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. More recently, I have developed a growing research interest in novel forms and dynamics of bureaucratization within universities.
I also have a longstanding research interest in the sociology of organizations more broadly.
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Performance-Based Governance In Australian Universities: A Case Of ‘Coercive’ Isomorphism?
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Formally Alive yet Practically Complex: An Exploration of Academics' Perceptions of Their Autonomy as Researchers
Peter Woelert, Jenny M Lewis, Ai Tam Le
Journal article | 2020 | Higher Education Policy
Over the last two to three decades, many universities around the world have seen an increase in both organizational autonomy and p..
The changing fortunes of intermediary agencies: Reconfiguring higher education policy in Norway and Australia
P Woelert, J Jungblut
Book Chapter | 2018 | Higher Education Dynamics
The rising importance of higher education policy among contemporary states and societies and the apparent move towards knowledge e..
Institutional isomorphism and the creation of the unified national system of higher education in Australia: An empirical analysis
G Croucher, P Woelert
Journal article | 2016 | Higher Education
Previous research has highlighted the occurrence of isomorphic tendencies— convergences in terms of formal organizational structur..
The 'logic of escalation' in performance measurement: An analysis of the dynamics of a research evaluation system
Journal article | 2015 | Policy and Society
This paper makes a conceptual contribution to the understanding of the 'alternative logics' (Pollitt) occurring in performance mea..
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