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Aniko is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Organization Sciences at VU Amsterdam and a Researcher at the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of Oxford.

Aniko’s research focuses on system-level governance in higher education; the impact of locality and region on institutional governance; the role of the state and marketization in higher education; processes of control, compliance and contestation in universities; 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 she also studied organisational 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 organisations and organisational cultures.

Prior to coming to VU Amsterdam, Aniko has worked at the University of Oxford, University College London, 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.

Areas of expertise

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

Most recent books

Shattock, Michael, Aniko Horvath, and Jurgen Enders. The Governance of European Higher Education: Convergence or Divergence? London: Bloomsbury, 2022.

Shattock, Michael, and Aniko Horvath. The Governance of British Higher Education: The Impact of Governmental, Financial and Market Pressures. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

Forthcoming book

Shattock, Michael and Aniko Horvath. Universities and Regions. The Impact of Locality and Region on University Governance and Strategies. London: Bloomsbury, 2023.


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