Professor Ellen Hazelkorn


Professor Ellen Hazelkorn is Director of Research and Enterprise, and Dean of the Graduate Research School, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland; she also leads the Higher Education Policy Research Unit. She works closely with the International Association of Universities (IAU), and is a consultant to the OECD. She is a member of the Higher Education Authority (Ireland), and incoming President of EAIR – the European Higher Education Society.

Professor Hazelkorn has been/is a member various governmental and international review teams, inter alia: Committee on the Future Sustainability of the Dutch Higher Education System (2010); OECD Reviews of Victoria, Australia (2009), Catalonia, Spain (2010), Wroclaw, Poland (2012), and Czech Republic (forthcoming 2013); German Excellence Initiative (2012); and FINHEEC (Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council) (2012-2016). She chaired the FINHEEC audit of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) (2012-2013), and the Aalto University Teaching Evaluation Exercise (2011) for the School of Art and Design. In addition, she has worked/is working with universities and university associations around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jamaica, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden, and with private organizations on issues of higher education assessment and evaluation.

Ellen is Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, and member of the International Research Committee of the American Education Research Association (2012-2015). She is/has been a member of various editorial boards: Higher Education Policy, International Journal for Researcher Development, and Higher Education Management and Policy. Ellen was Chairperson of the Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance, 2011-2012, and Visiting Fellow at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University); OECD, Paris; and Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. Ellen was Rapporteur and lead author for the report of the EU Expert Group, Assessing Europe’s University-based Research (2010), and a member of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Foresight Working Group [Ireland].

Professor Hazelkorn has over 18 years senior management experience in higher education, previously holding the position of Vice President and founding Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology (1995-2008). She was Company Secretary, Contemporary Music Centre (2001-2007); Board Member on Higher Education Equality Unit (1996-2002) and the European League of Institutes of the Arts (2000-2002); and Deputy Chairperson, Centre for International Technology and Education – a consortium of European academic, research and industrial institutions developing EU research programmes in intelligent digital content (1996-2000).

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 60 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, and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker. Her research and commentary has been reported by The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Economist, the Times Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde, The Australian and others. She writes a regular blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ellen is leading a study of The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Higher Education: Higher Education Leadership and Management Challenges with the IAU, and co-leader of an ESF project Measuring the societal impacts of universities' research into arts and the humanities (HERAVALUE), the result of which will be published by Palgrave in 2014. Developing Research in New Institutions was published by OECD (2005), and Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence by Palgrave Macmillan (2011) – with an updated version to be published in late 2013.

Further information here.... Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HERPU) ARROW @ DIT

Publications/ Media coverage

Developing Research in New Institutions was published by OECD (2005)

Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence was published by Palgrave Macmillan  (March 2011)
Read about the book launch here....

Global edition of the New York Times, 30 May 2011 .....Debating the merits of University Rankings

The Impact of Rankings on Higher Education (OECD)