Collaborative and Inclusive Education Policy Research in a Troubled Europe
Relating to the conference theme, ‘Education in an Era of Risk’, and building on Network 23 activities to promote collaborative and inclusive education policy research in Copenhagen 2017 and Bolzano 2018, this special call is for papers and symposia, which address at least one of the following: (1) methodological challenges in collaborative and/or inclusive education policy research; (2) collaborative and/or comparative education policy research, especially where this involves diversely constituted research teams; (3) research which is inclusive and representative of people, their perspectives and their interests and the varied cultural and policy contexts and socio-economic conditions across Europe.
This call builds on our Networking Seminar in University College, Copenhagen in August 2017, ‘Promoting Inclusive European Collaborative Education Policy Research’, which was generously supported by a grant from the EERA Council, and our Capacity Building Workshop with the same title in Free University, Bolzano in September 2018.
Europe faces many challenges. Economic and migration concerns, alongside terrorism, have aggravated weakening social cohesion (Atkinson, 2009, amongst others). Neoliberalism, in privileging market mechanisms over political process (Muddle & Rovira Kaltwasser, 2013), has exacerbated inequalities and increased the precariousness of many peoples’ lives (Standing, 2011). In this context of late-modern doubt (Giddens, 1990), populism and religious fundamentalism threaten European liberalism, whilst the European Union itself faces an existential crisis, as more and more of its citizens come to regard its institutions as unrepresentative of them (Terry, 2014).
The conference theme for ECER 2019, ‘Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future’, recognizes these challenges. Considering how education policy researchers might respond, in recent years Network 23 has organized conference events to encourage research that is inclusive and representative of people, their perspectives and interests and the varied cultural and policy contexts and socio-economic conditions across Europe. However, we recognize that European educational research, like other fields, constitutes a space characterized by asymmetrical/unequal social relations among its main agents; a condition that limits its possibility to be a strong transformative force.
This special call builds on recent network activities. We seek papers and symposia each addressing at least one of the following:
- Methodological challenges in collaborative and/or inclusive education policy research
- Collaborative and/or comparative education policy research, especially where this involves diversely constituted research teams
- Research which is inclusive and representative of people, their perspectives and their interests and the varied cultural and policy contexts and socio-economic conditions across Europe.
Peter Kelly (peter.kelly(at)plymouth.ac.uk)
Anna Tsatsaroni (tsatsaro(at)uop.gr)
Anne Larson (anne(at)edu.au.dk)
Linda Rönnberg (linda.ronnberg(at)pol.umu.se)
Xavier Rambla (xavier.rambla(at)uab.cat)
Atkinson, A. (2009) The EU and social inclusion: facing the challenges, Bristol, Policy Press.
Giddens, A. (1990) The consequences of modernity, Cambridge, Polity Press.
Muddle, C. & Rovira Kaltwasser, C. (Eds) (2013) Populism in Europe and the Americas: Threat or corrective for democracy? New York, Cambridge University Press.
Standing, G. (2011) The Precariat: The new dangerous class, London, Bloomsbury.
Terry, C. (2014) Close the gap: Tackling Europe’s democratic deficit, London, Electoral Reform Society.