Eva Maria Vögtle

Dr. Eva Maria Vögtle

Research Area Governance in Higher Education and Science
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After completing her doctorate at the Department of Political and Administrative Sciences at the University of Konstanz, Eva Vögtle worked at the Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Statehood in Transition" at the University of Bremen before joining the DZHW in September 2013. There, between 2013 and 2016, she was involved in the project evaluation of the federal-state competition "Advancement through Education: Open University", and from 2017 to the end of 2019 she was part of the EUROSTUDENT team. In 2019, she led a project on higher education governance and its comparability between the German Länder. Since January 2020, as part of her postdoctoral position, she has conducted research on the conceptualisation and comparative measurement of academic freedom in the European context and on socio-economic conditions of students in Europe. In addition, applying quantitative network analysis, she has been conducting research on determinants of transnational student mobility since 2016 as part of the DZHW research cluster "Mobility of the Highly Skilled" and since 2021 as part of the research cluster "Mobility and Migration-Specific Inequalities".

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Academic research fields

Transnational Student Mobility, International Comparative Policy Convergence and Diffusion Research, Bologna Process, Social Network Analysis, Higher Education Governance, Institutions and Policies of the European U

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Research cluster: Mobility and Migration-Specific Inequalities
EUROSTUDENT VII
EUROSTUDENT
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Mobile and Immobile Students’ Characteristics and Programme Choices.

Vögtle, E. (2021).
Mobile and Immobile Students’ Characteristics and Programme Choices. In Cairns, D. (Hrsg.), The Palgrave Handbook of Youth Mobility and Educational Migration (S. 247-259). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64235-8
Abstract

Numerous benefits have been associated with study-related experiences abroad such as employability, wage gains, and soft-skills. Thus, the topic of international student mobility is closely connected to issues of equity and access to higher education. This chapter places special emphasis on differences in mobility rates by gender, field of study, and type of higher education institution. Eurostudent data is used to analyse credit-seeking enrolment and it is distinguished between mobility organised in the realm of programmes and independently organised short-term mobility phases. The mobility patterns of students in Eurostudent countries are quite varied with regard to the extent and types of mobility undertaken.

Der Einfluss des Demokratieniveaus von Staaten auf ihre Attraktivität als Studiendestination. Eine netzwerkanalytische Perspektive.

Vögtle, E.M., & Windzio, M. (2020).
Der Einfluss des Demokratieniveaus von Staaten auf ihre Attraktivität als Studiendestination. Eine netzwerkanalytische Perspektive. In M. Jungbauer-Gans & A. Gottburgsen, Migration, Mobilität und soziale Ungleichheit in der Hochschulbildung (S. 197-220). Wiesbaden, Springer VS.
Abstract

This article investigates the link between countries’ level of democracy and their ability to attract degree-mobile students from abroad. The network of international student mobility is analyzed for the time span between 2000 and 2009 in a cross-sectional manner, focusing on OECD and member countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Using Social Network Analysis and Exponential Random Graph Modelling, the study demonstrates that ties are more frequent when both countries in a dyad have either low or high levels of democracy, i. e., when there is homophily with regard to their democracy level. However, this applies only when the receiving country is economically wealthy

Students’ time budget in European comparative perspective. Results of the 6th round of EUROSTUDENT and an in-depth analysis of the Hungarian student survey.

Vögtle, E. M., & Hámori, Á. (2020).
Students’ time budget in European comparative perspective. Results of the 6th round of EUROSTUDENT and an in-depth analysis of the Hungarian student survey. In D. Großmann, C. Engel, J. Junkermann & T. Wolbring (Hrsg.), Studentischer Workload. Definition, Messung und Einflüsse (S. 145-177). Wiesbaden; Springer VS. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-28931-7
Abstract

This contribution investigates students’ time budget across 28 European Higher Education Area member countries from a (descriptive) comparative perspective and it provides an in-depth analysis for Hungarian students. Whether students spend more time in direct interaction with teaching staff, or studying on their own, reflects the varying requirements set by different types of higher education institutions, fields of study, and study programmes. Additionally, time investments vary among different groups of students

Looking for freedom? Networks of international student mobility and countries' levels of democracy.

Vögtle, E. M., & Windzio, M. (2020).
Looking for freedom? Networks of international student mobility and countries' levels of democracy. The Geographical Journal, 186(1), 103-115. https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12329
Abstract

This article analyses the network of international student mobility (ISM) between OECD and European Higher Education Area (EHEA) member countries between 2000 and 2009. It aims at investigating the link between countries’ level of democracy and how this impacts on their ability to attract degree‐mobile students from abroad. Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Exponential Random Graph Modelling (ERGM) are used to show that the ties of student mobility occur more often when both countries in the dyad have either low or high levels of democracy and when the receiving country is also economically wealthy. The network is characterized by a core‐periphery structure where a few countries act as hubs with numerous strong ties

20 years of the Bologna Process: Achievements and difficulties in tackling the social dimension of student life in Europe.

