Equity in and through education:

Changing contexts, consequences, and contestations

The World in Europe – Europe in the World


Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK 


To what extent are education systems fair and inclusive in terms of access, processes and outcomes? How does education help to create a society that is more – or less – equitable? What can we learn by studying these questions internationally and in comparative perspective? These are some of the broad questions that set the agenda for CESE’s 2016 conference to be hosted by the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the historic University of Glasgow. The CESE Executive Committee, in association with the Glasgow Organising Committee, invites papers that explore the conference theme from a range of local, national and supranational contexts. We encourage submissions which engage both theoretically and empirically with the issue of equity in and through education.

The issue of equity permeates education across phases and sectors, from early childhood, through compulsory schooling and higher education, to adult learning. In the study of such concerns, a variety of social categories becomes meaningful, including gender, socio-economic status and ethnicity, but these also demand critical questioning. Papers are therefore invited that analyze the policies of government and supra-national entities such as the EU or UNESCO, where the focus is on managing the relationship between education and equity. There will also be focus on the analysis of the power of education to interrupt or perpetuate cycles of advantage and disadvantage, and to explore the narratives these create for, and in, the lives of children and adults.

In order to encourage and focus discussion and debate, the following six Working Groups (WGs) have been established which reflect diverse theoretical perspectives, evidence bases and methodological approaches:

• Education, Knowledge, and Economy
• Flows, Mobilities, and Migrations
• Transnationalism, Regionalism, and Educational Organisations
• Public Policy Strategies, Practitioners, and Interventions
• Identities, Subjectivities, and Intersectionalities
• Economic Transformations, Sustainability and 'Precarity'

In addition to these six sub-themes there will be a Working Group dedicated to new scholars, as well as opportunities to submit papers for a number of cross-thematic sessions.

The Conference’s overall theme will be also addressed through Plenary Lectures by key speakers:

  • Robert Davis (University of Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Marianna Papastephanou (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Andy Furlong (University of Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Elaine Unterhalter (UCL Institute of Education, England)

The Executive Committee of CESE and the Local Organising Committee look forward to welcoming our Members and academic colleagues from across Europe and the world. We are sure that you will enjoy our intellectually intensive programme of Working Groups and Plenary Lectures.

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The 13th PASCAL International Conference, "Learning Cities 2040 – Global, Local, Connected, Sustainable, Healthy and Resilient", is taking place from June 3rd to June 5th, 2016 at the University of Glasgow.

For more information please visit the conference website at http://conference2016.pascalobservatory.org