The 2019 experts

Sophie Abel

Sophie Abel is a doctoral candidate at the Connected Intelligence Centre at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on how writing analytics, the use of text analytics techniques to provide automated feedback on writing, can be used in doctoral writing training programs to develop evaluative judgement and encourage one to think critically about their writing.


T.A. Abinandanan

T.A. Abinandanan is the Chair of the Department of Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in Bengaluru, India. He is also the Coordinator of the DST - Centre for Policy Research which focuses on scientometric studies of science and technology (S&T) research and innovation in Indian higher education institutions.


Corina Balaban

Corina Balaban works as a research associate at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She has a background in Education Studies and wrote her PhD thesis on models of doctoral education in the EU and the US.


Andrés Bernasconi

Andrés Bernasconi is Professor of Education and director of the Center of Advanced Studies in Educational Justice at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Interested in higher education policy, university governance, and the academic profession, Bernasconi has served as Provost, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Programs, Vice-Dean, and Dean at three universities.


Richard Budd

Richard Budd is a lecturer in higher education at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at Lancaster University where he recently completed a collaborative research project investigating social sciences doctoral training policy. His primary research interests relate to theorizing higher education, organizational mediation of policy, students' experiences, and international comparisons.


Daniele Cantini

Daniele Cantini is a social anthropologist, currently working at the MLU Halle. His regional focus is on the contemporary Middle East, in particular Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, where he lived for many years researching on youth, university systems, subjectivity, religion, migration, and knowledge production. He is the author of Youth and Education in the Middle East: Shaping identity and politics in Jordan.


Devasmita Chakraverty

Devasmita Chakraverty is Assistant Professor at the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. Her research interests include examining the impostor phenomenon ("imposter syndrome"), workforce development in STEM and medicine, and understanding the experiences of underrepresented minority groups. Her research focuses on the US, India, and Germany.


Chen Hongjie

Chen Hongjie is a professor at the School of Education at Peking University and director of the Chinese Center for Doctoral Education. He has several publications about doctoral education in China and Germany. He is currently working on a project concerning the reform of the doctoral grant system in China.


Roxana Chiappa

Roxana Chiappa recently completed her PhD which analyzed the effects of social class on future careers, looking at PhD candidates in Chile. She concentrated on the intersection between doctorate education, scientific policies, and social stratification. She will soon start working as a lecturer at the Center for Higher Education, Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at the Rhodes University, South Africa.


Igor Chirikov

Igor Chirikov is Student Experience in the Research (SERU) Consortium Director and Senior Researcher at UC Berkeley. SERU Consortium is an academic and policy collaboration of research universities worldwide, aimed at generating comparative data on undergraduate and graduate student experience. Igor’s research interests include student learning outcomes and international higher education.


Rosemary Deem

Rosemary Deem is Doctoral School Director and Professor of Higher Education Management at Royal Holloway (University of London), UK. An Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences since 2006, Rosemary is a sociologist who has also worked at Loughborough, York, the Open and Lancaster Universities and the former North Staffordshire Polytechnic.


Annamaria Silvana de Rosa

Annamaria Silvana de Rosa is Founder and Director of the European/International joint PhD in Social Representations and Communications led by Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. She is an Ector’s Delegate in the EUA-Council of Doctoral Education and her publications also concern the distinct forms of internationalization of doctoral education.


Alexander Filippi

Alexander Filippi is a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. His PhD looks at the health effects of ambient fine dust and air pollution. He chairs the Max Planck PhDnet as their Spokesperson this year. He is also a board member of the N² Network of Doctoral Researchers, representing the PhDs of the non-university organizations on a political level.


Liezel Frick

Liezel Frick is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Director of the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her research focuses on doctoral education, with a pedagogical focus on doctoral creativity, supervision, and the student experience. She is also co-chair of the International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN).


Nancy L. Garcia

Nancy L. Garcia is Full Professor of Statistics at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) working in the field of Probability and Statistics. She was formerly coordinator of the Mathematics committee of Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). Garcia is currently the Vice-Rector for Graduate Studies at UNICAMP and the vice-president of the Brazilian Mathematical Society.


Manuel S. Gonzalez Canche

Manuel S. Gonzalez Canche holds a tenure appointment at the University of Pennsylvania where he is Faculty Director of the Hub for Equity Anti-oppression Research and Development (HEARD). This center aims to provide doctoral students with extracurricular experience valued by academic and policy-oriented employment, such as grant funding.


Barbara M. Grant

Barbara M. Grant is Associate Professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is currently exploring doctoral students’ experiences of publishing during candidature, doctoral identity work in thesis acknowledgments, and doctoral supervision work of academic women in NZ universities. She has published extensively on doctoral supervision/education.


Martin Grund

Martin Grund is a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. His research investigates the neural mechanisms of conscious tactile perception. In 2016 he was the Spokesperson of the Max Planck PhDNet and cofounded in 2017, the N², a network of non-university doctoral researchers in Germany. Currently, he is the President of the Science Forum Middle Germany.


