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Professor Ellen Hazelkorn holds a joint appointment as Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She is also President of EAIR (European Higher Education Society) and Chairperson of the EU Expert Group on Science Education (2014), and on the Management Board of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Professor Hazelkorn has worked as higher education policy consultant and specialist with international organisations and governments for over 15 years, and regularly undertakes strategic and research evaluations and peer review assessments for European and national research/scientific councils and universities. She has over 20 years senior experience in higher education, holding positions as Vice President of Research and Enterprise, and Dean of the Graduate Research School, (2008-2014), and Vice President and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology (1995-2008).

Professor Hazelkorn is or has been involved in the following reviews and/or provided policy advice for, inter alia: Quality of Undergraduate Education, National Academy of Sciences, US (2015-2016); Review of Post-Compulsory Education in Wales (Department for Education and Skills, Welsh Government, 2015-2016); New Rankings System (UAE Ministry of Education, 2015); Finnish Higher Education System (Ministry of Education and Culture, 2015); Higher Education Authority, Ireland (2011-2014); Dutch Higher Education, Ministry of Education (2010); OECD Reviews of Victoria, Australia (2009), Catalonia, Spain (2010) and Wroclaw, Poland (2012); German Excellence Initiative, German Science Council (2012); and Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council [FINHECC] (2012-2013). In addition, she has chaired, inter alia: International Panel, Review of Finnish Higher Education System, Ministry of Education and Culture (2015); EU Expert Group on Science Education (2014); Aalto University Teaching Evaluation (2011) School of Art and Design, and the Audit of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (2012-2013). 

Professor Hazelkorn is a member of the editorial/advisory boards for: Policy Reviews in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, International Journal for Researcher Development, European Journal of Higher Education, Palgrave Communications, and Science and Society, and previously, Higher Education Management and Policy. She was awarded a BA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Kent, UK, respectively. 

In her role as Vice President of Research and Enterprise, Professor Hazelkorn oversaw the Graduate Research School, the Research Support Office, and the Technology Transfer Office; the latter promotes commercialisation of research, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship training especially for SMEs. As Vice President and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, she was responsible for the academic leadership and management of five academic schools across the creative and performing arts and media, humanities and social science, providing undergraduate and graduate programmes (to doctoral level) to approx. 5,000 students, 500 academic staff and a budget over ~€25m (2004 values).

Professor Hazelkorn has authored/co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, books and book chapters e.g. on higher education policy in addition to Irish politics and society; digital technologies, gender, work practices and the cultural industries; relations between the media and the state.

Her research and commentary has been reported by The New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneThe EconomistTimes Higher Education,U.S. News & World ReportChronicle of Higher EducationLe MondeThe AustralianNatureBloomberg, and others. She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Worldwise blog.

Professor Hazelkorn has authored/co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs, books and book chapters e.g. on higher education policy in addition to Irish politics and society; digital technologies, gender, work practices and the cultural industries; relations between the media and the state. Her research and commentary is regularly reported by Bloomberg, Chronicle of Higher Education, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Nature, The Australian, The Economist, The New York Times, Times Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, and many others. A full list of publications is available at: http://goo.gl/FHpNf

Professor Hazelkorn has authored Developing Research in New Institutions (OECD, 2005), and Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence (Palgrave 2nd ed. 2015, http://goo.gl/etC9C3). In addition, she co-edited Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (UNESCO, 2013), was co-author, Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: impact or illusion? (EUA, 2014).

Forthcoming publications include: Editor, Global Rankings and the Geo-Politics of Higher Education (Routledge 2016); co-author: The Civic University: Meeting the Leadership and Management Challenges (Edward Elgar 2016) and The Impact and Future of Arts and Humanities Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and co-editor, GUNI World Report 6: Towards a Socially Responsible Higher Education Institutions, globally and locally engaged (2016) and Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education (Edward Elgar 2017).

She is currently co-leader of a major project on higher education governance as part of the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE).

Professor Hazelkorn was Lead Author, Science Education for Responsible Citizenship, Report of the Science Education Expert Group (SEEG) (EU DG Research and Innovation, Brussels, 2015), and Assessing Europe's University-based Research (EU DG Research and Innovation, Brussels, 2010).

