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 230 papers and book chapters and 10 sole-authored monographs, and he publishes extensively in major academic journals. His most recent papers are in “Higher Education” (2023, 2021), “Quantitative Science Studies” (2024), “Journal of Informetrics” (2021), “Studies in Higher Education” (2023, 2021), “Scientometrics” (2022, 2022, 2020) and “Journal of Economic Surveys” (2021, 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). And his two recent Polish monographs were published by PWN Scientific Publishers (2022 and 2015).

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, SUNY 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). Currently, he is a Visiting Researcher at the German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW, 2022-2024), Berlin.

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 an Associate Editor of Higher Education (term of the office: 2024-2024), perhaps the most prestigious academic journal in the field.

He is also an editorial board member for Higher Education Quarterly, European Educational Research Journal, and British Educational Research Journal as well as for a Springer book series, Higher Education Dynamics. He was nominated as an International Advisory Board member of DZHW, Berlin (term in office: 2024-2026).

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 2021, 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.

Member of Committee for Science of Science, Polish Academy of Science (2023-2026).

Elsevier and University of Stanford data named him (2022, 2023) among the top 2% of most highly cited scientists in the world.

Recent Articles:

Marek Kwiek, Lukasz Szymula (2024). Young male and female scientists: A quantitative exploratory study of the changing demographics of the global scientific workforce. Quantitative Science Studies, 1-37,

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2024). Moving up the Academic Ladder, Changing Productivity? the Case of Polish High and Low Performers. Preprint at SocArXiv. 1-37.

Kwiek, Marek, Łukasz Szymula (2024). Quantifying Lifetime Productivity Changes: A Longitudinal Study of 325,000 Late-career Scientists.” Preprint at SocArXiv. 1-50.

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2023). The Young and the Old, the Fast and the Slow: A Large-Scale Study of Productivity Classes and Rank Advancement. Studies in Higher Education. On-line first, 1-16.

Marek Kwiek (2023). The Globalization of Science: The Increasing Power of Individual Scientists. The Oxford Handbook of Education and Globalization. Ed. by P. Mattei et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 726-759.

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2023). Once Highly Productive, Forever Highly Productive? Full Professors’ Research Productivity from a Longitudinal Perspective. Higher Education

Marek Kwiek, Łukasz Szymula (2023). Quantifying Attrition in Science: A Cohort-based, Longitudinal Study of Scientists in 38 OECD Countries. Preprint at ArXiv. 1-61.

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2022). Academic vs. biological age in research on academic careers: a large-scale study with implications for scientifically developing systems. Scientometrics127, 3543–3575.

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2022). Are female scientists less inclined to publish alone? The gender solo research gap. Scientometrics 127, 1697–1735.

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.

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

Marek Kwiek (2021). 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. 46(12), 2629-2649.

Marek Kwiek, Wojciech Roszka (2021). Gender Disparities in International Research Collaboration: A Large-scale Bibliometric Study of 25,000 University Professors. Journal of Economic Surveys. 35(5), 1344-1380.

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


Recent international keynote speeches & invited lectures


            (2024) Stanford University (the USA), March 7, 2024. METRICS Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, seminar: “Gender Differences in Leaving Science Forever: A Longitudinal, Cohort-Based Study of 2.2 Million Scientists”. Registration here: link 

            (2024) Leiden University (the Netherlands), February 16, 2024. The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), seminar: “Leaving Science: A Large-Scale, Cohort-Based, Longitudinal Approach, 2000-2022”. Registration here: link          


          (2024) University of Oxford (UK), Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), January 30, 2024. Lecture and seminar: “Quantifying Attrition in Science: A Longitudinal Study of Scientists in 38 OECD Countries”. Registration here: link 

          (2024) University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR), Faculty of Education, 15 January 2024. Lecture and seminar:  “Leaving Academic Science: A Longitudinal Study of Scientists in 38 OECD Countries”. Registration here: link 

          (2023) DZHW Berlin (Germany), German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). November 13, 2023. Lecture and seminar: “Attrition in Academic Science: How Women (and Men) Disappear, A Global and Longitudinal Study of 143,000 Scientists”.