Vögtle, E. (2019).
20 years of the Bologna Process: Achievements and difficulties in tackling the social dimension of student life in Europe. (DZHW Brief 2|2019). Hannover: DZHW. https://doi.org/10.34878/2019.02.dzhw_brief

20 Jahre Bologna-Prozess-Hehre Ziele, moderate Erfolge? Bologna bietet den Staaten eine Struktur, nicht aber die Inhalte der Hochschulprogramme. Das hat Vor-und Nachteile.

Vögtle, E.M. (2019).
20 Jahre Bologna-Prozess-Hehre Ziele, moderate Erfolge? Bologna bietet den Staaten eine Struktur, nicht aber die Inhalte der Hochschulprogramme. Das hat Vor-und Nachteile. OeAD news (Nummer 109). Wien, Österreich.

20 Years of Bologna - a story of success, a story of failure. Policy convergence and (non-) implementation in the realm of the Bologna Process.

Vögtle, E. M. (2019).
20 Years of Bologna - a story of success, a story of failure. Policy convergence and (non-) implementation in the realm of the Bologna Process. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 32(4). 406-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/13511610.2019.1594717
Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide a condensed, up-to-date overview of the Bologna Process with regard to structural characteristics, before embedding it into a discussion on processes on voluntary policy convergence and to which extent we should be able to find this kind of policy harmonisation in the realm of the Bologna Process. Related to this are questions why this, in principle, completely voluntary process of policy harmonisation, has appealed to so many countries and why they might or might not feel committed to the implementation of its policies and tools.

What deters students of education and teacher training from enrolment abroad?

Vögtle, E. M. (2019).
What deters students of education and teacher training from enrolment abroad? EUROSTUDENT Intelligence Brief 2/2019.
Abstract

In view of the important role they will play in educating future generations, the Yerevan Communiqué (2015) defined students of education and teacher training as a relevant group with regard to cross-national student mobility. But what makes this group of students so different from the students in other fields of study? As the analyses in this Intelligence Brief demonstrate, enrolment abroad shares among students of education and teacher training are comparatively low across countries. Students of education and teacher training rate obstacles to enrolment abroad to be more deterring compared to the average across all students.

EUROSTUDENT VI Overview and selected findings: Social and economic conditions of student life in Europe.

Hauschildt, K., Vögtle, E., & Gwosć, C. (2018).
EUROSTUDENT VI Overview and selected findings: Social and economic conditions of student life in Europe. Bielefeld, Germany: W. Bertelsmann Verlag. https://doi.org/10.3278/104-274w
Abstract

This short report presents a condensed overview of the EUROSTUDENT Synopsis of Indicators - the central publication of the project and the result of the collaboration of a European-wide network including researchers, data collectors, representatives of national ministries, and other stakeholders. It comprises data from student surveys conducted in 28 countries in the European Higher Education Area during the sixth round of the EUROSTUDENT project.
This overview provides selected findings on topics such as characteristics of student populations, transition into and within higher education, study, working, and living conditions as well as international student mobility.

Social and economic conditions of student life in Europe: Synopsis of Indicators. EUROSTUDENT VI 2016-2018.

DZHW (Eds.) (2018).
Social and economic conditions of student life in Europe: Synopsis of Indicators. EUROSTUDENT VI 2016-2018. Bielefeld, Germany: W. Bertelsmann Verlag.

Bildungszusammenarbeit in Europa einschließlich ERASMUS +.

Vögtle, E. M. (2017).
Bildungszusammenarbeit in Europa einschließlich ERASMUS +. Stellungnahme zum öffentlichen Fachgespräch des Ausschusses für Bildung, Forschung und Technikfolgenabschätzung der Deutschen Bundestags, Berlin.

Networks of International Student Mobility: Enlargement and Consolidation of the European Transnational Education Space?

Vögtle, E.M., & Windzio, M. (2016).
Networks of International Student Mobility: Enlargement and Consolidation of the European Transnational Education Space? Higher Education, 1-19. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-015-9972-9
Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the impact of membership in the Bologna Process on patterns and driving forces of cross-national student mobility. Student exchange flows are analyzed for almost all Bologna Process member states and non-Bologna OECD members over a ten-year period (from 2000 to 2010). Based on social network analyses, we first visualize the exchange patterns between sampled countries. In doing so, we analyze the student exchange linkages to gain descriptive insights into the development of the network. Second, we use exponential random graph models (ERGM) to test which factors determine transnational student mobility.

