Floris van Berckel Smit is a PhD Candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He holds a MSc degree in Public Governance (Utrecht University, 2017) and a MA degree in Political History (VU, 2018). Floris incorporates social science insights into historical research. His research focuses on:
- the history and governance of higher education;
- the rise and impact of (new public) management;
- organizational change;
- applied history and the learning histories method;
- oral history.
His research is embedded in the research group of Political History of the VU and the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent of Ghent University. He was a visiting scholar at Ghent University (2019-2020). Floris has participated in various projects in which he collaborated with historians, political scientists, educational scientists, public administration scholars, and management and organization scholars. In 2020 he received a NWO-grant to conduct research on the rise of New Public Management in Dutch and Flemish university governance (for more information about the project, see: https://universitygovernance.nl/).
His work on the varieties of New Public Management at the organizational level has been recognized and won the European Higher Education Society Outstanding Paper Award 2023.