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Marek Kwiek, Professor (full) and Director of the Center for Public Policy Studies (since 2002), and Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy, University of Poznan, Poland.

His research interests include university governance, welfare state and public sector reforms, the academic profession, and academic entrepreneurialism. He has published about 140 papers and 11 books, most recently two monographs: Knowledge Production in European Universities. States, Markets, and Academic Entrepreneurialism (2013) and The University and the State: A Study into Global Transformation (2006).

A higher education policy expert to the European Commission, USAID, OECD, the WorldBank, UNESCO, OSCE, and the Council of Europe. Apart from about 20 international higher education policy projects, he has participated in about 20 international (global and European) research projects, funded by the European Commission, European Science Foundation (ESF),Fulbright, Ford, and Rockefeller foundations. Recently, he has been a partner in large-scale European comparative projects: EDUWEL: Education and Welfare (2009-2013),WORKABLE: Making Capabilities Work (2009-2012), EUROAC: The Academic Professionin Europe (2009-2012), EUEREK: European Universities for Entrepreneurship (2004-2007),and GOODUEP: Good Practices in University - Enterprises Partnerships (2007-2009). He serves as an editorial board member in Higher Education Quarterly, European Educational Research Journal, and European Journal of Higher Education, and is a general editor of abook series HERP: Higher Education Research and Policy (Peter Lang).