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Research interests

My research interests lie in higher education policy, globalisation and internationalisation of higher education, university rankings and their impact on policymaking and institutional behaviour, the (changing) role of the doctoral viva and higher education in Europe. My research has been published in academic journals including Contemporary Social Science, Higher Education and Tertiary Education and Management and publicised in media outlets such as the BBCthe Guardian, University World News, and Times Higher Education. I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Innovations in Education and Teaching International

Previously, I was a Research Centre Associate of the Department of Education at the University of Oxford (Centre for Global Higher Education - CGHE) and Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education (also based in CGHE). Beyond academia, I have worked in both the public and private sectors for the European Commission in Brussels and Quacquarelli Symonds in London, where I am currently serving as Secretary to the QS Global Rankings Advisory Board. I have held academic positions at the College of Europe, the universities of Glasgow and Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and UCL. I am an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I obtained a college-funded PhD in Education (Higher Education) from Trinity College Dublin.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am interested in supervising students on the DBA in Higher Education Management in topics related to higher education policy, globalisation and internationalisation of higher education, student mobility, the entrepreneurial university and the building of a European higher education area.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

International Relations, Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Law and Political Science, Bachelor of Laws, Université Côte d'Azur

External positions

Consultative Committee Member, Hinrich Foundation

Secretary to the QS Global Rankings Advisory Board, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

External Examiner (Doctor of Education), University of Liverpool

Research Centre Associate, University of Oxford

External Examiner (Doctor of Education), University of Plymouth


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