Dr. Merli Tamtik



Assistant Professor
Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology (EAF&P)

(204) 474-9606
Room 263 Education Building


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Dr. Merli Tamtik joined the faculty in January 2016 after completing her SSHRC-post-doctoral studies at York University. Her two-year postdoctoral research project focused on policy coordination issues in Canadian innovation policy. Her PhD thesis, titled “Expertise and Policy Learning – The Case of EU’s Research Policy”, examined policy learning initiatives as a coordination method in the European Union context. Other significant research contributions involve examining internationalization of higher education as a norm-building process, the impact of research funding agencies in shaping the research agenda of universities and the strategic planning process in Canadian universities. Merli has worked as a sessional instructor at Western University and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, teaching courses in educational policy, international education and higher education. In 2014, Dr. Tamtik received an Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge Award by Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

2015 – SSHRC postdoctoral studies, York University
2013 – PhD, University of Toronto/OISE
2009 – MA, University of Toronto/OISE
2006 – MA, University of Tartu, Estonia
1998 – BA, University of Tartu

Areas of Specialization:
Post-secondary education, higher education administration, internationalization, comparative and international education, education policy

Research Interests:
Policy coordination in multi-level governance
Science and research policy
Innovation and ways of knowing
International and multicultural education, transatlantic cooperation, international educational partnerships
Research methods in social sciences