Professor Hazelkorn has wide-ranging expertise across higher education policy and institutional and system governance, leadership and management; institutional differentiation and system articulation, with particular reference to new universities/HEIs; institutional research strategy and national science/innovation policy; national and institutional systems of evaluation and rankings; and across teaching, learning and research in the arts, humanities and social science, and in science education. 

A short cv is available here: Ellen Hazelkorn short CV 09/15.

Selected Publications/ Media coverage

E. Hazelkorn (2nd ed. 2015, 2011) Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education. The Battle for World-Class Excellence, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=391266

E. Hazelkorn (2015) “How the Geo-Politics of Rankings is Shaping Behaviour”, HERB - Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, 2(4)6-7, http://herb.hse.ru/data/2015/05/15/1098623404/HERB_04_view.pdf#page=6

E. Hazelkorn (2015) “Sustainability and Affordability: Is There a Magic Bullet?”, International Higher Education, 80:8, http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ihe/issue/view/667

E. Hazelkorn (2015) “Rankings and Quality Assurance: Do Rankings Measure Quality?”, Policy Brief #4, CHEA International Quality Group, Washington DC.

E. Hazelkorn (2015) “The Obsession with Rankings in Tertiary Education: Implications for Public Policy”, World Bank, Washington DC.

E. Hazelkorn, T. Loukkola and T. Zhang (2014) Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: impact or illusion? European Universities Association, Brussels. http://www.eua.be/Libraries/Publications_homepage_list/EUA_RISP_Publication.sflb.ashx

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “'Devil is in the detail of global university rankings?” The Irish Times, 7 October. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/devil-is-in-the-detail-of-global-university-rankings-1.1949588

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “An assessment tool to be used with care,” Times Higher Education, World University Rankings, 2014-2015. 1 October, p.66. http://digital.timeshighereducation.co.uk/THEWORLDRANKINGS2014/index.html

Harkin, S. and E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Restructuring Irish Higher Education through Collaboration and Merger,” In: A. Curaj, L. Georghiou, J. Casingena Harper, R. Pricopie and E. Egron-Polak (Eds.), Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education: International Practice and Emerging Opportunities, Dordrecht, Springer. In Press

Hazelkorn, E. (2014) ‘Student guidance and student selection’, in B.W.A. Jongbloed and J.J. Vossensteyn (eds) Access and Expansion Post-Massification: Opportunities and Barriers to Further Growth in Higher Education ParticipationInternational Studies in Higher Education series, Routledge, London. In Press

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Rankings and the Reconstruction of Knowledge in the Age of Austerity”, In: Z. Fadeeva, L. Galkute, C. Madder and G. Scott (Eds), Assessment for Sustainable Transformation: Redefining Quality of Higher Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan. In Press

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Rebooting Irish Higher Education: Policy Challenges for Challenging Times”, Studies in Higher Education, In Press.

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Rankings and the Global Reputation Race”, In: L. Portnoi and S. Bagley (2014) New Directions for Higher Education. Jossey-Bass/Wiley. In Press. 

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Using U-Multirank to Enhance the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)”, Science|Business, 5 June.  http://bulletin.sciencebusiness.net/news/76582/Use-U-Multirank-to-enhance-the-European-Higher-Education-Area

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Obama’s Rating System: an International Perspective”, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 May. http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/obamas-rating-system-an-international-perspective/33805  

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Making an Impact: New directions for Arts and Humanities Research”, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/07/1474022214533891 

E. Hazelkorn (2014) “Reflections on a Decade of Global Rankings: What we’ve learned and outstanding issues”, European Journal of Higher Education,49(1)12-28.

P.T.M. Marope, P.J. Wells and E. Hazelkorn (eds) (2013) Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses, UNESCO, Paris.

E. Hazelkorn (2013) “Higher Education’s Future: A new global order?”, In: R. Pritchard and J. E. Karlsen (Eds.) Resilient Universities. Peter Lang Publishers, p53-90, Resilient Universities: Confronting Changes in a Challenging World