- Since 04.2023: Head of the Swiss Observatory for Vocational Education and Training OBS SFUVET, Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET, Switzerland
- 2017-03.2023: Assistant Professor of Educational Governance, Hertie School – The University of Governance in Berlin, Germany; Head of the Educational Governance Research Team
- 12.2022-02.2023: Guest researcher at the Department of Education Studies, Centre for Comparative and International Education, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
- 2015-2017: Postdoctoral researcher (70%) & project coordinator (30%), Leading House “Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training (GOVPET)”, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
- 01.2015-03.2015: AICGS/DAAD Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C., USA
- 2013-2015: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Institute of Education & Society
- 2008-2013: Researcher, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Germany, Research unit “Skill Formation and Labor Markets”
- 09.2010: Guest researcher at the Institute of Educational Science, Universität Bern, Switzerland
- 03.2010: Guest researcher at the Department of Political Science, Universität Wien, Austria
- 2009-2012: Dr. phil. in Sociology, Awarded in Nov. 2012, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political & Social Sciences, Institute of Sociology.
Thesis title: “The Hybridization of Vocational Training and Higher Education in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland”; Reviewers: Heike Solga (WZB Berlin Social Science Center) & Kathleen Thelen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA)
- 2005-2008: M.A. Global Political Economy, Universität Kassel, Germany, Department of Social Sciences
- 2002-2005: B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, School of Economic and Social Studies
Graf, L., & Lohse, A. P. (2021). Advanced skill formation between vocationalization and academization: The governance of professional schools and dual study programmes in Germany. In P. Gonon, B. Regula (Eds.), Governance Revisited. Challenges and Opportunities for Vocational Education and Training (pp. 215-242). New York: Peter Lang.
Graf, L. (2021). Country size and educational change: Comparing reforms of skill formation in Germany and Switzerland. In C. Nägele, B. E. Stalder, M. Weich (Eds.), Pathways in Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning. Proceedings of the 4th Crossing Boundaries Conference in Vocational Education and Training, Muttenz and Bern online, European Research Network on Vocational Education and Training (VETNET (pp. 141-146).
Emmenegger, P., Graf, L., & Strebel, A. (2021). Die Rolle der Gewerkschaften in der Berufsbildung: Ein Vergleich Deutschlands und der Schweiz. In S. Dernbach-Stolz, P. Eigenmann, C. Kamm & S. Kessler (Hrsg.), Transformationen von Arbeit, Beruf und Bildung in internationaler Betrachtung (S. 61-78). Wiesbaden: Springer.
- 2022: Best Paper Award (1st place) at 7th International Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training, Zollikofen, Switzerland.
Paper title: “Conditions for cross-border policy transfer and cooperation: Analysing differences between higher education and vocational training”; co-authored with Anna P. Lohse
- 2019: Best Paper Award (2nd place) at 6th International Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training, Zollikofen, Switzerland.
Paper title: “Embedded Flexibilization and Polite Employer Domination – The Case of Short-track Apprenticeships in Switzerland”; co-authored with Gina Di Maio and Anna Wilson
- 2017/2018: Hertie School Excellence Award in the Category “Citizenship” in recognition of extraordinary achievements in academic citizenship; Hertie School, Berlin
- 2018: Eric M. Warburg speaker (ACG) giving talks in Charlotte NC, Atlanta GA, and San Francisco CA, USA
- 2014: Best dissertation award, Higher Education Section of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Toronto, Canada
- 2014: Ulrich-Teichler-Prize of the German Association for Higher Education Research, Dortmund, Germany (awarded for dissertation)
- 2005: Student Prize in Economics at the Final Assessment (B.A. graduation), School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK