International perspectives on education policy (IPEP) - November 11th-16th, 2018

This Winter School will consider theories and methods relevant across the field of educational policy research. It is designed for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers of policy in all areas of education, but is suitable also for advanced master students. The School will include an explicit focus on policy related to higher and adult education, but the specific content of activities will be developed in the light of the participants’ profiles.

IPEP stems from co-operation between the University of Verona (Department of Human Sciences), Aalborg University (Department of Learning and Philosophy), the University of Nottingham (School of Education), and the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRPPS), co-founders of the International Research Centre for Global and Comparative Policy Studies on the Education and Learning of Adults (IRC-GloCoPoS).

IPEP Faculty

John Holford
(University of Nottingham, UK)
Marcella Milana
(University of Verona, IT)
Annette Rasmussen
(Aalborg University, DK)
Palle Rasmussen
(Aalborg University, DK)

Paolo Landri

In continuity with the last year, the second IPEP Winter School will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about, and discuss:

  • The nature and the role of ‘theory’ in the understanding of educational policy
  • The relationship between global, national, and institutional governance in education
  • The strengths and limits of document analysis, discourse analysis and educational ethnography to investigate education policy
  • Current discourses on new technologies, their consequences and educational responses to them
  • Urgent education policy issues in the countries represented by the participants

It will be held at the University of Verona (Italy) from 11th to 16th November 2018. Lectures and discussions on theories and methods will be supplemented with hands-on experience on education policy analysis. During the Winter School, all students will be involved in a small case study on higher education, facilitated by fieldwork (on campus), and joint data analysis.

In order to obtain a certificate of completion (corresponding to 6 ECTS), registered participants must both:

  1. Attend the full programme on site, and
  2. Submit a short essay by December 10th, 2018.

In addition, these participants will receive a written evaluation by the IPEP Faculty.

Who can apply

Advanced master students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers of policy in all areas of education.

How to apply

Send a brief CV (1 pages), accompanied by a letter describing your current area of studies, research or professional activity, and your motivation in participating to IPEP (2 pages) to the following email by September 10th, 2018.
IPEP Faculty will select candidates and confirm acceptance by September 15th, 2018.
Approved candidates should register (free of charge) by October 1st, 2018.

Expected costs

Enrollment is free of charge.
Participants should cover their own travel and accommodation costs, as well as all lunches and dinners.

Detailed Programme and Schedule

Sunday, 11th November 2018

14.00 – 15.00: Registration

15.00 – 17.30: Opening session

Social dinner

Monday, 12th November 2018 

9.00 -12.30: “Theory” in educational policy research – John Holford

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 – 17.30: Document and discourse analysis in education policy studies – Marcella Milana

Social gathering in the evening

Tuesday, 13th November 2018

9.00 – 12.30: International organizations and education policy Marcella Milana

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 – 17.30: Ethnography in education policy studies – Annette Rasmussen

Social gathering in the evening

Wednesday, 14th November 2018

9.00 – 12.30: Fieldwork

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00: Fieldwork

15.00 – 17.30: Data analysis

Social gathering in the evening

Thursday, 15th November 2018

9.00 – 12.30: Data analysis

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 – 17.30: Group presentations by students

Farewell drink

Friday, 16th November 2018

9.00 – 12.30: Current issues and dilemmas  Palle Rasmussen

12.30 – 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 – 17.30: Technology and education policy – Paolo Landri

ESREA Travel Bursary

We are delighted to have received funds from the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) to provide up to four travel bursaries of € 300 for PhD students (or equivalent) who will be attending the IPEP Winter School 2018.

The ESREA Travel Bursary are awarded based on the quality of the application, country representation, and attention to diversity, and are intended to support costs for travel, accommodation and other living expenses (e.g. lunches and dinners).

The bursary recipients are required to provide ESREA with evidence of what the bursary was spent on, after the event.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered eligible to apply for an ESREA Travel Bursary, applicants must:

  • be an individual or institutional ESREA member (To join ESREA or renew your membership, please click here);
  • have been offered a place at the IPEP Winter School 2018; and
  • submit a fully completed ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form by September 22nd, 2018.

Notification of award recipients will take place no later than September 29th, 2018.

How to apply

Click here to download the ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form.

A complete application includes:

  • The ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form
  • A copy of your IPEP Winther School 2018 candidacy decision (acceptance notice)

Please attachment both components to one email to, and write “ESREA Travel Bursary Application” in the subject line.