The Network of International Student Mobility: Enlargement and Consolidation of the European Transnational Education Space?

Vögtle, E, & Windzio, M. (2015).
The Network of International Student Mobility: Enlargement and Consolidation of the European Transnational Education Space? TranState Working Papers 190. SFB Staatlichkeit im Wandel, Universität Bremen.

The Bologna Process as a template for transnational policy coordination.

Vögtle, E., & Martens, K. (2014).
The Bologna Process as a template for transnational policy coordination. Policy Studies, 35(3), 246-263. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2013.875147

Sweeping Change - But Does It Matter? The BP and Determinants of Student Mobility.

Fulge, T., & Vögtle, E. (2014).
Sweeping Change - But Does It Matter? The BP and Determinants of Student Mobility. In K. Martens, P. Knodel & M. Windzio (Hrsg.), A New Constellation of Statehood in Education Policy? (67-88). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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The ‘Global South’ in the transnational student mobility network. Effects of institutional (in)stability, reputation, post-colonial ties, and cultural homophily.

Vögtle, E. (2021, Juli).
The ‘Global South’ in the transnational student mobility network. Effects of institutional (in)stability, reputation, post-colonial ties, and cultural homophily. Vortrag auf der Konferenz IPSA Virtual 26th World Congress of Political Scientists, International Political Science Association, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
Abstract

While the important role of institutions and trust for economic transactions is well-acknowledged in institutional economics, the effects of appropriate institutions, historical legacies, and cultural similarities such as language and religion has not yet been systematically analysed in research on transnational student mobility. In our research, we analyse the phenomenon of transnational student mobility by combining and testing aspects of these different perspectives. We focus on outbound students and analyse what determines whether a particular country receives a high proportion of international students.

The ‘Global South’ in the transnational student mobility network. Effects of institutional (in)stability, reputation, post-colonial ties, and cultural homophily.

Vögtle, E. (2021, Juni).
The ‘Global South’ in the transnational student mobility network. Effects of institutional (in)stability, reputation, post-colonial ties, and cultural homophily. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 27th International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Reykjavík, Island.
Abstract

While the important role of institutions and trust for economic transactions is a well-acknowledged in institutional economics, the effects of appropriate institutions, historical legacies, and cultural similarities such as language and religion has not yet been systematically analysed in research on transnational student mobility. In our research, we start from the assumption that the more functional institutions of potential host countries are, the more attractive they are for foreign students. Using aggregate data, we focus on the attributes of countries and the relationship between them to explain patterns of international student exchange.

Declining or rising academic freedom: what is the European trend?

Vögtle, E. (2021, Juni).
Declining or rising academic freedom: what is the European trend? Vortrag auf der Konferenz 27th International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Reykjavík, Island.
Abstract

In the 2018 Bologna Process Implementation Report, consitutional and legal protection of academic freedom has been monitored; however, given the obvious discrepancies between law and practice in some EHEA countries, a purely legal analysis risks capturing a misleading picture if a country's de facto situation is not assessed against it. The paper to be presented is concerned with the impact of the Bologna Process on the de facto state of academic freedom. Thus we analyze not only whether countries have provisions for the protection of academic freedom in place, but also use the Academic Freedom Index (AFI) and its components to assess the actual state of academic freedom in the sampled countries.

Academic Freedom within the EHEA. Declining or Rising Academic Freedom?

Vögtle, E. (2021, Mai).
Academic Freedom within the EHEA. Declining or Rising Academic Freedom? Vortrag auf der Konferenz EUROSTUDENT VII-Final Conference, Malta Further & Higher Education Authority und DZHW, Rabat und Hannover, Malta und Deutschland.
Abstract

Having seen academic freedom challenged in some European Higher Education Area (EHEA) member countries, the protection of academic freedom is high on the Bologna Processes’ agenda until recently. The paper presented is concerned with the de facto state of academic freedom in the participating countries, given the obvious discrepancies between law and practice in some EHEA countries. In addition to monitoring constitutional and legal protection of academic freedom, the academic freedom index (AFi) and its components sre used to assess the actual state of academic freedom in the sampled countries. The lack of the students' perspective is also discussed.

The ‘Global South’ in the network of transnational student mobility. Effects of institutional stability, reputation, post-colonial ties, and cultural homophily.

Vögtle, E. (2021, März).
The ‘Global South’ in the network of transnational student mobility. Effects of institutional stability, reputation, post-colonial ties, and cultural homophily. Vortrag auf der Tagung Aktuelle Entwicklungen der Netzwerkforschung und Computational Social Science, Mark Lutter, Jan Riebling, Nico Sonntag und Linus Weidner, Universität Wuppertal, Deutschland.
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Which role does institutional fragility or stability play for the attractiveness of a country as study destination? How does this interact with socio-economic conditions? Is homophily between countries still influential for transnational student mobility if we analyze a global sample without any pre-selection of countries? Are colonial ties between countries still influential for the direction and intensity of student exchange networks?

