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Katja Brøgger

Research Program Director, PhD, Associate Professor

Katja Brøgger
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Katja Brøgger is Associate Professor (tenure track) in education policy and governance at the Department of Education Science. She is in tenure track for full Professor at Aarhus University. 

Katja is currently main supervisor for two PhD students; Ester Zangrandi and Rasmus Harsbo and a postdoctoral researcher; Hannah Moscovitz. Previous supervision, main supervisor: Lucas Cone (completed 2023), co-supervisor: Miriam Madsen, Thomas Binderup and Em Bagg. 

Katja Brøgger selected as Visiting Senior Fellow for the academic year 2023-2024 at Faculty of Education and Culture, Tampere University. For more information: Tampere University’s webpage.


Current research projects

Katja is Chair of the EU COST Action CA22121: Rising nationalisms, shifting geopolitics and the future of European higher education and research openness (OPEN). Katja is also the PI of two large-scale international research projects funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (a Sapere Aude grant and an Inge Lehmann grant). The project explores how geopolitical shifts and the rise of new nationalisms affect European universities. The projects examine higher education policy in Poland, France, Denmark and the UK. It also examines EU's  higher education and research policy. 

Learn more about the project 'Asserting the Nation' here: https://dff.dk/en/grants/copy_of_research-leaders-2020/researchleader-20 and on the project website


The research program Policy Futures

Katja is research program director of Policy Futures. The research program investigates the education-policy nexus at a time of geo-political and European transformation and disruption. The program supports the Bachelor's and Master's degree program in Education Science through research and teaching on education policy, governance and administration. Katja supervises doctoral students/early career scholars working with education reforms, higher education governance, universities, public-private partnerships, digitalization, privatization, international organizations, neo-nationalism and geopolitical transformations.

Learn more about the Research Program Policy Futureshttp://edu.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/policy-futures/ 


Committees, advisory boards and consortia

Katja is member of the Advisory Board for the “Universities and the Future of Europe” project (UniFE) under The European University Association (EUA), member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Education Policy and member of the Editorial Board of Globalisation, Societies and Education. She is a member of the PhD Committee ARTS, Aarhus University, a member of The European Consortium of Political Research, the Comparative and International Education Society, Society for Research into Higher Education, and The Consortium of Higher Education Researchers. 


Scholarly interests
Higher education policy and governance
Universities/higher education 
EU and the European Higher Education Area
Inter/national higher education reform
Geopolitical shifts affecting higher education and research openness
The rise of new nationalisms in Europe and European higher education
Privatization and market-making in higher education
Quality assurance/accreditation/accountability policies
Policy instruments
Policy borrowing and lending
New materialism

Classes Taught
PhD courses
Education administration and governance (MA)
Advanced education administration and governance (MA)
Education in a comparative social science perspective (BA)
The politics of knowledge and education (BA)
Education, economy and the labour market (BA, elective module)
Sustainability in teaching, organization and democracy (BA, elective module)

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