I am Julie M. Birkholz a Post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Department of Sociology at Ghent University, Belgium. My research focuses on the conditions that influence the emergence of alliance structures of higher education institutions and the effects of these structures on implementing higher education tasks and achieving institutional goals. I take a social network approach drawing from multiple theoretical perspectives in investigating inter-organizational alliances, with a focus on quantitative social network analysis to systematically compare contexts, structures and outcomes in understanding the policy arena of higher education.
From 2009 – 2014 I was a PhD Candidate at the Network Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands researching large social network dynamics through the lens of modern knowledge production behaviors in science. In my PhD project I investigated the dynamics of large social networks (> 1000 nodes) using a combination of social network analysis, bibliomterics and the development of computational social models – such as the mean-field model with colleagues at the VU.
My research interests also include altmetrics – http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/. My studies on this topic are related to the use and effects of social media by both higher education institutions and researchers. I have worked on questions of external validity of measuring science online, as well as how HEIs in particular are responding to the emergence of altmetrics and online dissemination practices.
Specializations: social network analysis, collaboration, higher education studies, science and technology studies, new modes of knowledge production (Mode-2, Triple Helix, new governance structures), altmetrics, & innovation.
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