On February 28, Nadiia Kachynska successfully defended her PhD thesis titled “Fostering Global Norms of Research Excellence: National Policies and Strategic Responses of Public Universities in Central and Eastern Europe.” Her thesis examines national policy interpretations of global research excellence norms in Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, and how universities have responded to these norms. Drawing from interviews with policy experts and senior university administrators at 9 case study universities and documentary analysis, she explains how university organizational identities shape their responses to global norms, bringing a perspective from outside of “the global core” to the scholarly discussion on university research excellence.

Dr. Kachynska is a Strategic Program Manager at George Brown College.