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Marco Seeber


Professor of Public Policy and Administration

HU026 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

Research interests

Public policies, governance, and management/administration, with a focus on Higher Education and public science, and adopting multilevel, comparative, quantitative and mixed methods research designs. Key topics of interest: implementation and impact of policies and policy instruments (e.g. NPM, research metrics), science institutions (peer review), openness of HE and scientific system (internationalization, interdisciplinarity, academic careers).

Publication outlets - among others: Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, Public Management Review, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Scientometrics, Research Evaluation, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. The work on self-citations has been featured in Nature Index , the London School of Economics impact blog a b , interviewed for  Nature , Science and Physics Today . His co-authored paper on the competition for attracting talent won the Swiss Prize for Research in Education 2019. He is among the promoters and authors of the appeal to share peer review data featured in Nature. He collaborates with COST research funding agency since 2017. He is regularly invited as a speaker about academic publishing business, peer review, and research ethics (e.g., at Mahindra Center, Harvard University).

Co-Editor-in Chief of the European Journal of Higher Education with Manja Klemencic, co-founder and member of SQUARES - Support in quantitative research and statistics-  at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Courses and teaching


ORG 411 - Organizational Change and Change Management (MA)

IS 110 - Organizational Theory (BA)

ME 400 - Research Methodology and Statistics (MA) 

ME 631 - Researching Social Sciences: Philosophical and Methodological Foundations - coordination and Quantitative research (PHD)

ME-413 - Research Methods in Development and Planning Studies (Quantitative) (MA)

ORG 447 - Governance and Networks in the Public Sector (Boundary spanners I, II, Public-private partnerships) (MA)

ST 423 - Research Design and Advanced Methods for the Social Sciences (How to write a Master Thesis, Quantitative Research) (MA)


past courses

ST 400 - Political Systems and Governance (Governance of public higher education and Science) (MA)

ORG 445-1 - Leadership in the Public Sector - (Leadership in Higher Education and Science; Strategic Leadership) (MA)



Work experience

Previous employers: University of Lugano (Switzerland) and Ghent University (Belgium)

PhD and research assistant (2006-2010): University of Chieti Pescara (Italy) and CNR- Rome (Italy)


Selected projects

TEFCE (2018– 2019) – Multinational comparative project for the European Commission aimed to understand how to improve the community engagement of universities. 

Survey on International students - City of Ghent and Higher Education Institutions in Ghent (2018-2019) – Role: expert

European University Association (2017- 2018) – Survey on Doctoral Education among EUA members – Role: expert

MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS (2016 -2017) – FP7 ex post and H2020 interim evaluation – Role: external expert counselling for data analysis

HEREL (2016 – 2017) – Project for the European Commission. Comparative study of eight countries exploring policies promoting the relevance of Higher Education

SHERDE (2015-2016) - Project for the European Commission. Comparative study of eight countries aimed to study Structural Higher Education Reforms

EUNIVATION (2015-2016) Project for the European Commission, aimed to study universities’ contributions to innovation capacity – Role: external expert, indicators design, literature review.

COST action (2014- 2018) – “Reforming Peer review” action TD 1306 – Role: Dissemination and Outreach co-ordinator, member of the workgroup on theory and concepts.

ERAWATCH (2013) – Platform on Research and Innovation policies and systems: Analytical Country report on Switzerland – Role: Expert for the European commission

ESPON-AMCER Project (2012) - Project for the European Commission. Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level

LOMBARDY REGION (2011)– A system of indicators for the Management of a Regional Higher Education system

TRUE (2010) – Comparative multinational project studying the changes in the governance of European universities - Role: studying the funding and evaluation systems of the eight European countries, Guidelines for analysing survey data.


