ERC Best Paper Award

After the Emerging Researchers' Conference participants are invited to hand in full papers, which are reviewed by a committee.

A paper can be submitted by more than one person (to a maximum of 3), but the first/leading author must have presented their paper at the Emerging Researchers' Conference.

Therefore all authors 

  • must be currently enrolled in a PhD programme or
  • must have finished their PhD not longer than 5 years ago and must be in the early stage of their careers (no professors).

The successful author is invited to next year’s conference (free entrance to ERC and ECER), will receive a 500,- € travel budget and his or her paper is considered for publication in the EERJ (European Educational Research Journal). Read more about EERJ...

Please note:

  • A paper that has already been submitted and/or accepted for publication elsewhere is not eligible to be entered into the ERC Best Paper Competition.
  • The competition is targeted at emerging researchers. However, it is recognised that PhD students sometimes co-author with their supervisors. As long as the main author(s) is/are an emerging researcher, the papers can be submitted for the competition.

We would like to warmly thank Maxqda / Verbi Software for supporting the Best Paper Award.

Best Paper Award 2017
Abdoulaye Faye's paper “How Do Teachers React to Organizational Change in Education” has taken advantage of the context of the 2016 Secondary School reform in France to consider the agents' experiences when they have to deal with major organizational changes.
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Best Paper Award 2016
Manuela Mendoza´s paper "To mix or not to mix: Exploring the dispositions to otherness in schools" reflects on the ways social diversity in a school may shape particular subjective dispositions to otherness on students and parents.
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Best Paper Award 2015
Panagiota Gkofa’s paper ‘Greek Roma’s Educational Pathways: Mapping Factors Leading to Success’ is based on a qualitative study which examines how twenty Greek Roma who have entered higher education account for their educational success.
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Best Paper Award 2014
Iryna Kushnir’s paper ‘The Role of the Bologna Process in Defining Europe’ is based on critical review of literature about Europe and its recent higher education reforms, as well as on the analysis of the international Bologna Process documents since 1998.
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Best Paper Award 2013
Cora Lingling Xu’s paper ‘Identity and Cross-border Student Mobility: The Mainland China-Hong Kong Experience and Its Inverse-directional Parallel European Implications’ is based on a multiple case study of the identity constructions of tertiary-level border-crossing students from mainland China studying in Hong Kong universities.
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Best Paper Award 2012
Triin’s paper “School choice policy – seeking to balance educational efficiency and equity: A comparative analysis of 20 European countries” is based on fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis to investigate the impact of several institutional conditions of European school systems on educational success.
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Best Paper Award 2011
Anneli Schwartz´s paper is based on an ethnographic investigation of schooling in a multi-ethnic, multi-racial area of multi-dimensional poverty. It analyses the use of an individuating pedagogy that is designed and intended to improve the performances and behaviour of pupils in a school and the subjective responses of the pupils to this pedagogy.
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Best Paper Award 2010
Fighting off stiff competition, Daniel Fischer has been chosen as the winner of the ECER 2010 Best Paper Award for his paper 'Educational Organisations as "Cultures of Consumption"'. Radhika Gorur and Andrea Bernhard were selected as runners-up in the competition.
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Best Paper Award 2009
The 2009 Best Paper Award was given to Konstanze Spohrer from University of Strathclyde, Educational and Professional Studies, Glasgow for the paper titled: Deconstructing “Aspiration”: UK policy debates and European policy trends"
The 2009 Paper Award received about 30 submissions. 50% of participants followed the invitation to re-submit their initial papers based on the feedback they received from the reviewers.
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The 2008 Best Paper Competition saw a new record in participation. More than 30 promising papers were handed in. Katrin Kaufmann and Halit Öztürk were awarded with the Best Paper Award 2008. Their paper focussed on “Migration background and participation in continuing education in Germany”
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Best Paper Award 2007
Nasser Mansour, a research fellow who recently completed his PhD from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Exeter has been awarded the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Best Paper Award for Postgraduate and Young Researchers.
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Amanda Cook-Jones paper on "The Changing Role of the Teaching Assistant in the Primary School Sector" has been selected as the best paper in the Best Paper Award 2006.
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Best Paper Award 2018

Submission deadline 20 Nov 2018
Formative feedback given mid-Feb 2019
Re-Submission deadline 10 March 2019
Winner announced 15 May 2019