The Center focuses on the analysis of governance of and in higher education, and on how the transformation of governance interlinks with the governance of transformation. The broader conceptual understanding refers to higher education governance in context of knowledge society, knowledge economy and knowledge democracy.


Center activities are:

  1. Combining basic research with applied research, integrated in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary frameworks of scientific and artistic research conduct;
  2. Reflecting on the pluralism of governance (for example New Public Management, Network Governance and Epistemic Governance) in connection with innovation and Third Mission (the entrepreneurial university), also the Fourth Mission (higher education as co-creator of society and democracy, and the academic firm);
  3. Contributing to theory-building work by inquiring on the Democracy Education Nexus, and concepts of the Quadruple and Quintuple Helix innovation systems (co-created by Carayannis and Campbell, “basic research in the context of application”);
  4. Engaging in major research activities, by participating in calls at the European (Union) level as well as by applying for national funding agencies;
  5. Offering practical advice and policy recommendations for governance to institutional actors in diversified settings (national, European and global), for example providing university leadership with continuing education input focusing on governance, also being accompanied by peer group designs;
  6. Providing academic-publication-input in peer-reviewed journals and other publication formats, including the department-level academic Journal of Research and Innovation in Higher Education, JRIHE;
  7. Supporting the Third and Fourth Mission narrative-diffusion about higher education, by leading the Uni Governance platform-and-blog, and co-organizing the annual conference of the “University Dialogue Krems”;
  8. Supervising the book series Sciences Transformation Politics and the Kremser Theses (Knowledge Research Education MULTIPLIER Society Enhancement Renaissance), both being distributed by the publisher Passagen-Verlag;
  9. Practicing research-based teaching interconnected with teaching-based research.


Research Projects


Duration: 28/02/2022–30/04/2024
Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems): David Friedrich James Campbell
Funding: EU


Zenk L.; Pausits A.; Brenner B.; Campell D.F.; Behrens D.A. Stöckler E.M.; Oppl St.; Steiner G. (2024). Meta-competences in complex environments: An interdisciplinary perspective. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 101515:

Campbell, D. F. J.; Carayannis, E. G. (2023). The academic firm within a Cyber-D4 environment. In: Carayannis, E. G.; Grigoroudis, E.; Campbell, D. F. J.; Katsikas, S. K., The Elgar Companion to Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in the Economy, Society and Democracy: 300–309, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham

Pausits, A.; Oppl, S.; Schön, S.; Fellner, M.; Campbell, D.F.J.; Dobiasch, M. (2023). Emergency and innovation: the impact of state-of-emergency on innovative educational practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. In: Carayannis, E. G.; Grigoroudis, E.; Campbell, D. F. J.; Katsikas, S. K., The Elgar Companion to Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in the Economy, Society and Democracy: 348-374, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham

Barbato, G.; Bugaj, J.; Campbell, D.F.J.; Cerbino, R.; Ciesielski, P.; Feliks-Dlugosz, A.; Milani, M.; Pausits, A. (2022). Performance indicators in higher education quality management of learning and teaching: lessons from a benchlearning exercise of six European universities. Quality in Higher Education, 28/1: 82-105

Carayannis, E. G.; Campbell, D. F. J. (2022). Towards an Emerging Unified Theory of Helix Architectures (EUTOHA): Focus on the Quintuple Innovation Helix Framework as the Integrative Device. Triple Helix, 9(1): 65-75

Carayannis, E. G.; Campbell, D. F. J.; Grigoroudis, E. (2022). Helix Trilogy: the Triple, Quadruple, and Quintuple Innovation Helices from a Theory, Policy, and Practice Set of Perspectives. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 13(3): 2272-2301

Pausits, A.; Geppert, C.; Lessky, F.; Campbell, D. F. J. (2022). Internationale Beispiele innovativer Hochschulkonzepte, Darstellung von Konzepten zu Lehre, Curriculum und Studienzulassung/Studienrekrutierung. Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

Campbell, D. F. J.; Pausits, A.; Reisky, F. (2022). Die Auswirkungen von COVID-19 auf die Lehre an Österreichs Hochschulen. Erste empirische Evidenzen und deren systematische Reflexion. zeitschrift für hochschulrecht, hochschulmanagement und hochschulpolitik, 55: 55-61

Carayannis, E. G.; Barth, T. D.; Campbell, D. F. J. (2022). O Modelo de Inovação da Hélice Quíntupla. O aquecimento global como desafio e motor da inovação. Revista Direito, Inovação e Regulações, 1(2): 89-111

Lessky, F.; Geppert, C.; Campbell, D. F. J.; Pausits, A. (2022). Die Situation von (Nachwuchs-)Wissenschafter:innen an österreichischen Hochschulen. Ergebnisse einer Sonderauswertung der APIKS-Austria-Befragung. Schriftenreihe Weiterbildung und lebensbegleitendes Lernen, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

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