Mike Zapp

Postdoctoral researcher

Academic Area(s) Sociology & social sciences
Research Topics International organizations, World society, Sociology of (higher) education
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Social Sciences
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 45-130
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 4973
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 34973
Research Stays in USA

Mike Zapp is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Education and Society, Université du Luxembourg.

Before joining UL, he worked as a fellow at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University and held a prior post-doc position at UL within the project The New Governance of Educational Research.

His research is interested in institutional change in (global) (higher) education, international organizations and global governance.


Last updated on: Tuesday, 21 January 2020

2005-2009: MA Social Sciences and Cultural Anthropology at Universities Koblenz-Landau and Paris VII, Denis Diderot

2009: Researcher at German State Agency for Civic Education

2010: Research consultant at European Technology and Training Center Erbil, Iraq (German Foreign Office and UNESCO-funded)

2010-2014: Teaching and research at Universities Koblenz-Landau and Göttingen, free-lance intercultural trainer

Since 2015: Post-doc at UL on the project: EDRESGOV - The New Governance of Educational Research: Comparing Trajectories, Turns and Transformations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway and Belgium

2017: Research Fellow at AICGS Johns Hopkins University

2018: Research Fellow at Graduate School of Education Stanford University

Last updated on: 22 Aug 2018

Research interests:

  • Globalization of educational and social policies and policy-making
  • International organizations
  • New modes of governance and knowledge production in education
  • Neoinstitutionalism, world culture theory


Last updated on: 22 Aug 2018

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See detail(Re)shaping Educational Research through ‘Programmification’: Institutional Expansion, Change, and Translation in Norway
Zapp, Mike; Helgetun, Jo B.; Powell, Justin J W

in European Journal of Education (2018), 52

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See detailEuropean Educational Research (Re)Constructed
Zapp, Mike; Marques, Marcelo; Powell, Justin J W; Biesta, Gert; Helgetun, Jo B.

Book published by Symposium Books - First Edition (2018)

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See detailHow does research evaluation impact educational research? Exploring intended and unintended consequences of research assessment in the United Kingdom, 1986–2014
Marques, Marcelo; Powell, Justin J W; Zapp, Mike; Biesta, Gert

in European Educational Research Journal (2017), 16(6), 820-842

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See detailThe World Bank and Education: Governing (through) Knowledge
Zapp, Mike

in International Journal of Educational Development (2017), 1

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See detailTwo worlds of educational research? Comparing the levels, objects, disciplines, methodologies and themes in educational research in the United Kingdom and Germany, 2005–2015
Zapp, Mike; Marques, Marcelo; Powell, Justin J W

in Research in Comparative and International Education (2017), 12(4), 375-397

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See detailMoving towards Mode 2? Evidence-based Policy-Making and the Changing Conditions for Educational Research in Germany
Zapp, Mike; Powell, Justin J W

in Science and Public Policy (2017), 44(5), 645655

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See detailHow to Construct an Organizational Field: Empirical Educational Research in Germany, 1995–2015
Zapp, Mike; Powell, Justin J W

in European Educational Research Journal (2016), 15(5), 537-557

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See detailMuslime in der Psychotherapie – Ein kultursensibler Ratgeber
Zapp, Mike; Rezapour, Hamid

Book published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (2011)

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See detailTheorizing Global Social Policy: A Research Agenda
Zapp, Mike

Scientific Conference (2010)

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