Liudvika Leišytė is Professor of Higher Education and Deputy Director at the Center for Higher Education (zhb) at TU Dortmund University.
Prof. Leišytė holds a PhD degree in Public Administration from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. For ten years, she was involved in and managed various research projects at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (University of Twente), where she is still a visiting senior scholar. She was visiting professor at Nagoya University in Japan in 2019 and SciencesPo in France in 2022.
Prof. Leišytė has actively been involved in a number of international and national research projects studying changing university governance, and management, interdisciplinarity, quality assurance and evaluation, and digitalization in higher education. In 2018 she received the Emerald Literati Award for the Highly Commended paper 2018 in The Learning Organization international journal. During her postdoc at Harvard University in 2008–2009 she was carrying out two research projects. In 2008 she won the early career award for her paper on Professional Autonomy in Science at the PRIME/Globelics Latin America conference.
Prof. Leišytė has published five (co-edited) books on reforms of higher education, governance of higher education and organizational change in universities, with a sixth forthcoming Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Transformation of Higher Education. Her work has appeared in a number of prestigious international peer-reviewed journals, including Higher Education, Science and Public Policy, Studies in Higher Education, Minerva, Public Management, and Public Administration.
Prof. Leišytė is a member of editorial boards of Higher Education Policy, Triple Helix, The Learning Organization, Social Inclusion, and Sociological Research Online. She is an Advisory Board member of the Lithuanian Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency delegated by the Lithuanian Parliament Education and Science Committee. She is an appointed member of the project selection committee of the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre since 2021. In 2019 she served on the evaluation panel of the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) 'Centers of Excellence in Education' program. In 2023 Prof. Leišytė was elected as a member of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe).