Marc Torka

Job title: 
Research associate, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney (Australia) and WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Marc is a sociologist of higher education, science and the profession. His general interest is how, if at all, institutional changes impact on the practice of academic and professional work. His current research project 'International comparison of doctoral training practices' compares practices of doctoral research and supervision in the social sciences and physics within the German chair, Australian lecturer and US graduate school system.

Marc is currently visiting scholar at the Center of Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at UC Berkeley, research associate at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney in Australia, research fellow of the German Research Foundation and senior researcher at WZB Berlin Social Science Center.


  • Matthies, H., & Torka, M. (2019): Academic Habitus and Institutional Change: Comparing Two Generations of German Scholars. Minerva 57(3), 345-371. doi:10.1007/s11024-019-09370-9
  • Torka, M. (2018): Projectification of Doctoral Training? How Research Fields Respond to a New Funding Regime. Minerva 56(1), 59-83. doi:10.1007/s11024-018-9342-8
  • Krücken, G., Kosmützky, A. & Torka, M. (eds.) (2007): Towards a Multiversity? Universities between Global Trends and National Traditions. Bielefeld: transcript.
Research interests: 

Academic and professional socialization, work, careers and governance structures