Roshada Hashim

Roshada Hashim is a Professor in the Faculty of Science & Technology (FST) in the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). She currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation and was formerly Dean of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies at USIM. Her research focuses on the use of aquafeeds for sustainable development of aquaculture.


Chaya Herman

Chaya Herman is Associate Professor at the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies at the University of Pretoria. She specializes in doctoral education and higher education policy and has conducted national and international studies on the topic.


Stefaan Hermans

Stefaan Hermans is Director of Policy Strategy and Evaluation in DG Education, Youth, Culture, and Sports at the European Commission. He formerly served as Head of Cabinet to the Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Commissioner and has developed initiatives to make research careers in the EU more attractive as Head of Unit in the Research and Innovation DG in 2018 and 2013.


Reinhard Jahn

Reinhard Jahn was a professor and Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, with research focusing in molecular neuroscience until his retirement in 2018. He was Dean of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences, funded in the German Excellence Initiative, and worked in committees proposing reforms of the academic career system.


Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He was recently Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University before serving as Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State for seven years.


Biandri Joubert

Biandri Joubert is a PhD student in the field of international trade law (Specifically SPS measures as non-tariff barriers to trade) at North West University in South Africa and is rounding off research conducted in Dakar during a research fellowship at UNIDEP. As a Zimbabwean in South Africa, Biandri provides insight into doctoral research in South Africa as a citizen of a southern African country.


Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela

Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela is Head of the Doctoral School at the University of Ljubljana and a member of the Steering committee of the EUA CDE. Her teaching and research is in Economic Sociology and the Sociology of Work and Gender Studies. She is an editor of Social Politics, Oxford University Press.


Yasemin Karakaşoğlu

Yasemin Karakaşoğlu holds the chair for Intercultural Education at the University of Bremen. As a turcologist and educational scientist, her research interests focus on teacher training and school and university policies in a diversity and discrimination sensitive perspective. Karakasoglu was VP of International and Diversity from 2011 to 2017 and is member of the executive committee of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.


Charity Meki-Kombe

Charity Meki-Kombe recently completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her research focuses on doctoral education and policy/programme implementation and evaluation. Her focus on doctoral education evaluates the knowledge and skills gained by doctoral graduates and how they (especially those trained abroad) are re-integrated into local universities.


Gulfiya Kuchumova

Gulfiya Kuchumova is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant of the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University. She focuses on research education of doctoral students in Kazakhstan. Kuchumova is also involved in the Erasmus+ project on internationalization of research through the establishment of a quality assurance system in PhD programs.


Maude Lévesque

Maude Lévesque is a PhD candidate in Social Work at the University of Ottawa in Canada jointly with the EuroPhD program in Social Representations and Communication at the University of Rome in Italy. She specializes in social gerontology and professional distress in healthcare workers and recently completed an exchange with the Social Psychology laboratory of the University of Aix-Marseille in France.


Markéta Lopatkovéá

Markéta Lopatkovéá is an Associate Professor of Mathematical Linguistics at Charles University, Prague in the Czech Republic. Her current research interests focus on lexical semantics, dependency syntax, treebanking, and formal modeling of natural languages. She is a member of the Rector’s Board responsible for doctoral education at Charles University


William M. Mahoney, Jr.

William M. Mahoney, Jr. is the Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Washington Graduate School and an Associate Professor of Pathology at their School of Medicine. As a cardiovascular developmental biologist, he directs the Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD program. He has a longstanding interest in STEM professional development, focusing on graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.


Joyce B. Main

Joyce B. Main is Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Main examines the factors that influence PhD degree completion and the career trajectories of doctorates in the United States. She was awarded a 2017 National Science Foundation CAREER grant to model the longitudinal career pathways of engineering doctorates.


Catherine Manathunga

Catherine Manathunga is a professor of Education Research in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. She is a historian who brings an innovative perspective to higher education research. Catherine has research projects on doctoral education; academic identities and the history of universities in Ireland, Australia, and Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Lilia Mantai

Lilia Mantai is Academic Lead in Course Enhancement at The University of Sydney Business School. She got her PhD from Macquarie University for research on researcher development of doctoral students in 2017 and received an HDR Excellency award. Mantai was also awarded the status of Senior Fellow of the AdvanceHE/Higher Education Academy for her contributions to higher education.


Shannon Mason

Shannon Mason is an assistant professor and early career researcher in the Faculty of Education at Nagasaki University in Japan. She recently completed her PhD in Australia, adopting a ‘with publications’ approach, one of the first in her faculty to do so. Her interests include exploring the experiences and challenges of doctoral students and ECRs engaging in the scholarly publication process.


Puleng Motshoane

Puleng Motshoane is a doctoral student researching how higher education is meeting the needs of a transformed South Africa. She has written book reviews on doctoral education and co-authored a chapter about holistic supervision development in doctoral studies. Motshoane has also co-edited Postgraduate Studies in South Africa: Surviving and Succeeding and is member of the International Doctoral Education Research Network.


