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Dr Aniko Horvath
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
  • Research Associate
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Prior to coming to UCL, Aniko has worked at King’s College London, the University of Bristol, Goldsmiths University, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Aniko’s research at CGHE focuses on system-level governance in higher education; organizational management and leadership; institutional diversity; universities as complex global transnational organizations; the role of the state and marketization as key engines of change in higher education; organizational structures and (in)formal practices restricting/enabling innovation and creativity in complex organizations; processes of control, compliance and contestation in universities; the impacts of system-level shocks to the HE sector (using Brexit as a case study); as well as inequalities, class and employment relations within academia.

While in recent years Aniko’s primary focus of inquiry has been higher education, over the years, as an academic researcher, she also studied organizational processes in urban settings, aiming to understand the reproduction of inequalities and poverty over long periods of time and under different political-administrative regimes. One of her sustained research interests, crosscutting through all the above academic fields, has been to employ the insights offered by anthropological studies of scale, time and space to understand micro, mezzo and macro processes that shape organizations and organizational cultures.

Research Summary

Areas of expertise

  • the anthropology of organizations
  • theories of organization and governance
  • urban anthropology
  • inequalities and social reproduction
  • nationalism, change and identity
  • qualitative research methods in anthropology/sociology

For more information and publications please visit my Centre for Global Higher Education profile at:

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