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Policy Futures

  • Researching on education policy, governance and administration at a time of political crisis in Europe.

Om forskningsprogrammet


Forskningsprogrammet Policy Futures undersøger, hvilke særlige forhold der gør sig gældende inden for uddannelsespolitik, -styring og -forvaltning i en tid præget af politisk krise i Europa. Programmet forsker i den dobbelte udfordring, som aktuelt møder europæisk uddannelsespolitik:

  • hvordan den transnationale vending omformer aktuel og fremtidig styring af uddannelse
  • hvordan denne transnationale orden samtidig undermineres af re-nationaliseringer, nationalismer og populismer

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Policy Futures News and Events

Digitalization, Neo/liberalization and the Re-making of the School Form

Emiliano Grimaldi, Associate Professor of Sociology of Education at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Naples, Italy.
Paolo Landri, Senior researcher at the National Research Council Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies, Italy.

December 3 2020

The Policy Futures research program hosted an international online webinar on ‘Digitalization, Neo/liberalization and the Re-making of the School Form’. Our Italian colleagues, Paolo Landri and Emiliano Grimaldi, gave a wonderful keynote. They both have long track records of researching education policy and governance, in particular in relation to school, digital technologies and privatization. Host and research program director, Katja Brøgger, introduced the guest speakers and chaired the session. Professor WSR John Benedicto Krejsler (Aarhus University), post doctoral researcher Pieter Vanden Broeck (UCLouvain), and PhD Scholar Lucas Cone (Aarhus University) provided thought provoking feedback and reflections on the keynote. Colleagues from all over Europe and the US joined the webinar and contributed to an inspiring plenary discussion.

International webinar ‘Trust in Education’

Inka Bormann, Professor at the Department of General Education, Freie University

November 13 2020

The Policy Futures research program hosted an internal international online webinar on ‘Trust in Education’. The webinar was part of an exchange agreement between Freie University, Berlin and Aarhus University, the Policy Futures research program. Inka Bormann, Professor at the Department of General Education at Freie University, gave an insightful introduction to trust in education. Following Inka’s research, trust is considered a key lubricant for societal cohesion. In her keynote, Inka explored what happens when trust in education is challenged, for example due to teachers or schools that fail to overcome social inequality or governance instruments that change the balance between autonomy and control. As part of the exchange agreement, Inka also contributes to the Masters’ degree program in Education Science, the module on advanced studies on governance and administration in education. 

International online webinar on ‘the radical right and education’

Anja Giudici, Postdoctoral Research Fellow SCHOOLPOL Project
Department of Politics and International Education, University of Oxford

November 02 2020

On October 22, the Policy Futures research program hosted an international online webinar on ‘the radical right and education’. Anja Giudici, postdoctoral researcher at University of Oxford, gave an intriguing keynote. Chair and research program director, Katja Brøgger, introduced the important topic of the session and the guest speaker. Susan Robertson, professor at Cambridge University, Christian Ydesen, professor at Aalborg University, and Mante Vertelyté, postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University provided insightful feedback and reflections on the keynote. Scholars from all over Europa joined the webinar and contributed to a wonderful plenary discussion.

Honorary professors of Policy Futures

August 07 2020

We are happy to announce that Professor of Education Susan Robertson at Cambridge University and Professor of Sociology, Romuald Nordmand from Strasbourg University have been conferred the title of honorary professors of Policy Futures for the period 1 September 2020.

Global Trends in Education: Commercialization – Why should we care?

January 22, 2020

Together with Oxfam Ibis, the Policy Futures PRIVATOPIA Network hosted this event on January 22. with Dr. Prachi Sristava from University of Western Ontario, one of the leading experts on commercialization of education and low-fee private schooling: Global Trends in Education: Commercialization – Why should we care?

The event was a great success – a packed room with students, researchers and political activists interested in education, development and the politics around the private and the public sector. Many thanks to Lucas Cone and Oxfam Ibis for organizing this.

