Keynote Speakers


Professor Marek Kwiek

Professor Kalwant Bhopal FAcSS

Professor Vikki Boliver

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn

Professor Marek Kwiek
Director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies
UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and
Higher Education Policy, University of Poznan,

Marek Kwiek, Professor and Director of the Center for Public Policy Studies, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy, University of Poznan, Poland.

Marek has been a Principal Investigator or country Team Leader in 25 international higher education research projects (funded by the European Commission; the European Science Foundation; and several international foundations). His research focus is changing university funding and governance, public sector reforms, and the academic profession. His most recent monograph, Changing European Academics: A Comparative Study of Social Stratification, Work Patterns and Research Productivity, is forthcoming from Routledge (October 2018). He published in Science and Public Policy, Scientometrics, Comparative Education Review, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, etc. 

Marek was a Fulbright Foundation scholar (University of Virginia), Kosciuszko Foundation scholar (University of California, Berkeley) and the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC). He was also a Fulbright New Century Scholar (NCS) from 2007 to 2008.

Marek is an editorial board member for Higher Education Quarterly, European Educational Research Journal, British Educational Research Journal, and European Journal of Higher Education. Marek is also an international higher education policy expert for the European Commission, USAID, the OECD, the World Bank, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, national governments, and higher education institutions and a higher-education reforms advisor in 12 countries. 


Professor Kalwant Bhopal
Professorial Research Fellow/
Professor of Education and Social
Justice, Deputy Director Centre for
Research in Race & Education
(CRRE), University of Birmingham

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education. Kalwant’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted research on exploring discourses of identity and intersectionality examining the lives of Black minority ethnic groups as well as examining the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers. Her research specifically explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly White spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. She is Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at Kings College London (Department of Education and Professional Studies). Her book White Privilege: the myth of a post racial society was recently published by Policy Press.

Professor Vikki Boliver
Professor of Sociology and 
Director of Research,
Department of Sociology,
Durham University

Vikki Boliver is a Professor of Sociology at Durham University. Professor Boliver leads projects on fairness in university admission funded by the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation; on private providers of higher education in the UK as a member of the Centre for Global Higher Education; and the UK component of a multi-country study of the effects of educational tracking on labour market outcomes funded by NORFACE. She is best known for her work on socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in admission to highly selective universities, on widening access through the use of contextualised admissions policies, and on patterns and processes of social mobility. 

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn
Higher Education Policy
Research Unit (HEPRU),
Dublin Institute of Technology

Ellen Hazelkorn is Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and works as an education policy consultant (BH Associates Education Consultants). She is International Co-Investigator, ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education, London, and Research Fellow, Centre for International Higher Education, Boston College, USA. She was policy advisor to, and board member of, the Higher Education Authority (Ireland), 2011-2017, and President of EAIR (European Society for Higher Education), 2013-2016. She has over 15 years’ experience working with international organizations and governments, and 20 years’ experience as Vice President, Dublin Institute of Technology (1995-2014). Ellen is a board member of national agencies, university and higher education/research organizations, and has led and/or been involved in national/institutions reviews and policy advice.

Ellen is internationally recognized for her writings and analysis of rankings on higher education and policy: Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence, 2nd ed. (Palgrave, 2015), and editor, Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education (Routledge 2016). Other recent publications include: co-author, The Impact and Future of Arts and Humanities Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and co-editor, The Civic University: Meeting the Leadership and Management Challenges (Edward Elgar 2016). She is co-editor of Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education (Edward Elgar 2017 forthcoming).

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