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Dr. Isabel Steinhardt

Former Associate Researcher
Isabel Steinhardt

Isabel is a postdoc researcher at the University of Kassel since 2018 and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. She was previously involved in the project "External and internal quality assurance of teaching and learning through accreditation and evaluation processes" at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) Kassel. Since 2015, she is a member of the Competence Centre for Empirical Research Methods at the University of Kassel and offers advice on qualitative research methods. The blog "sozialwissenschaftliche Methodenberatung“ originated from this activity. Isabel was also a visiting scholar at Melbourne University in 2015 and at Universidad Católica Santiago de Chile in 2020. Since 2019 she is a mentor in the Open Science Fellow Program of Wikimedia, Volkswagenstiftung and Stifterverband.

In her habilitation project, Isabel is working on digital practices in research, teaching and studies. She is currently leading the research project AutoEthnographic Research on digital Teaching and its Support. In her research she also focuses on qualitative methods and Open Science. The topic of digital practices is also the focus of her collaboration with Research Group 11.


Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Former Associate Researcher:

Research Group „Digitalisation and Opening Up Science“

Former Research Fellow, June and July 2019:

Research Group "Digitalisation and Scientific Value Creation"


Fields of research

  • Social/Digital Practices
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Open Science
  • Habitus and Milieu Research
  • Governance



Steinhardt, Isabel 2018: Open Science-Forschung und qualitative Methoden – fünf Ebenen der Reflexion. In: MedienPädagogik 32.

Jungblut, Jens; Vukasovic, Martina und Steinhardt, Isabel 2018: Higher education policy dynamics in turbulent times – access to higher education for refugees in Europe. In: Studies in Higher Education,

Schneijderberg, Christian und Steinhardt, Isabel 2018: Accreditation of X qualities instead of quality X. A normative analysis of criteria of the German higher education accreditation regime. In: Higher Education Policy.

Steinhardt, Isabel; Schneijderberg, Christian; Krücken, Georg; Baumann, Janosch 2018. Externe und interne Qualitätssicherung durch Akkreditierungs- und Evaluationsverfahren: Ergebnisbericht. INCHER Working Paper 9, International Centre for Higher Education Research (Hrsg.),

Steinhardt, Isabel 2017: Higher Education Research, Germany. In: Teixeira P., Shin J. (Hrsg.) Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Dordrecht: Springer,

Steinhardt, Isabel; Götze, Nicolai; Schneijderberg, Christian; Baumann, Janosch; Krücken, Georg 2017: Mapping the Quality Assurance of Teaching and Learning. Emergence of a Speciality. In: Higher Education.

Steinhardt, Isabel 2016: Habitussensibilisierung durch Videoanalysen von Lehramtsstudierenden. In: Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung 11 (1), S. 225-237.

Steinhardt, Isabel 2015: Lehre stärkt Forschung. Studiengangentwicklung durch ProfessorInnen im Handlungssystem Universität. Wiesbaden: Springer/VS.



Universität Kassel