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Hedda podcast: Party politics and political economy of the welfare states


Professor M. Busemeyer (University of Konstanz)

Episode 47 of our podcast series features Prof. Marius Busemeyer (University of Konstanz).

In the podcast, he discusses some of the key findings from his recent book “Skills and Inequality. Partisan Politics and the Political Economy of Education Reforms in Western Welfare States”. Summarising key aspects of how skill regimes have developed in europe, he further reflects on what he as a researcher found as the most interesting finding and shares his thoughts on the practical implications of his research.

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Prof. Marius Busemeyer is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz. He received his PhD in political science from University of Heidelberg in 2006. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. He further received his Habilitation in Political science at University of Cologne in 2010. From 2011 he has worked as a professor at University of Konstanz where he is a head of department in Politics and Public administration since 2014. In 2010, he received a grant from German National Science Foundation (DFG) (Emmy-Noether Program) for his work on “The Politics of Education and Training Reform in Western Welfare States”, and in 2012 he received the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. His main research interests are in the area of comparative political economy, welfare states, public spending, social democratic parties and theories of institutional change.


Podcast: Horizontal governance and learning dynamics in higher education

We are pleased to share with you a presentation of some of the key messages from a large scale project “Horizontal governance and learning dynamics in higher education (HORIZON). The project is undertaken at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in University of Oslo.

In the presentation, Prof Peter Maassen, Prof Monika Nerland, dr. Jennifer Olson, dr. Hilde Afdal and dr Crina Damsa share their insights about he project. The seminar was recorded on 11th of February at the University of Melbourne.

Group presentation

Prof. Monika Nerland | Prof. Peter Maassen | Dr. Crina Damsa | Dr. Jennifer Olson | Dr. Hilde Afdal


Download the powerpoint slides for the presentation here

HORIZON project outline: 

The HORIZON project is aimed at contributing to an improved understanding of major change dynamics in higher education with respect to higher education governance and learning processes in higher education institutions, as well as the way these two are connected.

Hedda podcast: Doctoral education in Africa and the challenges for scientific growth in the Region

moutonEpisode 46 of our podcast series features Johann Mouton (CREST, Stellenbosch University). In the podcast he talks about doctoral production in Africa and the challenges for the scientific growth of the region, including the role of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology and opportunities for PHD positions in Higher Education in South Africa.


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Johann Mouton is Professor in and Director of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University and the African Doctoral Academy. He is also the Programme Director of five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies. He is on the editorial board of 6 international journals including the International Journal of Research Methodology, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Science and Public Policy, Science, Technology and Society and Minerva. He received two prizes from the Academy for Science and Arts in South Africa including one for his contribution to the promotion of research methodology in South Africa. In 2012 he was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa. His main research interests are the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, higher education knowledge production, sociology of science, scientometrics and science policy studies

Hedda podcast: Higher education transformation in the Western Balkans

Episode 45 of our podcast series features Martina Vukasovic (CHEGG, Ghent University). In the podcast, we discuss the recently finished NORGLOBAL funded project about higher education transformation in the Western Balkans. We highlight the key project results, including what she thought to be the most surprising research results. Further, we discuss challenges when working with capacity building and reflect on the plans for the future.

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Martina Vukasovic  (CHEGG, Ghent University)

Martina Vukasovic
(CHEGG, Ghent University)

Martina Vukasovic is employed as a post-doctoral fellow at CHEGG and is due to defend her PhD dissertation in June at the University of Oslo. She is also an earlier Hedda graduate, having completed her Masters Degree in Higher Education in 2007. Earlier, she has worked as the founding director of the Education Policy Center in Serbia, for the Council of Europe, as well as having been the chairperson of the European Student Union (then ESIB). She is also currently in the Council of the Magna Charta Observatory. Her research interests are primarily focused on higher education governance and policy, with particular focus on European integration processes.

Looking back: history of the Hedda podcasts

So, five years have passed and the Hedda podcast has become more than anyone initially thought it would become. With thousands of people tuning in, with experts around the world being interviewed about the world of higher education. To shed some light on the very beginning of the podcast, we asked Shane Colvin (who is still running the technical side here) about his thoughts and rationale for starting up the podcast series, and we also asked Leasa Weimer who was the blog editor until 2010 about what she remembers from the early days of the Hedda podcasts. 

Shane Colvin  (University of Oslo)

Shane Colvin
(University of Oslo)

Shane: I have always enjoyed listening to talk radio. Perhaps that is an understatement; I was literally obsessed with listening to talk radio whilst growing up. I thought it was absolutely amazing consuming all that information and hearing different perspectives on the latest news, politics and the economy. Best of all, I was listening while doing the most mundane and tedious of tasks, such as sitting in traffic, waiting at the airport, cleaning the house or even going for a long run.

Then in 1999, when I moved to Norway, I was dismayed when I could no longer listen to my favorite talk radio shows. This might sound crazy, but in order to fill the void in my life, I had my mother record my favorite talk radio shows and send me week-long recordings on cassette tapes so I could listen to them on my 1990’s Sony Walkman. In fact I would listen to them over and over until the next tapes would arrive in the mail.

If I recall correctly, it was in 2001,when I learned about the opportunity to listen to some of the talk radio stations back home by streaming them live on the internet. Unfortunately due to the time difference between Norway and the US, I was unable to listen to the shows I enjoyed in the past.  It was finally around 2003 when a wave of “talk show” recordings (not yet called podcasts) became available and the ability to subscribe to them via an RSS fixed some of the practical problems I had before.

However, it was in 2005 when iTunes made listening to podcasts even easier by making it possible to subscribe to countless shows and to synchronize them with my iPod automatically.  I could now listen to whatever I wanted, wherever I wanted. Shortly after iTunes was launched, iTunes U was established as a collection of free on-line lectures in both audio and video from some of the best universities in the world. This gave me the idea of also podcasting here at Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo, where Hedda resides and where I worked as an IT engineer.