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Liviu Matei

Professor Liviu Matei

Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy

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

Research interests

  • Education
  • Policy

Biography

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.

Research 

 Dr Matei's main research interests include: 

  • Higher Education Policy
  • Higher Education Governance
  • Academic Freedom - Fundamental Values of Higher Education
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • Funding of Higher Education
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Access and Participation
  • Higher Education and Science Diplomacy; Science Policy

PhD supervision

Prof. Matei supervises PhD dissertations in the broad area of higher education policy, including topics such as internationalisation and globalisation of higher education, geopolitics of higher education, higher education and development, higher governance and funding, academic freedom and university autonomy.

PhD dissertations defended

  • Elene Jiblaze - Suspended development: Institutional transformation and lack of improvement in the higher education system of post-revolution Georgia (2016)
  • Renata Kralikova - Transition legacies, rules of appropriateness and ‘modernization agenda’ in higher education governance in Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia (2016)
  • Norbert Sabic - Diversification of higher education in Europe. A policy narrative that legitimizes resource concentration (2016)
  • Daniela Craciun - Systematizing national higher education internationalization strategies: reconceptualizing a process (2019)
  • Simona Torotcoi - From international commitments to institutional reality: the case of higher education policy in Europe (2020)
  • Elizaveta Potapova - Making sense of academic freedom in Russia (2021)
  • Adrienn Nyircsak - Reflexivity in European higher education governance: Studies on practice (2022)
  • Omar Abozeid - Agency-structure interplay in the transition-to-employment of occupationally transversal higher education graduates (2024)

Current PhD supervision

  • Bushra Alamri - An ecological approach to understanding higher education teachers' agency in curriculum reform in Saudi Arabia.
  • Maryna Lakhno - Universities: Local agents of global changes. The UN Sustainable Development Goals as a global policy framework for higher education.
  • Samuel Kiiru - Knowledge production, transfer and utilization in agriculture: A case study of three public universities in Kenya.
  • Laura Palencikova - Institutional responses to academic dishonesty and the new technological frontier: the role of cultural responsiveness.

    Research

    CRESTEM PGCE outside
    Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CRESTEM)

    Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CRESTEM)

    women at wokr
    Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

    The Centre for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre research developing critical analyses of social change and social in/justice in education and other policy arenas, sectors and contexts to inform national and international policy debate, social activism, and personal, professional and organisational learning.

    books-1204029_1920
    Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC)

    The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication is a major centre for descriptive linguistics, applied linguistics and language in education.

    News

    ECS launches new Education & Society Dialogues event series

    The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) has launched a new event series to contribute to public debates on education and society.

    Photo of a woman smiling as she talks to someone, with a blue filter,

    King's academic elected to Academia Europaea, the Academy of Europe

    Professor Liviu Matei, Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society, has been elected to Academia Europaea.

    Prof Liviu Matei posing in front of the ECS staff and students library in the common room.

    ECS confirmed again as leading institution for education research in London

    The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) is top in London and among the highest achieving 10% of UK universities submitting to the Education...

    Books on shelves in a library - by susan-q-yin

    New Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society announced at King's College London

    Professor Liviu Matei, a higher education policy scholar and administrator with extensive international experience will take up the new role from March 2022.

    Liviu Matei

    Events

    09May2019-04-04 2nd Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education Conference

    Protecting the fundamental values of higher education and research in the 21st century: conceptualisation, codification, monitoring, practice

    Emerging frameworks of reference and conceptual references for academic freedom and related values and principles: conceptualisation, codification,...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    19JunExam tables (1). New Blue

    2024 ECS Annual Lecture: The Future of Assessment in Higher Education

    The 2024 annual lecture at the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London discuss the future of assessment, one of the most...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    27NovAcademic freedom image

    Principles for reimagining academic freedom

    This is the fourth and last event of the King's Presidential Series on Academic Freedom: Charting a course.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    08NovHE Science Diplomacy website

    Higher education and science diplomacy in times of peace and war

    This KIERN symposium, part of King’s College London’s Education and Society Dialogue Series, will consider the main approaches, results, impacts, and...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    04Julkcl_e & s dialogues_ecs website_final

    ECS Annual Lecture 2022: Higher education and knowledge as a public good

    For the 2022 ECS Annual Lecture of the School of Education, Communication & Society, Prof Simon Marginson will explore whether higher education contributes to...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    Meet the new ECS Head of School, Dr Liviu Matei

    Dr Liviu Matei, Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, is the new Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) at King’s. Here he...

    Liviu-entrance-2-1903x558

      Research

      CRESTEM PGCE outside
      Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CRESTEM)

      Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CRESTEM)

      women at wokr
      Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

      The Centre for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre research developing critical analyses of social change and social in/justice in education and other policy arenas, sectors and contexts to inform national and international policy debate, social activism, and personal, professional and organisational learning.

      books-1204029_1920
      Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC)

      The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication is a major centre for descriptive linguistics, applied linguistics and language in education.

      News

      ECS launches new Education & Society Dialogues event series

      The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) has launched a new event series to contribute to public debates on education and society.

      Photo of a woman smiling as she talks to someone, with a blue filter,

      King's academic elected to Academia Europaea, the Academy of Europe

      Professor Liviu Matei, Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society, has been elected to Academia Europaea.

      Prof Liviu Matei posing in front of the ECS staff and students library in the common room.

      ECS confirmed again as leading institution for education research in London

      The School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) is top in London and among the highest achieving 10% of UK universities submitting to the Education...

      Books on shelves in a library - by susan-q-yin

      New Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society announced at King's College London

      Professor Liviu Matei, a higher education policy scholar and administrator with extensive international experience will take up the new role from March 2022.

      Liviu Matei

      Events

      09May2019-04-04 2nd Arabic Language Teaching & Learning in UK Higher Education Conference

      Protecting the fundamental values of higher education and research in the 21st century: conceptualisation, codification, monitoring, practice

      Emerging frameworks of reference and conceptual references for academic freedom and related values and principles: conceptualisation, codification,...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      19JunExam tables (1). New Blue

      2024 ECS Annual Lecture: The Future of Assessment in Higher Education

      The 2024 annual lecture at the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London discuss the future of assessment, one of the most...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      27NovAcademic freedom image

      Principles for reimagining academic freedom

      This is the fourth and last event of the King's Presidential Series on Academic Freedom: Charting a course.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      08NovHE Science Diplomacy website

      Higher education and science diplomacy in times of peace and war

      This KIERN symposium, part of King’s College London’s Education and Society Dialogue Series, will consider the main approaches, results, impacts, and...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      04Julkcl_e & s dialogues_ecs website_final

      ECS Annual Lecture 2022: Higher education and knowledge as a public good

      For the 2022 ECS Annual Lecture of the School of Education, Communication & Society, Prof Simon Marginson will explore whether higher education contributes to...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      Meet the new ECS Head of School, Dr Liviu Matei

      Dr Liviu Matei, Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, is the new Head of the School of Education, Communication & Society (ECS) at King’s. Here he...

      Liviu-entrance-2-1903x558