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). I also currently work as the Graduate School's RHD Coordinator and am a Research Associate with the University's VC Office.

    My current research focuses on exploring the political dimensions of university and research governance systems, the effects of performance measurement systems on academic and institutional practices, organizational change within universities, and the opportunities and challenges afforded by institutional forms of university autonomy.

    I also have a continuing research interest in the philosophy of technology, with a particular focus on the epistemic, political and phenomenological dimensions of technological change and forms of measurement.



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Additional Grant Information

  • I am currently holding research grants for the following projects: • '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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