • Member of the National Sounding Board for the Dutch Helsinki Group representatives, NWO and OCW, 2012

Membership in professional associations

ASA – American Sociological Association
AOM – Academy of Management
LNVH – Dutch Network of Women Professors
EARLI – European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
EGOS – European Group of Organizational Studies
4S – Society for Social Studies of Science
CHER – The Consortium of Higher Education Researchers
CES – The Council for European Studies
EERA – European Educational Research Association
GfHf – Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung
DHV – Deutscher Hochschulverband
Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW

Managerial and Collegial Activities

Recent Activities
  • Coordination of Measure 3 and membership in the coordinating group (Lenkungsgruppe) of DoProfiL project, TU Dortmund, 2016-2019.
  • Member of the faculty board, Faculty of Business and Economics, TU Dortmund, 2015 to present.
  • Member of the zhb board, TU Dortmund.
  • Co-organized DOSS 2016 "Und wie geht es weiter? Implementierungsstrategien für innovative Entwicklungen in der Hochschulbildung", zhb, TU Dortmund, 2-4 March, 2016.
2014 – 2015
  • Coordinated the submission of 2 Horizon 2020 proposals (first with 3 partners, second with 5 partners) in 2015.
  • Organized panels on research commercialization and standardization in higher education, 4S, Denver and ECER, Budapest, 2015.
  • Presented the Dutch managerial university project survey results to University of Twente Human Resources Department, deans and research institute directors, 2015.
  • Initiated, organized and moderated the FFNT 10th Anniversary conference "Advantages of an inclusive university: science and gender nexus", with Prof. Sandra Harding as a keynote speaker, 13 April 2015, Enschede, The Netherlands.
  • Co-organized GfHf 9th conference "Taboos at Universities", zhb, TU Dortmund, Dortmund. 25-27 June, 2014.
2010 - 2013
2005 – 2009
  • 'Understanding and implementing Bologna process in Lithuanian higher education institutions', project initiation and coordination, 2008-2009.
  • 'Governance and Management Models in Universities', coordination of the CHEPS team in the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project, 2006-2009.
  • Quality Assurance projects in Lithuania, project coordination, 2007-2008.
  • Launched the CHEPS PhD Summer School, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2005.

Policy related work

    • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC), 2014 to present.
    • Institutional evaluation of Vilnius Art Academy, organized by Quality Assurance Center, Lithuania, 2013.
    • Institutional evaluation of Business and Management Academy, organized by Quality Assurance Center, Lithuania, 2011.
    • Work group member, Mergers of higher education institutions, Ministry of Education and Science convened by the Prime Minister, Lithuania, 2011.
    • Work group member, Higher Education Governance, Ministry of Education and Science, Lithuania, 2009.
    • Work group member, Science Infrastructure Development, Ministry of Education and Science, Lithuania, 2009.

Sub content

Prof. Leisyte takes a research semester from April to September 2018

Consultation hours

By appointment

Please contact the secretariat.

Recent Activities:

  • She is a co-opted professor and teaches at the Faculty of Business and Economics, where she also member of the faculty board.
  • Prof. Leisyte is member of the zhb board.

Worth watching:

University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center's monthly virtual roundtables

Participation in the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center's monthly virtual roundtables series at September 17, 2015. Topic: "Back to School at What Cost? Comparing Higher Education Models in the US and Europe".

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