Prof. Dr Dr h.c.; has diverse academic and political advisory positions behind him. After studying English, pedagogy, philosophy, social sciences and history in Vienna and Freiburg, he wrote his dissertation on Ernst Bloch in 1972 while working as a civil servant at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research in Vienna. In 1974 he was named Professor for Higher Education Didactics at the University of Osnabrück. From 1986 to 1998 he lead the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, holding the professorship for Sociology and Jewish Studies up until his retirement in March 2011. Daxner’s specialised fields include educational policy, conflict research and intervention analysis. He was active in these fields from 2000-2002 as the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Principal International Officer for Education and Science, becoming a consultant in the UNMIK Office in Belgrade and later an advisor for the Austrian Ministry of Science for the promotion of science and education in southern Europe. He has also worked for the German Federal Foreign Office on rebuilding the higher education system in Afghanistan. Since 2008 he has researched “Governance in areas of limited statehood – new modes of governance?” as guest scientist for the Collaborative Research Centre 700 at the Free University, Berlin. Since 2010 he has also acted as a Senior Fellow with the Berghof Foundation. Michael Daxner is the author of numerous books and academic publications. Alongside publications on intervention culture in Afghanistan and the Balkans, his bibliography comprises work on European higher education and research policy and on the role played by universities in the knowledge society.