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Dr Liviu Matei

Dr Liviu Matei

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Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy

Head of the King's School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS).

Research subject areas

  • Education
  • Policy

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Dr Liviu Matei is the Head of the King's School of Education, Communication & Society.

Prior to joining ECS in March 2022, he was Professor of Higher Education Policy at the Central European University (CEU), where he directed the Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, a collaborative academic initiative promoting applied policy research and professional training in higher education.

Dr Matei established the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities and the Global Teaching Fellowship Programme; and founded the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom, which is supported by the Open Society University Network, and the Open Society Research Platform, in 2021. He served on the Steering Committee of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences.

In addition to teaching at universities in Europe and the US, Dr Matei has consulted in the area of higher education policy and conducted applied policy research projects for the World Bank, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and other international organisations (intergovernmental and non-governmental), national authorities and universities from Europe and Asia.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Central Asia and serves on the editorial boards of the Internationalisation of Higher Education Journal and the European Journal of Higher Education.

After studying philosophy, psychology and sociology, Dr Matei completed his PhD at Bucharest University, Romania. He received fellowships to study at the Institut Supérieur de Formation Sociale et de Communication, Bruxelles, The New School University New York, Université Paris X Nanterre, Université de Savoie, the Salzburg Seminar, and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris.



 Dr Matei's main research interests include: 

  • Academic freedom and university autonomy.
  • Internationationalisation of higher education.
  • Quality assurance in higher education. 
  • Public policy on higher education.  
  • University governance and funding.