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Thu, Oct 29



Online Summit on participatory & interdisciplinary IR (2)

How can participatory research methods be used to enhance the quality and acceptance of research results as well as the participation rate? What are the challenges for interdisciplinary research?

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Online Summit on participatory & interdisciplinary IR (2)
Online Summit on participatory & interdisciplinary IR (2)

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Oct 29, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM GMT+1


About the event

Speakers from two different German research institution will share their insights on two methodological issues: Participatory research and interdisciplinary research

CHE Centre for Higher Education: Cort-Denis Hachmeister and Saskia Ulrich will give an example on how the concept of participatory research is applied to the process of compiling the German national CHE University Ranking. After an introduction to the concept of participatory research, the speakers will show, how stakeholders and institutions participate in the development of methods and the process of data compilation for Germanys largest university ranking, which was also the model for the international ranking-project U-Multirank.

WZB Berlin Social Science Center: Interdisciplinary research promises to deliver highly innovative knowledge that is particularly suited to solving the grand challenges of the 21st century. Research funders around the world therefore devote enormous resources to promoting interdisciplinary research. Nevertheless, there is a monodisciplinary deep structure that hinders the implementation of interdisciplinary research. Hendrik Woiwode will give an impression of the barriers to interdisciplinary research, illustrate how scientists deal with such barriers and show perspectives on how these barriers can be overcome.


10:00-10:10  Welcome

10:10-10:30  Sustainable Institutional Research by Participation – Participatory Research within the CHE Rankings. Cort-Denis Hachmeister, Saskia Ulrich (CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany)

10:30-10:40  Discussion

10:40-11:00  Coping with academic barriers of interdisciplinary innovation: Strategies

and implications. Hendrik Woiwode (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)

11:00-11:10  Discussion

11:10-11:20  Closing


Cort-Denis Hachmeister is a senior expert at the CHE Centre for Higher Education in Guetersloh, Germany. He graduated in psychology from the University of Bielefeld in 2000 and has been working in various research projects at the CHE since then. His research interests are university access and student's choice of study as well as research and third mission activities of universities.

Saskia Ulrich, scientific project manager at Centre for Higher Education (CHE), Guetersloh, Germany. A sociologist by training, she specialized in Science and Technology Studies and Higher Education Research. Her research interests encompass participatory research, evaluation, quality assurance and development of teaching indicators.

Hendrik Woiwode is a postdoc associate and project leader at the WZB. His work focusses the organization and governance of higher education institutions and knowledge-intensive organizations.


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