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resized Professor Ellen Hazelkorn


Professor Hazelkorn is Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She is President of EAIR (European Higher Education Society), and on the Advisory Board and the Management Committee, Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), UCL Institute for Education, in addition to being an International Co-Investigator.

Ellen is also a member of several advisory boards: Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia), University and Knowledge Region (Rovira i Virgili University, Spain), Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Sweden), and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow (Scotland).

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 has been involved in the following reviews and/or provided policy advice for, inter alia: Review of Post-Compulsory Education in Wales (Department for Education and Skills, Welsh Government, 2015-2016); Evaluation of UAE Rankings System (UAE Ministry of Education, 2015); Quality of Undergraduate Education, National Academy of Sciences, US (2015); Higher Education Authority, Ireland (2011-2014); Review of 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), Finland.

Professor Hazelkorn has also been Board Member, National Digital Research Centre (2008-2015); Chairperson of the Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance (2011-2012); Member, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Foresight Working Group (2008-2009); Board Member/Company Secretary, Contemporary Music Centre, (1999-2007); Deputy Chair, Centre for International Technology and Education (UK/NL) (1996-2000); and Rapporteur, EU Expert Group on Assessing Europe's University-based Research (2009-10).

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

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.

Ellen is internationally recognised for her writings and analysis of the impact and influence of rankings on higher education policy and institutional decision-making. Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence (2nd ed.) was published in 2015. In addition, she has authored Developing Research in New Institutions (OECD, 2005), co-edited Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (UNESCO, 2013), and co-authored, Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: impact or illusion? (EUA, 2014). 

Forthcoming publications include: Editor, Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education (Routledge 2016); co-author, The Impact and Future of Arts and Humanities Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and co-editor, The Civic University: The Leadership and Management Challenges (Edward Elgar 2016), 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).

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).  She is currently International Co-Investigator of a major project on higher education governance, Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE).

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.

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