The student mobility network in a global perspective. Effects of fragile states and post-colonial ties 2009-2017.

Vögtle, E. (2020, Februar).
The student mobility network in a global perspective. Effects of fragile states and post-colonial ties 2009-2017. Poster Präsentation auf der Spring Conference of the Section on Social Network Analysis of the German Sociological Association (DGS), Bremen.

The role of destinations countries’ socio-economic, cultural and geographic attributes for the attractiveness as study destination. A Network Perspective on International Student Mobility.

Vögtle, E. (2020, Januar).
The role of destinations countries’ socio-economic, cultural and geographic attributes for the attractiveness as study destination. A Network Perspective on International Student Mobility. Workshop zum Informationsaustausch zwischen BMBF, DAAD und DZHW, Hannover.

The role of destinations countries’ socio-economic, cultural and geographic attributes for the attractiveness as study destination.

Vögtle, E. M. (2019, Juni).
The role of destinations countries’ socio-economic, cultural and geographic attributes for the attractiveness as study destination. Presentation at the IMISCOE -International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion - 16thAnnual Conference "Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches, Malmö (Sweden).
Abstract

In our research, we analyse the phenomenon of international student mobility by combining and testing aspects of different perspectives (e.g. political, economic, and cultural factors) and, as others have done before (Spilimbergo, 2009; Vögtle and Windzio 2016), using aggregate data, we focus on the attributes of countries and the relationship between them to explain patterns of international student exchange between them.

Heterogeneous Effects of Studying Abroad.

Netz, N., & Vögtle, E. (2018, Oktober).
Heterogeneous Effects of Studying Abroad. Organisation des Workshops des DZHW-Forschungsclusters "Mobilität von Hochqualifizierten", DZHW, Hannover.

International student mobility and migration: trajectories, transitions, and social transformations.

Netz, N., Vögtle, E., Riaño, Y., Van Mol, C., & Raghuram, P. (2018, Oktober).
International student mobility and migration: trajectories, transitions, and social transformations. Organisation des Workshops des IMISCOE Research Clusters "International Student Mobility and Migration", DZHW, Hannover.

Transition into higher education of underrepresented groups and their study choices.

Vögtle, E. M. (2018, September).
Transition into higher education of underrepresented groups and their study choices. Vortrag auf der Tagung "Vielfalt und Implikationen studentischer Lebenslagen" zur 21. Sozialerhebung im Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover.
Abstract

With the introduction of higher education institutions following a different model than ‘traditional’ universities, access to higher education has been diversified. However, recent research has indicated that this institutional diversification is often accompanied by an increased degree of stratification with different types of institutions, or individual institutions, conveying different levels of prestige and, possibly, labour market returns (Arum, Gamoran, & Shavit, 2007; Reimer & Jacob, 2011; Triventi, 2013; Marconi, 2015; Marginson, 2016). Furthermore, existing research points towards the fact that students from disadvantaged backgrounds tend to concentrate in lower-prestige higher education institutions.

The Network of international student mobility.

Vögtle, E. M. (2018, Juni/Juli).
The Network of international student mobility. Presentation held during the Session Preferential attachment at the XXXVIII Sunbelt, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Abstract

Preferential attachment or hegemony, from a political science standpoint/perspective, means an indirect form of government in which the hegemon dominates geopolitically subordinated states by implicit means instead of direct military force. From social network perspective, a hegemon can be identified from the “common” states by its position in a cooperative network. In terms of Preferential attachment it is more likely that international students connect to a more central node (hence country) rather than to a marginal one. Thus already existing exchange relationships enforce future ones.

How to further student mobility for student groups that currently abstain from studying abroad?

Vögtle, E. (2018, Mai).
How to further student mobility for student groups that currently abstain from studying abroad? Panel discussant at the Conference "Conditions of Icelandic students in international comparison: Access, finance and opportunities to studies abroad", Reykjavík, Iceland.

Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe.

Vögtle, E. (2018, Mai).
Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe. Presentation held at the Conference "Conditions of Icelandic students in international comparison: Access, finance and opportunities to studies abroad", Reykjavík, Iceland.

EUROSTUDENT VI Final Conference.

Hauschildt, K., Gwosć, C., Vögtle, E., & Liedtke, M. (2018, März).
EUROSTUDENT VI Final Conference. Berlin, Deutschland.
Expert reports, peer reviews etc.

  • Applied Network Science
  • European Journal of Higher Education
  • Higher Education
  • Palgrave McMillan
  • Population, Space and Place
  • Springer VS
  • Studies in Higher Education
  • Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaften