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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.

Celebrating five years of Hedda podcast!

Today, we are delighted to celebrate 5 years of Hedda podcast! In this post,  we have a little gretting from Professor Peter Maassen, the director of Hedda, we have asked some Hedda friends and our graduates about their favourite podcasts, and… we have compiled the ten most popular podcasts!.

Which Hedda podcast has been your favourite?

Jens Jungblut  (HEIK/Hedda)

Jens Jungblut
University of Oslo

Jens Jungblut: I think that the podcast with Manja Klemencic on recent trends in student engagement is of very high interest for everyone who is working in or on student unions and their invovlement in higher education governance. Manja summarizes the state of the art in this rather recently emerged research topic and also opens it up for links to other areas of study such as students’ learning experience. I think this podcast is a great example of the way in which the Hedda podcasts introduces the listerners to different areas of research on higher education. I wish the podcast and the people working on it all the best for its fifth birthday and I hope to listen to many more podcasts in the years to come.”

Leasa Weimer (University of Tampere, Finland)

Leasa Weimer
(Hedda graduate, now: University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Leasa Weimer: “I have to admit I listened to Sheila Slaughter’s (my PhD advisor) podcasts a few times as I was finishing up my PhD. As I wrote my dissertation in Finland I would listen to her podcast(s) and it would help me work through the theoretical challenges of the analysis.”

Hedda podcast 5 years!

HEDDA5yearsWe are absolutely delighted to inform you that on 30th of April 2014, the Hedda podcast will celebrate 5 years of existence! A long time since the first podcast that featured Professor Peter Maassen and Professor Shinichi Yamamoto that was published on 30th of April 2009. In these 5 years, we have shared with you 44 podcasts. The podcasts have primarily included interviews with researchers and policymakers, but also for instance included keynotes and panel debates from the 2010 CHER conference and a few seminars at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo.

In these 44 podcasts we have featured almost 40 different researchers and policymakers and covered topics such as governance of higher education systems and institutions, internationalization, teaching & learning, technology in learning, and various policy and reform developments in both Europe and countries across the world. We have had podcasts about quite specific developments and projects, and podcasts about higher education systems in particular countries or regions.

Recently, we finally compiled the whole list of podcasts onto one page so you can easily access all the podcasts, also going back to the very first ones! By creating this list we hope you can find something fun to listen to during the summer that is soon coming! During this week, we will also highlight some of the podcasts as we have also asked some of our staff and graduates about the podcasts they have enjoyed.

In those five years there have also been a number of changes – we have had changes in staff, we have specified and simplified the name as “Hedda podcast”, we have changed the intro themes and a number of other things. However, we still remain committed to the original idea: to deliver an innovative approach to presenting interviews with international experts and discussions on topics in the field of higher education to a worldwide audience.

Sincere thanks from the current team goes back all of those responsible for starting the podcast series. Some of them have stayed with us, some of them have left for new adventures. But they did a magnificent job on creating a foundation for the podcasts to be what they are today. Without their great work and effort, we would not have the Hedda podcast series. Thanks from us and all of those who have listened and enjoyed the podcasts! Later this week we will also publish small bits and pieces of the history of the Hedda podcast!

Hedda podcast: Student engagement with knowledge as a means to define quality

Episode 44 of our podcast series features Dr. Paul Ashwin from Lancaster University in the UK. In the podcast we talk about student engagement with knowledge as a key feature of quality in higher education, and he reflects on some of the key results from a three year long study on pedagogical quality and inequality in the UK.

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Click here to download the Policy makers guide (pdf) that the research team has prepared based on the project results. 

View also the publications that the podcast is referring to:

Dr. Paul Ashwin  (Lancaster University)

Dr. Paul Ashwin
(Lancaster University)

Dr. Paul Ashwin is employed as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK. Earlier he has worked at the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, University of Oxford and Newham College of Further Education. His key research interests are related to the relations between teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education, as well as the implications of this for both policy and practice. He has also a keen interest on the methodological development of higher education studies in this area.

Hedda podcast: AHELO Feasibility study with dr. Hamish Coates

Episode 41 of our podcast series features dr. Hamish Coates from the LH Martin Institute at University of Melbourne in Australia, and in the interview we discuss the AHELO Feasibility Study. AHELO stands for Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, and is a OECD funded project international project where Dr. Coates has been the Project Director.

Read more about AHELO here

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Dr. Hamish Coates is the Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research, and an Associate Professor with the LH Martin Institute. In the last decade he has been responsible for a number of large scale projects and he has published numerous publications on the definition, measurement and evaluation of education processes, contexts and outcomes. His further research interests include large-scale evaluation, tertiary education policy, institutional strategy, outcomes assessment, learner engagement, academic work and leadership, quality assurance, tertiary admissions, as well as assessment methodology.

He is a member of a number of editorial boards, as well having experience with consultancy work for both the World Bank and OECD. Furthermore, he has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning

Hedda podcast: The future of South African youth with Prof. Teboho Moja

Episode 40 of our podcast series features Professor Teboho Moja (New York University). She shares her experiences with a recent CHET project on South African youth that identified that as much as one third of South African youth in the age of 15-24 was outside the labour market as well as educational opportunities – as such being a “social time bomb“. In the interview she reflects on some of the findings of the project and gives some suggestions on the possible ways forward.

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Teboho Moja has held key positions at several South African universities as well as being appointed the chair of the board of the University of South Africa and she is a member of the board for several international organisations (UNESCO IIEP and World Education Market). She has worked as a policy analyst and was appointed as the Executive Director and Commissioner to the National Commission on Higher Education by President Mandela. Professor Moja has also been a visiting professor in Oslo as well as Tampere for the Hedda Master programme in higher education. Currently, she is a Clinical Professor at New York University.

Her research interests are focused on higher education reform issues in governance and policy, as well as the impact of globalization on higher education and she has authored a number of publications related to these issues as well as topics related to South African educational system and changes since 1994.

See also an earlier Hedda podcast with Professor Teboho Moja on issues related to reform of higher education and changes in South African educational system.