          (2023) Sciences Po Paris (France). October 12, 2023. Lecture and seminar “Global Academic Profession Studies: New Data Sources, Methodologies, and Approaches”.

          (2023) University of Hanover and DZHW (Germany), October 6, 2023. Keynote Speech, “Structured Big Data and the Global Academic Profession. Implications for Future Higher Education Research”.

          (2023) DZHW Berlin (Germany), German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), June 27, 2023. “Persistence in High (and Low) Individual Research Productivity: A Longitudinal Study of 270,000 Scientists across 38 OECD Countries”.

           (2023) University of Hiroshima (Japan), June 14, 2023. Special Lecture, the 9th HERA Conference, Higher Education  in a Changing Global Landscape: Challenges and Prospects, Higher Education Research Association, “Quantifying the Changing Global Academic Profession: What We Know, What We Do Not, and Why?”

           (2023) Leiden University (the Netherlands), June 2, 2023. The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), seminar: “How Scientists Change Over Time: Persistence in High (and Low) Individual Research Productivity from a Life-Cycle Perspective”.

           (2023) University of Oxford, April 4, 2023. CGHE lecture and seminar: “Big Data in Practice: Women (and Men) in Global Science”.

           (2023) University of Oslo (Norway), March 27, 2023. Lecture and seminar: “Studying the Academic Profession: Current Dataset and Methodological Options and Their Implications”.

           (2023) Education University of Hong Kong (SAR Hong Kong), March 15, 2023. Lecture and seminar: “How to Quantify Academic Careers in the Global Age? Strengths and Weaknesses of Current Approaches and Looking into the Future”

           (2023) Stanford University (USA), February 23, 2023. METRICS Meta-Research Innovation Center. Lecture and seminar: „Young Male and Female Scientists: the Changing Demographics of the Global Scientific Workforce”.

           (2023) DZHW Berlin (Germany), German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), January 10, 2023. Lecture and seminar: „Structured Big Data for National and Global Academic Career Research: New Themes, Approaches & Opportunities”.

           (2022) University of Warsaw (Poland), June 23, 2022. Keynote Speech, IREG 2022 Conference, Academic Rankings at the Crossroads: “Global Science, Global Scientists: Big Data and Understanding the Academic Enterprise in the Digital Age”.

           (2022) Stanford University (USA), June 7, 2022. METRICS Meta-Research Innovation Center. Lecture and seminar: “Research Productivity from a Longitudinal Perspective: Once Highly Productive, Always Highly Productive?”

           (2022) University of Oxford (UK), June 2, 2022. Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), March 15, 2021. Lecture and seminar: “Once Highly Productive, Always Highly Productive”? Research Productivity from a Life-Cycle Perspective”.

           (2022) University of Lugano (Switzerland), May 11, 2022. RISIS Research Seminar (Research Infrastructure for Science and Innovation Policy Studies). Lecture and seminar: “The Changing Demographics of the Global Academic Workforce: Aging, Expansion, and Sex Differences in Science Across the OECD Countries, 1990-2020”.

           (2022) The World Bank, Washington DC (USA) / Riga (Latvia), May 5, 2022. Towards a New Academic Career Framework for Latvia. Presentation: “A comparative overview of trends in payment and performance in academic careers / professorate”.

           (2022) University of California at Berkeley (USA), April 20, 2022. Goldman School of Public Policy, Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE). Lecture and seminar: “Big Data and Academic Profession Studies: Advantages and Limitations”.

           (2022) University of Aarhus (Denmark): Science Studies Colloquium, April 13, 2022. Lecture and seminar: “Man-Woman Collaboration and Academic Careers: A Study of 25,000 University Professors”.

           (2022) University of Oxford (UK): Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), March 15, 2021. Lecture and seminar: “Academic Profession Studies: What We Gain and What We Lose by Using Big Data”.

           (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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