Nicolai Götze is a researcher in the project "Multiple Competition in Research and Teaching: Organizational Competition and its Consequences in the Excellence Initiative and the Teaching Quality Pact" at the International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER) since June 2021. The project is part of the interdisciplinary DFG research group "Multiple Competition in the Higher Education System." He has also been involved in the APIKS Austria project since October 2021. From June 2016 to August 2021, he was a project staff member in the BMBF-funded German study of the international project "Academic Profession in Knowledge Society (APIKS)."

Thematically, his focus is at the intersection of higher education and science studies, organizational sociology, the sociology of competition and valuation studies. He engages in both methodologically and theoretically guided research on topics such as the status competition between higher education organization, the quantification of science, the relationship between the organization and the individual, and the relationship between science and society in a changing global political economy. Methodologically, he works with both quantitative (survey research and bibliometrics) and qualitative approaches of social research (interviews, case studies). His focus is on comparative, organizational and cross-national research.


Götze, Nicolai; Krücken, Georg; Seidenschnur, Tim (2022): Reflexionspfade von Ausschreibungswettbewerben. Die Exzellenzinitiative und der Qualitätspakt Lehre im Vergleich. Das Hochschulwesen 1+2, 49–59.

Schneijderberg, Christian; Götze, Nicolai & Müller, Lars (2022): A study of 25 years of publication outputs in the German academic profession. Scientometrics 127, 1–28 (2022).

Götze, Nicolai; Carvalho, Teresa; Aarrevaara, Timo (2021): Academics’ Societal Engagement in Diverse European Binary Higher Education Systems: A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis. In: Higher Education Policy 34 (1), S. 88–109. DOI: 10.1057/s41307-020-00222-w

Schneijderberg, Christian; Götze, Nicolai (2021): Academics’ Societal Engagement in Cross-country Perspective. Large-n in Small-n Comparative Case Studies. In: Higher Education Policy 3 (4), S. 1–17. DOI: 10.1057/s41307-021-00227-z

Schneijderberg, Christian; Götze, Nicolai; Jones, Glen A.; Bilyalov, Darkhan; Panova, Anna; Stephenson, Grace Karram; Yudkevich, Maria (2021): Does Vertical University Stratification Foster or Hinder Academics’ Societal Engagement? Findings from Canada, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Russia. In: Higher Education Policy 34 (1), S. 66–87. DOI: 10.1057/s41307-020-00219-5

Schneijderberg, Christian; Götze, Nicolai; Müller, Lars (2021): Academic Profession in Knowledge Societies (APIKS). In: GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA6709 Datenfile Version 1.0.0. (Open Access)

Schneijderberg, Christian; Götze, Nicolai (2020): Organisierte, metrifizierte und exzellente Wissenschaftler*innen. Veränderungen der Arbeits- und Beschäftigungsbedingungen an Fachhochschulen und Universitäten von 1992 über 2007 bis 2018, INCHER Working Paper 13, International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER), Universität Kassel. Volltext (PDF)

Schneijderberg, Christian; Müller, Lars; Götze, Nicolai (2020): Is the German Academic Profession on Metrification Autopilot? A Study of 25 Years of Publication Outputs, SocArXiv. DOI: 10.31235/

Steinhardt, Isabel, Schneijderberg, Christian, Götze, Nicolai, Baumann, Janosch, Krücken, Georg (2016). Mapping the quality assurance of teaching and learning in higher education: the emergence of a specialty? In: Higher Education. doi:10.1007/s10734-016-0045-5