III International perspectives on education policy (IPEP) Winter School

November 10th-15th, 2019

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).

In continuity with past years, the third 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 10th to 15th November 2019. 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.

Programme Overview

IPEP Faculty

Marcella Milana

Marcella Milana is Associate Professor at the University of Verona, Italy, where she directs the International Research Centre for Global and Comparative Policy Studies on the Education and Learning of Adults (IRC-GloCoPoS ). Her research deals with the politics, policy and governance of adult education and learning, from comparative and global perspectives. She is currently involved in a European project (ENLIVEN) studying how policy interventions in adult education markets can become more effective.

Anna Carreri

Anna Carreri is post-doctoral researcher at the University of Verona, Italy, and affiliated with the University of Hasselt, Belgium. She teaches Qualitative Methods Lab at the University of Trento from which she received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research. She was a visiting scholar at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest (2014) and at the Faculty of Business Economics at the University of Hasselt (2017).

John Holford

John Holford is Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education. He has spent most of his career in adult education. His main current research interests are in adult learning of citizenship, especially in Europe, policy processes for the education of adults, especially in the European Union, and the history of adult education and citizenship in Britain. He is Co-ordinator of the Horizon 2020 research project, ENLIVEN (Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive & Vibrant Europe: 2016-2019).

Paolo Landri

Paolo Landri is a senior researcher at the CNR-IRPPS, National Research Council Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies, and is the deputy director of the Research Unit in Fisciano (Salerno). Recently, his main research interests have concerned educational organizations, professional learning and educational policies. He is now involved in national and international research projects on the new morphology of schools, and in particular on the transformations of educational settings triggered by digital technologies and platforms.

Annette Rasmussen

Annette Rasmussen is Associate Professor at the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. Her research interests include ethnographic approaches to education policies and practices; especially issues of socialisation, evaluation, pedagogic and social differentiation, and inequality in education. In recent research and publications, she has focused on policies and practices of performativity and talent development.

Palle Rasmussen

Palle Rasmussen is emeritus professor of education at the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University. His research areas include education policy, lifelong learning, comparative education, educational evaluation and broader social issues. He has been active in several European research networks, for instance the standing network on ‘Policy studies and the politics of education’ in the European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Howard Stevenson

Howard Stevenson is Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Nottingham and Head of Training for ESRC Doctoral Training Programmes. His research interests combine education policy and education sector labour relations. He is currently involved in two research projects: the first focusing on the European Semester and Public Services and the second looking at European education unions and forms of union renewal.

How to apply

Who can apply

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

How to apply

Fill the on-line form available here by September 13th, 2019.  You will be asked to upload 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).

IPEP Faculty will select candidates and confirm acceptance by September 22nd, 2019.
Approved candidates should register (free of charge) by October 1st.

Expected costs

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

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 8th, 2019.

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

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 2019.

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);
  • upload a fully completed ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form (together with your on-line application) by September 13th, 2019; and
  • have been offered a place at the IPEP Winter School 2019.

Notification of award recipients will take place at the time of selected candidates are confirmed acceptance (September 22th, 2019).

Click here to download the ESREA Travel Bursary Application Form.


If you have any questions, please contact us at IPEP email address:  winterschool-ipep@ateneo.univr.it