DPU's Policy Futures and AAU's Centre for Education Policy Research seminar, September 2019

This week Danish School of Education's research program "Policy Futures" teamed up with Centre for Education Policy Research at Aalborg University for the seminar titled: "Education Politics between the transnational and re-nationalizing pressures ". Jana Bacevic (University of Cambridge) and Bob Lingard (University of Queensland) participated as guest lecturers.

Danish School of Education's (DPU) research programme 'Policy Futures' at Aarhus University and Aalborg University's Center for Education Policy Research (directed by Professor Mette Buchardt) shares the distinct feature of engaging with education policy studies. In late September, they joined forces on a 2-day collaborative seminar. This seminar aimed at strengthening cross-institutional collaboration and sharing of knowledge and new trends within the field.

The seminar centered around themes such as "Transnational institutions and identity politics", "Repositioning educational responsibilities", "Breaking or (re-)making the (trans-)national?", "Pedagogy and reforms between national and universalist narratives", and "Data, numbers, and measurements".  The seminar took place at DPU's location in Copenhagen. With another planned seminar in the spring in Aalborg, the two research groups expand horizons, achieve valuable insights into the work of colleagues, and receive appreciated feedback on ongoing projects. The joint initiatives on collaborative seminars promises well for a future successful partnership and not least for future examinations of education policy.

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Digital Learning Assessments in Education: A Critical Analysis

Thursday 3 October 2019

The research program Policy Futures hosted a public lecture by Bob Lingard (Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University) on Digital Learning Assessments in Education: A Critical Analysis

The presentation addressed the growing roles of big data and digital learning assessments in education in the context of the impact of digital disruption and changing social arrangements. This phenomenon has been characterised variously as the audit culture, knowing capitalism, data capitalism, the metric society and surveillance capitalism.

Lingard addressed the following questions: What is the nature of digital learning assessments and how do they evolve in complex and nonlinear ways from computer-based testing through Computer Adaptive Testing to Immersive Assessments? And, what are the relationships to big data, in terms of volume, continuous collection and interaction?

The Challenge of Theory in Comparative Policy Research … and Its Possible Re-Articulation

Seminar 17-09-2019

with Bob Lingard, Professor, University of Queensland, (Australia), Stephen Carney, Associate Professor & President of CESE, Roskilde University and John Benedicto Krejsler, Professor, DPU-Aarhus University.

On behalf of Policy Futures and in light of Australian policy researcher Professor Bob Lingard’s visit to DPU, professor John Benedicto Krejsler invited to a seminar on the role of theory in expanding how we can think about educational policy research.

This happens at a time when education policy is being increasingly constrained by a dominant global mode of representation. With a focus on re-articulation, the seminar explored the potentials for thinking differently; of explicitly employing theory to reframe narratives about global education. A number of theoretical approaches and conceptual frameworks were employed, including Jean Baudrillard, Arjun Appadurai, Ash Amin and Gilles Deleuze.

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The Challenge of Theory in Comparative Policy Research … and Its Possible Re-Articulation

Seminar 17-09-2019

med oplæg af Bob Lingard, Professor, University of Queensland, (Australia), Stephen Carney, Associate Professor & President of CESE, Roskilde University og John Benedicto Krejsler, Professor, DPU, Aarhus University.

På vegne af Policy Futures og i lyset af den australske policy-forsker professor Bob Lingards besøg inviterede professor mso John B. Krejsler til et seminar om teoriens rolle i uddannelsespolicy. Gennem tre præsentationer og intense diskussioner med deltagerne udforskede dette forskningsseminar teoriens rolle i forhold til, hvordan vi forskningsmæssigt kan tænke uddannelsespolicy i en tid, hvor denne på mange måder er begrænset af en globalt dominerende enhedstænkning.

Med fokus på re-artikulation diskuterede deltagerne, hvordan man kan udvide mulighederne for at tænke uddannelsespolicy og forskningen herom anderledes, og hvordan teori eksplicit kan anvendes til at nytænke narrative om uddannelse i global perspektiv. Her blev inddraget begreber og nye tilgange til tækning om policy fra tænkere som Jean Baudrillard, Arjun Appadurai, Ash Amin, Gilles Deleuze og flere andre.

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