Selected publications

Scientific publications

  • Piro, Fredrik Niclas; Seeber, Marco; Wang, Lili (2024). Regional and sectoral variations in the ability to attract funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program and Horizon 2020. Scientometrics. ISSN: 0138-9130. doi:10.1007/s11192-024-04942-3.
  • Debernardi, Carlo; Seeber, Marco; Cattaneo, Mattia (2024). Thirty years of climate change research: A fine-grained analysis of geographical specialization. Environmental Science and Policy. ISSN: 1462-9011. 152doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2023.103663.
  • Seeber, Marco; Vlegels, Jef; Cattaneo, Mattia (2022). Conditions that do or do not disadvantage interdisciplinary research proposals in project evaluation. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. ISSN: 2330-1635. doi:10.1002/asi.24617.
  • Seeber, Marco; Alon, Ilan; Pina, David G.; Piro, Fredrik Niclas; Seeber, Michele (2022). Predictors of applying for and winning an ERC Proof-of-Concept grant: An automated machine learning model. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN: 0040-1625. 184doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2022.122009.
  • Seeber, Marco; Vlegels, Jef; Reimink, Elwin; Marušić, Ana; Pina, David G. (2021). Does reviewing experience reduce disagreement in proposals evaluation? Insights from Marie Skłodowska-Curie and COST Actions. Research Evaluation. ISSN: 0958-2029. doi:10.1093/reseval/rvab011.
  • Seeber, Marco; Mampaey, Jelle (2021). How do university systems' features affect academic inbreeding? Career rules and language requirements in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Higher Education Quarterly. ISSN: 0951-5224. doi:10.1111/hequ.12302.
  • Huisman, Jeroen; Vlegels, Jef; Daenekindt, Stijn; Seeber, Marco; Laufer, Melissa (2021). How satisfied are international students? The role of town, gown and motivations. Compare. ISSN: 0305-7925. doi:10.1080/03057925.2020.1867826.
  • Seeber, Marco; Horta, Hugo (2021). No road is long with good company. What factors affect Ph.D. student’s satisfaction with their supervisor?. Higher Education Evaluation and Development (HEED). ISSN: 2514-5789. 15 (1). s 2 - 18. doi:10.1108/HEED-10-2020-0044.
  • Seeber, Marco (2019). Framework and operationalisation challenges for quantitative comparative research in higher education. Higher Education Quarterly. ISSN: 0951-5224. 74 (2). s 162 - 175. doi:10.1111/hequ.12245.
  • Seeber, Marco (2020). How do journals of different rank instruct peer reviewers? Reviewer guidelines in the field of management.. Scientometrics. ISSN: 0138-9130. 122s 1387 - 1405. doi:10.1007/s11192-019-03343-1.
  • Civera, Alice; Cattaneo, Mattia; Meoli, Michele; Paleari, Stefano; Seeber, Marco (2020). Universities’ responses to crises: the influence of competition and reputation on tuition fees. Higher Education. ISSN: 0018-1560. doi:10.1007/s10734-020-00622-2.
  • Squazzoni, Flaminio; Ahrweiler, Petra; Barros, Tiago; Bianchi, Federico; Birukou, Aliaksandr; Blom, Harry J. J.; Bravo, Giangiacomo; Cowley, Stephen; Dignum, Virginia; Dondio, Pierpaolo; Grimaldo, Francisco; Haire, Lynsey; Hoyt, Jason; Hurst, Phil; Lammey, Rachael; MacCallum, Catriona; Marusic, Ana; Mehmani, Bahar; Murray, Hollydawn; Nicholas, Duncan; Pedrazzi, Giorgio; Puebla, Iratxe; Rodgers, Peter; Ross-Hellauer, Tony; Seeber, Marco; Shankar, Kalpana; Van Rossum, Joris; Willis, Michael J. (2020). Unlock ways to share data on peer review. Nature. ISSN: 0028-0836. 578 (7796). s 512 - 514. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00500-y.
  • Seeber, Marco; Piro, Fredrik Niclas; Debernardi, Carlo (2023). Winning an ERC grant: country and institutional variations in success rate and their causes.
  • Piro, Fredrik Niclas; Seeber, Marco; Wang, Lili (2022). Regional and sectorial variations in attractiveness of funding from the European Union’s Framework Programs: evidence of increasing divergence.
  • Seeber, Marco; Wang, Lili (2022). Regional and sectorial variations in attractiveness of funding from the European Union’s Framework Programs: evidence of increasing divergence.

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