DR Peter Woelert

DR Peter Woelert


  • Higher education policy & governance
  • Phenomenology & philosophy of technology
  • Research policy
  • Sociology of organizations



  • I am a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, with a background in philosophy (PhD, University of New South Wales) and sociology (M.A., University of Frankfurt, Germany).

    My research focuses on exploring governance and organizational dynamics in the university sector. I have researched and published on issues such as universities’ internal responses to national funding settings, the politics of research performance measurement, universities’ organizational autonomy, and the unintended effects of large-scale policy and governance reform on institutional diversity.

    I further have longstanding research interests in the sociology of organizations, the philosophy of technology, and phenomenological philosophy.   


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Additional Grant Information

  • Recent research grants: • 'Between autonomy and control: University governance in Australia’. MRGSS – Melbourne Research Grant Support Scheme ($ 30,000). • ‘Performance-based governance in Australian universities: A case of ‘coercive’ isomorphism?' University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Award ($21,144).   


Education and training

  • PHD, University of New South Wales 2008
  • MA, University of Frankfurt 2004


Available for supervision

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