Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993
    Abitur (A-levels), Gymnasium Eichenschule (grammar school) in Scheessel, Germany

  • 1994 – 1996
    Studied political science, modern history and applied cultural studies, University of Münster, Germany

  • 1996 – 1997
    Studied political science, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Bordeaux, France; course in international relations and international law, Erasmus exchange programme

  • 1997 – 1998
    Master of Arts (M. A.) in "International Relations", University of Nottingham, UK; course in international relations and international law

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research Assistant, Nottingham Trent University, UK; revision of the German-language sub-sections of the project "Election Rhetoric in Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and the United States"

  • 1999
    Research associate, University of Greifswald; continuation of the project in Nottingham on election rhetoric, employed under the Chair in comparative political science

  • 1999 – 2003
    Doctoral studies in political and social sciences, European University Institute Florence (EHI), Italy

  • 2001
    Studied "Public Administration", Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University (NYU), USA; Exchange programme of the EHI course on non-profit organisations and management (all "A" marks)

  • 2001
    Visiting Researcher, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK; worked on and introduced my doctoral project

  • 2003 – 2006
    Research associate, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State", project C4: Internationalisation of education policy

  • 2004
    "Visiting Fellow", Centre for Globalisation and Policy Research, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA; Research for the project "Internationalisation of education policy"

  • Since 2004
    Coordination of tasks for the project, assumed teaching and departmental tasks

  • 2006
    Visiting Scholar, European University Institute Florence (EHI), Italy; European Forum: Assessing the Quality of Education and Its Relationships with Inequality in European and Other Modern Societies; Presentation on the project "Internationalisation of education policy"

  • 2007
    Karl W. Deutsch visiting professor, Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB); worked on the book project to "Education in Political Science – Discovering a Neglected Field"

  • 2007 – 2009
    W1 assistant professor of international relations and global society, University of Bremen; Department of Social Sciences

  • 2008
    Senior Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, USA; work on the research project, "Why is there no PISA Shock in the US: A Comparison of German and American Education Policy"

  • 2008 – 2009
    Parental leave & part-time work (50%)

  • Since 2009
    W2 professor, for a 5-year term, of international relations and global society, University of Bremen; in the Department of Social Sciences; Member of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); associated with the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS)

  • 2009 – 2010
    Parental leave & part-time work (50%)

Selected publications

  • Knodel, P. et al.: Das PISA-Echo – Internationale Reaktionen auf die Bildungsstudie, Campus (Series: Staatlichkeit im Wandel), 2010.

  • Jakobi, A.P., Martens, K., Wolf, K.D. (eds.): Education in Political Science – Discovering a Neglected Field, Routledge (Series: ECPR Studies in European Political Science), 2010.

  • Martens, K. et al.: Transformation of Education Policy, Palgrave Macmillan (Series: Transformations of the State), 2010.

  • Martens, K., Jakobi, A.-P. (eds.) (2010, in press): Mechanisms of OECD Governance – International Incentives for National Policy Making, Oxford University Press.

  • Hurrelmann, A. et al.: Zerfasert der Nationalstaat? Die Internationalisierung politischer Verantwortung, Campus (Series: Staatlichkeit im Wandel), 2008.

  • Hurrelmann, A. et al.: Transforming the Golden-Age Nation State, Palgrave Macmillan (Series: Transformations of the State), 2007.

  • Martens, K., Rusconi, A., Leuze, K. (eds.): New Arenas of Education Governance – The Impact of International Organisations and Markets on Education Policy Making, Palgrave Macmillan (Series: Transformations of the State), 2007.

  • Frantz, C., Martens, K.: Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGOs), VS-Verlag (Series: Elemente), 2006.

  • Martens, K.: NGOs and the United Nations – Institutionalization, Professionalization and Adaptation, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

  • Martens, K.: Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the UNESCO System – A Case Study, Viademica-Verlag 1999.


