Marek Kwiek, professor (full) and chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy, University of Poznan, director of IAS.

His research area is quantitative studies of science, sociology of science and higher education research. He currently focuses on international research collaboration, academic productivity, stratification in science, and global academic elites.

Professor Kwiek has been a Principal Investigator or country Team Leader in 25 international higher education research projects funded by the European Commission; the European Science Foundation; and the Fulbright, Ford, and Rockefeller foundations, attracting about 2.7 million euros in research grants.

Professor Kwiek published about 200 papers and book chapters and 4 sole-authored monographs and he publishes extensively in major academic journals. His most recent papers are in “Higher Education” (2021), “Journal of Informetrics” (2021), “Studies in Higher Education” (2020), “Scientometrics” (2020) and “Journal of Economic Surveys” (2020, all available in Gold Open Access). His most recent monograph, Changing European Academics: A Comparative Study of Social Stratification, Work Patterns and Research Productivity was published by Routledge (2019).

He was a Fulbright Foundation scholar (University of Virginia, 1994-1995), Kosciuszko Foundation scholar (University of California, Berkeley, 1997-1998) and the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC, 2002-2003). He was also a Fulbright New Century Scholar (NCS) from 2007 to 2008 (under D. Bruce Johnstone, SUNU Buffalo) and a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education, London, from 2012 to 2013, as well as a Kluge Fellow in the Library of Congress (2002-2003, unable to take his office).

Professor Kwiek is also an international higher education policy expert for the European Commission, USAID, the OECD, the World Bank, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, national governments, and higher education institutions and a higher-education reforms advisor in 13 transition countries. His recent research report is Internationalisation of EU Research Organizations: A Bibliometric Stocktaking Study (2019) for the European Parliament.

Professor Kwiek has co-authored the Polish National Strategy for the Development of Higher Education until 2020 (Ernst and Young 2010); Europe 2020 Poland (World Bank 2011); and the National Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in Ukraine until 2022 (USAID 2014). He has also co-authored the Heinnovate analytical tool ( for the European Commission and OECD (2012) to measure innovation levels of European universities. Currently, he is a national expert in the ETER (European Tertiary Education Register) project funded by the European Commission (2021-2024).

He served as a Steering Committee member of the BridgeMentor Program (Commercialization of Research) in the NCBR, a national research funding body for applied research (2013-2016). He also headed an Ustawa 2.0/Law 2.0 national team of 10 academics (2016-2017) who prepared the foundations for recent Polish higher education reforms; finally, he co-authored the AMU application to the IDUB national excellence program (2018-2019) which resulted in additional 100 million USD (350 million PLN) for AMU in 2020-2026).

He is also an editorial board member for Higher Education Quarterly, European Educational Research Journal, British Educational Research Journal, and European Journal of Higher Education as well as for a Springer book series, Higher Education Dynamics.

In 2018, he was elected an ordinary member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) in Salzburg as one of 31 Polish scientists and scholars (Class V, Social Sciences, Law, and Economics).

In 2020, he was elected and ordinary member of Academia Europaea in London, the European Academy of Sciences, as one of 101 Polish scientists since 1988 (Class “Governance, Institutions and Policies: Education, Health and Welfare”). He belongs to the youngest 15% members of AE, those under 55.

Recent articles:

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2021). Gender-Based Homophily in Research: A Large-scale Study of Man-Woman Collaboration, Journal of Informetrics. 35(3), August 2021, 101171. 1-26.

Kwiek, Marek (2021). The Prestige Economy of Higher Education Journals: A Quantitative Approach. Higher Education. 81. 493–519.

Kwiek, Marek (2020). Internationalists and Locals: International Research Collaboration in a Resource-Poor System. Scientometrics. Vol. 124. 57-105.

Kwiek, Marek (2020). What Large-Scale Publication and Citation Data Tell Us About International Research Collaboration in Europe: Changing National Patterns in Global Contexts. Studies in Higher Education. 45. April 10, 2020. 1-21.

Kwiek, Marek, Roszka, Wojciech (2020). Gender Disparities in International Research Collaboration: A Large-scale Bibliometric Study of 25,000 University Professors. Journal of Economic Surveys. On-line first. 1-37.

Recent international keynote speeches and invited lectures:

          Scheduled soon:


          (2021) Jeddah (Saudi Arabia): King Abdulaziz University, November 15, 2021. Invited Session “Globalization of Science” at the IREG 2021 Conference  Effects of Rankings on Community and Society. “The Dynamics of Global Science and New Tensions in Academic Knowledge Production”.

           (2021) Harvard University (USA): the Mahindra Humanities Center, “The Mahindra Seminar Series on Universities”, November 3, 2021. “The Changing Academic Profession and the Stratifying Role of Research”, at the seminar: “Academic Profession in Knowledge-Based Societies – Global Perspectives”.

          (2021) Beijing (China): Peking University, Graduate School of Education, October 25, 2021.  A seminar on “The Globalization of Science: Implications for Higher Education Research”.


           (2021) Oslo (Norway): Department of Education, October 1, 2021. Lecture and seminar: “The Academic Profession in the Era of Global Collaborative Science”.

           (2021) London (UK): Times Higher Education New Universities Summit 2021, Transforming the Future: New Visions of Young Universities, June 22, 2021. Invited panel session: “Has the Pandemic Shifted the Research Culture for Young Universities”.

           (2021) University of Toledo (USA): the Russel Center, Judith Herb College of Education, June 18, 2021. Lecture and PhD seminar: “The Changing Academic Profession within the Changing Science System – Poland from Global Comparative Perspectives (1989-2020)”.

             (2021) University of Oxford (UK): Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), June 15, 2021. Lecture and seminar: “The Globalization of Science: The Increasing Power of Individual Scientists?”

             (2021) University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR): Comparative Education Research Centre CERC), Faculty of Education, May 18, 2021. Lecture and seminar: “Research Collaboration and Innovations: Who Makes Strategic Decisions In Science and Scholarship?”.

            (2021) European University Association, Brussels (Belgium): The 2021 EUA Annual Conference: Universities 2030: From Vision to Reality, April 22, 2021. Invited panel session: “Recognition and Rewards of Academic Career Profiles”.

           (2021) Caracas (Venezuela): The UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC), March 15, 2021. Expert group seminar on “Higher Education Futures”. Invited presentation: “Higher Education in 2050: High Participation and Vertical Stratification”.

            (2021) University of Oxford (UK): Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), March 9, 2021. Lecture and seminar: “Elite journals, publishing as prestige-generation, and implications for academic careers“.

           (2021) University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg): Opening lecture in a Lecture Series “Science of Science in the Spotlight”, February 24, 2021. “Inequalities in Science: A Study of Major Collaboration Types”.

          (2021): World Bank, Washington DC (USA): invited lecture and seminar: “Establishing World-Class Universities in Poland: Challenges and Opportunities”, February 20, 2021.

          (2020) University of Oxford (UK): Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), December 8, 2020. Lecture and seminar: “Man-Woman Collaboration Patterns in Science: A Study of 25,000 University Professors“.


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