Mathies Charles, academy research fellow

Mathies Charles, academy research fellow
RUU A323
Educational systems and society research area
Higher education studies team (HIEST)
Migration, mobilities and internationalization (miGroup)
Charles Mathies is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow based at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research. Dr. Mathies' research focuses on the role of global markets, politics, and infrastructures in the movement of knowledge, data, and people. His current research grant is focused on international student migration and mobility in Finland and Europe. Dr. Mathies sits on the editorial boards for Tertiary Education and Management journal (TEAM) and New Directions in Institutional Research (NDIR). He previously has held multiple university management positions in Europe and the United States primarily focused on strategic planning, data analytics, and institutional research. Dr. Mathies has published, taught, consulted and facilitated workshops globally on topics ranging from international student migration and mobility to higher education policy, strategic and institutional planning and data analytics. In 2015 he was named a Global Ambassador for the Association for Institutional Research AIR Forum (


Research Interests:
International student migration and mobility
Higher education data usage and analytics
Strategic planning in higher education
Educational policy
Evaluation and data - quantitative modeling (applied)
Political economy and higher education


Selected recent publications:
Mathies, C., Kivistö, J., & Birnbaum, M. (2019). Following the money? Performance-based funding and the changing publication patterns of Finnish academics. Higher Education. Online first.
Mathies, C. & Ferland, C. (Eds.) (2018). Institutional Research in the Digital EraNew Directions for Institutional Research. 178.
Mathies, C. (2018) The ethical use of data. New Directions for Institutional Research. 178: 85-97.
Mathies, C., & Weimer, L. (2018). A changing narrative for international students? The potential influence of Brexit and Trump. In Douglas Proctor & Laura Rumbley (Eds.), The Future Agenda for Internationalization in Higher Education : Next Generation Insights into Research, Policy, and Practice. (pp. 144-152.). Oxon: Routledge.
Mathies, C. (2018). Uses and Misuses of Data. In K. L. Webber (Ed.), Building Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education (pp. 95-111). Knowledge Studies in Higher Education, 4. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71162-1_7
Mathies, C., & Ferland, C. (2017). Innovative Strategic Planning for the Institution. In K. Powers, & P. J. Scholss (Eds.), Organization and Administration in Higher Education (pp. 105-122). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.