Maarja Beerkens' research focuses on governance issues, regulation, and empirical policy analysis and evaluation. Her field of interest lies in higher education and science policy in which she has published academically as well as conducted policy advising in different parts of the world (Armenia, Botswana, EU countries).
Maarja Beerkens is associate professor and educational director at the Institute of Public Administration. Her research focuses on policy instruments, regulation and governance issues in a global context, particularly on information-based and self-regulatory policies. She is an expert in higher education and science policy and she publishes on a wide variety of topics from higher education financing, quality assurance and academic leadership to student experiences and teaching practices. Her interest in policy-relevant research is expressed in her involvement in a number of Dutch and international expert committees, keynote speeches, and various contract and consultancy projects for national and international organisations. She holds a doctoral degree in public policy from the UNC-Chapel Hill in the US.
Maarja Beerkens is a passionate teacher and a proud nominee of the Leiden University students’ best teacher prize. She teaches courses in regulatory theory and practice, state-market relationships and statistics.
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