Conor O’Carroll

Conor O’Carroll is an Independent Consultant on Higher Education and Research Policy at SciPol. He is active in the development of European policy on researcher careers with a particular focus on doctoral education and training and led the development of the European Innovative Doctoral Training Principles. O’Carroll is a member of the conference steering committee.


Suzanne Ortega

Suzanne Ortega serves as President of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The only U.S. higher education association devoted solely to graduate study, CGS has nearly 500 U.S. and Canadian members and nearly 30 international affiliates. A sociologist by training, Dr. Ortega’s research focuses on social inequality, mental health, and graduate education.


Susan Porter

Susan Porter is Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), with oversight of 9000 graduate students and 900 postdoctoral fellows. She focuses on ‘reimagining’ graduate education for the 21st century. She is also a clinical professor in pathology and laboratory medicine and President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.


Ana Proykova

Ana Proykova is the Universities for ScieNce, Informatics, and Technologies in e-Society (UNITe) Science Director and Professor at the Sofia University. UNITe aims to improve the possibilities of researchers in geographically distributed regions in Bulgaria. UNITe facilitates the inclusion of responsible research and innovation in the doctoral curriculum in the universities involved in the consortium.


Jing Qi

Jing Qi is a researcher and lecturer at RMIT University in Australia. She has published in the areas of global education, teacher education, and doctoral education. Her current research focuses on capacity building of doctoral candidates by understanding the politics governing doctoral education and harnessing the global and local stock of knowledge for innovative knowledge production.


Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson is an early career researcher from the School of Education at La Trobe University in Australia. Her specialization is in postgraduate research supervision. Her thesis and subsequent work focus on team supervision as it is practiced in Australian universities, particularly in the ways that power is used within supervisory relationships to enable or silence members of the team.


Janet C. Rutledge

Janet C. Rutledge, an electrical engineer, serves as the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland in the US. She has chaired the GRE Board, served on the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools, and serves on the TOEFL Board. She has been involved in national efforts to increase PhD completion rates, track career outcomes, and improve diversity and inclusion.


Wenqin Shen

Wenqin Shen is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education at Peking University. He is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison in 2013 and 2014. His research concerns research training systems, doctoral education, and history and internationalization of higher education.


Rachel Spronken-Smith

Rachel Spronken-Smith is a professor in higher education and geography and Dean of the Graduate Research School at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Geography and PGDip. in Tertiary Teaching. She has won several teaching awards and a national tertiary teaching award in 2015. In 2016 she won the TERNZ-HERDSA medal for Sustained Contribution to the Research Environment in NZ and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2018.


Ronel Steyn

Ronel Steyn is a PhD scholar in Higher Education Studies at Rhodes University (RU) in South Africa. She is exploring changing doctoral education practices in South African research-intensive universities and the structural and cultural mechanisms that condition them. Previously, she worked as head of the postgraduate development program at Stellenbosch University.


Dick Strugnell

Dick Strugnell is Professor of Microbiology and Co-leader of the Doherty Institute PhD program at the University of Melbourne. From 2007 to 2017, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research) and responsible for 5200 graduate researchers engaged in research doctorates (85%) or masters (15%). The Doherty Institute PhD Program has 120 doctoral students.


Marc Torka

Marc Torka is a sociologist of science and higher education at WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Germany and the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydeny in Australia. He is currently Principal Investigator for the project, "International comparison of doctoral training practices," in Germany, Australia and the US funded by the German Research Foundation.


Marijk van der Wende

Marijk van der Wende is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University and was previously Dean of Graduate Studies. Her research focuses on the impact of globalization and internationalization on higher education. She is also affiliate faculty at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley, Guest Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a member of the Academy of Europe.


Betül Yarar

Betül Yarar is a senior researcher for the Intercultural Education at the University of Bremen. She is specialized in sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies. Her recent publications are mainly on the issues related to gendered body politics, politics of culture and the AKP's politics in Turkey in the context of neoliberalism and neoconservatism.


Akiyoshi Yonezawa

Akiyoshi Yonezawa is Professor and Vice-Director at the International Strategy Office at Tohoku University and is a board member at the Japan Association for Higher Education Research. He is a co-editor of the Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance series and is also co-editor of Researching Higher Education in Asia which was granted the “Best Book Award 2019” from the Comparative and International Education Society.


Aya Yoshida

Aya Yoshida is a professor in the School of Education and Associate Director of the Center for Higher Education Studies at Waseda University in Japan. She specializes in higher education and now she serves as the Director of the Japan Society of Educational Sociology. One of her current research projects is a trilemma of graduate schools in Japan compared with those of the US and China.


Gaoming Zheng

Gaoming Zheng is a doctoral researcher at the Higher Education Group at Tampere University in Finland. Her research project is on quality assurance of Europe-China joint doctoral education. Her publication, “Towards an analytical framework for understanding the development of a quality assurance system in an international joint program,” was awarded with Best Paper Prize at 2016 Eu-Spri Forum “Science, Innovation and the University.”