Who we are

EAIR – The European Higher Education Society, is a unique international association for higher education researchers, practitioners, students, managers and policy-makers.

EAIR has established itself since its inception in 1979 as an association of experts and professionals interested in the relationship between research, policy and practice in higher education. EAIR has developed from its roots as a European version of the US-based Association for Institutional Research (AIR), widening its sphere of interest to policy at all levels, institutional, national and international. In 1989 EAIR became an independent membership organisation.

Although the initials refer to institutional research, EAIR formally added ‘The European Higher Education Society’ to its logo and then appended the strap-line ‘Linking Research, Policy and Practice’. This reflects the direction that EAIR has taken: it crosses boundaries between types of activities and seeks to cater for a mix of researchers, lecturers, students, administrators, managers and policy-makers. Crossing boundaries means sharing best policy and management practices, learning from peers; exchanging and reflecting upon research findings. At the same time, we actively seek partnerships with like-minded organisations and associations.

Over the years EAIR has expanded considerably and currently has nearly 400 members from 50 different countries all over the world, including Africa, South America, Asia and Australasia. EAIR members are working in universities and other higher education institutions, primarily but not exclusively in Europe – either in university administration, or in academic departments with particular research interests in management issues. EAIR is also of relevance to policy makers in governmental ministries and policy units.

EAIR holds its annual Forum in August or September. EAIR publishes a journal ‘Tertiary Education and Management’ (TEAM) and a Monograph Series ‘Research, Policy and Practice in Higher Education’.

Browse this website to find out about EAIR, the benefits of becoming a member, when and where activities take place, how to communicate with colleagues within the field of higher education and do not hesitate to contact the EAIR Secretariat whenever you need more information.

The EAIR Secretariat is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Executive Director Gerlof Groenewoud
Administration Lina Suratin