ECPR General Conference
Universität Hamburg, Hamburg
22 - 25 August 2018

Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation

Comparative Politics
European Union
Policy Analysis
Public Administration
Higher Education
Section Number
Section Chair
Mitchell Young
Charles University in Prague
Section Co-Chair
Martina Vukasovic
Universitetet i Bergen

Knowledge has become increasingly central in contemporary politics as it is understood to be the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive. The seventh Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (previously Europe of Knowledge) Section is interested in theoretical, empirical, and comparative contributions that investigate the role of politics and policy in the multi-level, multi-issue, and multi-actor governance of knowledge. By role, we refer to effects that ideas (including political ideologies), actors (both individual and organisational, including political parties and transnational entities), policy instruments, and institutions have on the governance, creation, dissemination, and transfer of knowledge. Panels will be oriented around one of the roles mentioned above, key empirical questions, or methodologies, and may either focus on one knowledge area or seek to integrate all three. The Section continues to welcome scholars, globally, from all theoretical and methodological approaches to critically discuss the reconfiguration of knowledge systems.


1. Institutions in the knowledge policy domain - Novel approaches
Chair: Jens Jungblut (Stanford University)

2. Differentiated integration in higher education and research
Co-chairs: Mari Elken (NIFU) and Martina Vukasovic (Ghent University)

3. Instruments, Institutions and Architectures of Normative Power
Chair: Mitchell Young (Charles University)

4. Global knowledge governance
Co-chairs: Meng-Hsuan Chou (Nanyang Technological University), Tero Erkkilä (University of Helsinki) and Niilo Kauppi (University of Jyvaskyla)

5. Organizing the distribution of funding for research and innovation
Co-chairs: Sarah Glück (Zeppelin University) and Thomas König (Institute for Advanced Studies)

6. Bringing the politics of international large-scale research into play
Co-chairs: Nicolas Rüffin (WZB) and Olof Hallonsten (Lund University)


Mitchell Young is Assistant Professor at Charles University focusing on European integration in higher education and research, public management, and policy tools for evaluating and funding research. He is a co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on ‘Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation’ and has co-chaired an ECPR Section for the past 5 years.

Martina Vukasovic is a postdoc researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG) at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the knowledge policy and politics across multiple governance levels and involving various interest groups.

Panel List

P115Differentiated Integration in Higher Education and Research View Panel Details
P184Global Knowledge Governance View Panel Details
P222Institutions in the knowledge policy domain - Neo-institutional approaches to analyses of higher education, research, and innovation View Panel Details
P223Instruments, Institutions and Architectures of Normative Power View Panel Details
P304Organizing the distribution of funding for research and innovation View Panel Details
P396Research infrastructures in Europe: Big Science, Big Politics, Big Decisions View Panel Details
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