Dr Jelena Brankovic
On 2 March, Jelena successfully defended her PhD thesis. Her thesis - largely based on published articles - zoomed in on processes of competition, cooperation and contestation in higher education systems and challenges the general image of university being "victim" of organisational pressures. The thesis convincingly argues that universities enact and shape their organisational identities and in doing so act as co-constructors of their institutional environment.
The examination committee consisted of prof. Gili Drori (Hebrew University, Israel), prof. Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education, UK), and internal members prof. Raf Vanderstraeten, prof. Henk Roose and prof. Bart Van De Putte.
Jelena will continue her research on this important theme at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.