The CHEPS team

The CHEPS team

Curriculum vitae

MSc Katharina Lemmens-Krug

PhD candidate
CHEPS, University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
Enschede, the Netherlands

Office: Ravelijn Ra-5101
Direct tel. +31 610997519

Personal information

Born: 15-06-1988, Magdeburg (DE)
Nationality: German
Working languages: German (native), English (very good), Dutch (very good)

University degrees

Bachelor of Science: European Studies, University of Twente, 2011
Master of Science: European Governance, University of Bristol, 2012

Main work experience

12/2014 – present: PhD candidate, CHEPS, University of Twente, Netherlands
08/2013 – 11/2014: Research associate, CHEPS, University of Twente, Netherlands
03/2013 – 07/2012: Staff Member, German Academic Exchange Service e.V. (DAAD), Germany
10/2012 – 02/2013: Bluebook Trainee, European Commission, DG Education and Culture (Higher education; Erasmus), Belgium

Areas of expertise

  • Governance within higher education institutions
  • Organisational studies
  • Transparency tools (classifications and rankings)
  • Student assistants coordination

Short biography

Katharina Lemmens-Krug graduated in 2012 from the University of Bristol where she followed a one-year Masters in European Governance at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Before that Katharina did a Bachelor of Science in European Studies at the University of Twente (2008-2011).

Throughout her studies Katharina focused on European higher education policies. Her Bachelor thesis was a comparative case study of German and Lithuanian higher education governance and its changes in the context of the Europeanisation process. In her Master’s thesis she investigated the role of the European Commission in the Bologna Process. After university Katharina joined the European Commission, more specifically the DG Education and Culture for a 5-months traineeship, which endorsed her genuine interest in European higher education policy.

Katharina joined CHEPS as a Research Associate (August 2013), working on the projects U-Map and U-Multirank, where she additionally coordinated a group of student assistants. In December 2014 she switched jobs and is now working as a PhD candidate within the CETLFUNK project, studying the effects of Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on the Teaching Function of Higher Education Institutions in Europe. This project matches Katharina’s research interest in the area of institutional governance and organisational studies. Furthermore she is interested in governance structures and steering mechanisms on system and European level.

Next to her academic work Katharina manages together with her colleague Nadine Zeeman the CHEPS blog. As one of the blog managers, she builds and manages rich content for the CHEPS blog. This involves, besides writing posts herself, the recruitment of CHEPS colleagues or guest bloggers to write posts, advise them on the content and guiding them through the process.

Katharina is also part of the IGS PhD Initiative Group which was born in September 2015 out of a joint action with four other PhD students (Milana Korotka, Imke Lammers, Koen de Koning and Anna Priante) who belong to the IGS research institute at the University of Twente. The goal of the group is to strengthen the PhD network within and beyond IGS research institute, to facilitate multidisciplinary research and to organise regular events to offer opportunities to socialise, to build bridges between departments, to strengthen collaboration with alumni and business, to exchange insights of research projects and to facilitate collaborations.

Personal website:

  • Twitter @KLemmensKrug

Major recent achievements and publications

CETLFUNK: The effects of Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on the Teaching Function of Higher Education Institutions in Europe

U-Map: Towards a European classification of higher education institutions

U-Multirank: Multidimensional ranking of higher education institutions

Organization of IGS PhD Networking Day (10 March 2016) at the University of Twente


Krug, K. (2012). Master dissertation accomplished at University of Bristol (Prof. Dr. Michelle Cini): The Bologna Process – Higher education in Europe and the role of the European Commission.


Krug, K. (2011). Bachelor thesis accomplished at CHEPS (Prof. Dr. Liudvika Leisyte): Towards changing higher education governance: a comparative study of North Rhine-Westphalian (German) and Lithuanian higher education.