Having studied Business Administration, Sociology and Education at the Universities in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Mandy worked in several vocational and higher education projects. 2017 she finished her PhD at the Humboldt University in Berlin in Higher Education research at the Institute for Tertiary Education Research. Focus of her research is institutional development and change. Mandy questioned the factors of success of postgraduate master programs at Universities of Applied Sciences. She was a fellow of the Hans Böckler Foundation and holds the Gustav Heinemann Bürgerpreis (2013) for her engagement in civic education. She works as a researcher for the iit Institute for Innovation and Technology and as lecturer at Alice-Salomon-Hochschule Berlin, Fachhochschule Potsdam and Martin-Luther-University Halle.