Dr. Andrea Kölbel

„Education and sciences require an international perspective. In an increasingly interconnected world, this is the only way in which we can understand and shape processes of transformation.”

Focus of work

  • Education & Research
  • Internationalisation of higher education
  • Digital transformations in the science system
  • Sustainability of research and sciences
  • Studies of international and forced migration

Curriculum vitae

As a social and economic scientist, Andrea Kölbel is specifically interested in innovation and transformation processes in education and science. She holds a doctorate in human geography from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the Central European University in Budapest. As a research associate at the Freie Universität Berlin, she helped to set up international university collaborations and taught on the topics of sustainability, globalisation and forced migration. Previously, she served as an education officer for the UN refugee agency and was in charge of planning, implementing and evaluating education programmes in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Andrea Kölbel has been working for the Institute for Innovation and Technology since 2018. She is responsible for projects aiming to promote early career researchers, digital solutions for refugees and other international students as well as scientific policy advice in times of crisis (Crisis Science Project). As head of the "New Knowledge Networks" group, which was newly founded in 2022, she provides strategic advice on key issues of education and research policy, including open science, data literacy and digital skills, and accompanies co-creative learning processes at the interfaces between science, politics and society.


Volker Wittpahl (Hrsg.); Bierau-Delpont, Frauke; Börner, Kai; Buhl, Claudia Martina; Busch, Anne; Creemers, Niklas; Demirci, Stefanie; Erckrath, Melanie; Frey, Felix P.; Hornbostel, Lorenz; Kerbusch, Jochen; Kölbel, Andrea; Korzynietz, Roman; Krabel, Stefan; Krahl Perez, Cristina; Kroushkov, Dimitar; Lehning, Lukas; Lutze, Maxie; Malchow, Jan-Ole; Martens, Martin; Moorfeld, Rainer; Müller, Marius; Ritter, Claudia; Rotter, Uwe; Schliep, Rainer; Schmidt, Anne; Schmietow, Bettina; Schweigel, Henry; Tillack, Désirée; Wangler, Leo; Wilhelm-Weidner, Arno; Wilsch, Benjamin; Wischmann, Steffen; Nicole Wittenbrink; Wolf, Stefan (2022): Resilienz. Leben – Räume – Technik
Bovenschulte, Marc ; Kölbel, Andrea; Palzkill, Matthias ; Peters, Robert (2022): Wie Datenpolitik dafür sorgen kann, dass Daten für politische Entscheidungen und Steuerung genutzt werden können
Kölbel, Andrea; Pfaff-Czarnecka, Joanna; Thieme, Susan (2022): Universities as Transformative Social Spaces. Oxford University Press.