Selected projects

  • Consultant to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), collaboration within the framework of the project to internationalise education policy

  • Workshop coordination, University of Bremen, Germany, Maastricht University, Netherlands, 2010; Peer review as an instrument of global governance

  • Workshop coordination, project C4: internationalisation of education policy in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), November 2009; The role of international organisations in modernising and optimising national educational systems: potential approaches for reforming the German educational and university system (together with Michael Dobbins, Konstanz)

  • Co-editor of the series Transformations of the State, since 2007; Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State", Palgrave Macmillan

  • Research funding made available within the framework of the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) for the full period of membership, 2007 – 2012

  • Project head, University of Bremen, project C4: Internationalisation of education policy, Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State"; continuation of the project in the second phase, 2007 – 2010

  • Workshop coordination, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State", 2007; organiser and manager of an international colloquium, "Governance and Education. Rediscovering a Neglected Field for Political Science" within the framework of the project "Internationalisation of education policy"

  • Workshop coordination, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State", 2007; organiser and manager of an international colloquium "The OECD as Actor in international Politics" within the framework of the project "Internationalisation of education policy"

  • Workshop organisation, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Workshop Sessions,

    Helsinki, Finland, 2007; organiser and manager of an international workshop, "Reforms in Education Policy: Internationalisation – Privatisation – Governance"

  • Workshop coordination, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State", 2005; organiser and manager of an international colloquium, "New Arenas of Educational Governance" within the framework of the project "Internationalisation of education policy"

  • Coordination of project reports, University of Bremen,

    Project C4: Internationalisation of education policy, Collaborative Research Centre 597 "Transformations of the State"; took over project coordination, 2004 – 2006

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the examination committee for the B.A. in political science, since 2009

  • Member of the central appeal committee, since 2009

  • Chairperson of the examination committee for the M.A. in political science, since 2009

  • External member of the search committee for the junior professorship in "International Politics" at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, 2008 – 2009

  • Member of the forum "Demographic Change" of the Federal President, in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, 2005 – 2006

  • "Senior Facilitator" (group leader) in the European Ph.D. Network on Civil Society, commenting on doctoral projects, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004

  • Representative of the teaching staff on the search committee for the professorship in "International Relations I: political science with a focus on international and transnational relations, including peace and conflict studies" at the University of Bremen, 2004

  • Representative of the teaching staff on the search committee for the professorship in "International Relations II: Politics and economics in global society" at the University of Bremen, 2004

  • Representative of the teaching staff on various doctoral committees at the University of Bremen, 2003 – 2006

  • Representative of the teaching staff on the publication committee of the Collaborative Research Centre "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen, working papers series and publication of books, 2003 – 2006

  • Student representative in the selection committee for future doctoral students at the European University Institute Florence, Italy, 2000

Additional qualifications

  • Mentoring programme for junior professors at the University of Bremen, funded by the Stifterverband (donors' association) for German Science, 2007 – 2008

  • Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance in Hamburg, Berlin & Paderborn, 2 weeks, "Mapping the Global Future – Scenarios of Change, Challenges and Chances", 2007

  • Certificate "Hochschuldidaktische Qualifizierung", qualification in higher education instruction, a federally recognised curriculum in continuing education for university instructors, cooperative effort of the University of Bremen, University of Oldenburg and University of Osnabrück, 2005 – 2008

  • Election observer training, Berlin, weekend seminar, led by the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF), 2003

  • Essex Summer School on Social Science Data Analysis

    Colchester, UK, 2 weeks, course in survey research methods, 2002

  • Academy on managing non-profit organisations

    Berlin, one week, project, the Berlin University of Arts, 1999

  • BASF Academy Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Antwerp, Belgium, for a total of three weeks; topic: "Globalisation and the challenges for Germany", 1997


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Parental leave, 2008 – 2008

  • Parental leave, 2009 – 2010

  • UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany; 6-week practical work placement in the preparation and running of an international conference on the future of adult education, 1997

  • Goethe Institute Mumbai (Bombay), India; 2½-month practical work placement in the cultural department of the Institute, participated in the organisation of projects, assisted visitors, 1996

  • Daily newspaper Die Welt, Hamburg, Germany; 3-week practical work placement in the editorial department, authored various articles that appeared in the newspaper, 1995

  • Molfsee open-air museum, Kiel, Germany; 4-week practical work placement in the museum's administrative office, various activities, 1994

  • Weekend teacher in the boarding school of the Eichenschule school in Scheessel, Germany; cared for adolescents ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, developed programmes of activities, supervisory functions, 1994 – 1997

  • Language assistant at Portree High School, Isle of Skye, Scotland; assisted in German instruction, selected and sent by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD – teacher exchange service), 1993 – 1994


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