Presenting a research project application: Shaping a Global Education Space – A Comparative Analysis of the OECD’s Role in Education, 1958–2020

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Happy new year!

We’re happy to announce that our research group will be joined by Dr Christian Ydesen, Associate Professor at the Department for Learning and Philosophy at University of Aalborg, who is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

He will be speaking on 27th January (1-2 pm, IASH) on a topic that might be of interest to many of you:

Presenting a research project application: Shaping a Global Education Space – A Comparative Analysis of the OECD’s Role in Education, 1958–2020


The importance of attracting external funding in research is on the rise as a global trend. This development holds true in terms of career management, securing proper time for research and in terms of university funding. The purpose of this talk is two-fold. Firstly, I will take the audience into the very engine room of writing a research application. In this respect I will pass on my experiences gathered from writing a research project application to the Danish research council which was submitted last autumn. Secondly, I will present the academic content of the application with the ambition of getting feedback for further development of refinement of the application in the event that it is unsuccessful in the first round making its chances of success higher in the second round in 2016.

Venue: Venue: The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9NW, UK

About the event:


Phd presentation: The relation of the “Social” and the “Self”

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Meeting of 26 November 2015

Mark Wong, final year PhD student in Social Policy discussed aspects of his research on socially withdrawn young people in Hong Kong and Scotland.

How Should Universities Be Funded?

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13 November 2015, open event by the Ethics Forum


  • Rob Henthorn, Vice President Education of NUS Scotland
  • Prof. Sheila Riddell, Professor of Inclusion and Diversity / Director of CREID at the University of Edinburgh
  • Tracey Slaven, Deputy Secretary, Strategic Planning, University of Edinburgh

From data, to analysis, to argument: how to make theory work

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Meeting on 29 October 2015

In our meeting in October we discussed about how to link theoretical resources to the analysis of field data. This idea emerged from collective discussions with some Phd students working in education policy topics in the School, who are currently faced with mountains of data and a range of theoretical tools to choose from.

We had a lively debate among experienced scholars and Phd students reporting on how they’re facing these issues in their own work – lot’s of interesting suggestions!

Workshop: Education, Citizenship and Justice

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The Just World Institute and Education and Society Research Group are delighted to announce a workshop event with Prof Rob Reich (Stanford): ‘Education, Citizenship, and Justice’

Thursday 26 March 2015

9.00am-12.00pm, Common Room, Sixth floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

9.00 am – 9.15 am Coffee/welcome

9.15 am – 10.30 am – Prof Rob Reich, ‘Education, Citizenship, and Justice’

10.30 am – 10.45 am coffee

10.45 am- 12.00 pm Dr Philip Cook, ‘The Just School’

All welcome, please contact if you would like to attend.​

We will be taking Prof. Reich to lunch at 12pm. Colleagues are welcome to join, please let Philip Cook know if you’d like to come to lunch for table booking purposes.

Professor Rob Reich, Stanford University

Tuition fees and higher education funding

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Meeting on 23 February 2015

1 – 2.30 pm at meeting pod 3, CMB

We’ll be discussing the General Elections and the ongoing debate on tuition fees and higher education funding.


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