Network Activities

EERA NETWORK 23 Policy Studies and Politics of Education: ONLINE SEMINAR SERIES 2024

Thursday 23 May 2024 14.00 - 15.15 (CET)
"European/global policies on competencies and digitalised education. An explosion of the hegemonic paradigm of learning?"

  • Anna Tsatsaroni (University of the Peloponnese, Greece) and Antigone Sarakinioti (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Thursday 30 May 2024 14.00 - 15.15 (CET)
"Defuturing educational utopias: Reference societies as projection screens for educational futures"

  • Florian Waldow (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

This Policy Studies and the Politics of Education Seminar Series brings together a small number of leading academics in the education policy studies field, all of whom have a close relationship with EERA Network 23.

General Activities

The Network 23 Online Seminar Series 2023 featured two leading academics in the field of education policy studies, both with a close relationship with Network 23. Over 100 friends and associates of the network registered to attend the seminars, which provided an opportunity for those from across the wider education policy research community to connect with each other.


Network 23 has been gradually developing specific strategies for making the research output of the network visible through publications. It is a theme that is regularly revisited in network meetings at ECER conferences. Network 23 is first and foremost committed to the European Educational Research Journal and its promotion, as this is the official journal of EERA. Editors of two other journals, the Scottish (International) Educational Review and Education Inquiry, are members of our Network, and the convenors work closely with these journals to promote papers presented at ECER conferences.

Convenors also promote the research work of the network by seeking contributions to the recently launched EERA Blog and circulating information in the network’s mailing list throughout the year, in both cases aiming to make the research of EERA visible and accessible to a broad spectrum of readers. To join the mailing list, send a blank message to

We have a Special Call for ECER 2024 in Nicosia entitled ‘Education policy and the politics of education in an age of uncertainty’. After the conference, we will invite selected authors to contribute to a journal special issue on this topic for publication in 2025.

We are also working on a proposal for an edited handbook on education policy and the politics of education featuring authors who represent the work of the network.

Future Plans

Ongoing developments for future conferences:

  • aim for 30 network reviewers
  • the final presenter in each session will act as chair
  • provide clear communications, including a welcome email will be sent to all whose papers have been accepted by Network 23 with advice on how the conference works together with conference and network information
  • arrange informal breakfast & lunchtime gatherings and a social event for all
  • provide support for those new to Network 23 and/or ECER including emerging researchers
  • encourage network members to contact the convenors to share ideas on activities and/or initiatives that will further promote inclusiveness and development of the network

We are pleased with our ongoing work to widen participation and will continue to prioritise attracting participants from underrepresented countries.

We will invite queries from potential authors before submission and continue to develop support including linking with and contributing to the Emerging Researchers Group (ERG). Xavier Rambla is the network link with the ERG.

Reviewers are now asked to inform the conveners about proposals that are poorly expressed because of English language difficulties, but otherwise acceptable, so that we can explore the possibility of further support for their authors.

We intend to repeat the online seminar series annually, restricting the series to two seminars each year. We have no immediate plans to apply for EERA Funding.

NW 23 runs a mailing list and invites researchers to join. To join the mailing list, send a blank message to nw23-subscribe(at)

Interview with Link Convenor 2019