Faculty

Check the list of members of the Globed’s faculty from the universities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Malta and Oslo. Click the name of each member to expand the brief resume.


ABATE BEKELE, Teklu

Teklu-AbateTeklu Abate Bekele earned his PhD in Education and MPhil in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oslo (UiO), Department of Education. He is currently teaching both substantive and research methodology courses in the master’s programme in International and Comparative Education at UiO.

For nearly a decade, Teklu has been studying the fields of teaching and learning, education reform, workplace learning, and emerging knowledge production cultures. His doctoral work examined philosophical, theoretical, methodological, and pragmatic issues in and for research related to learning using technology and in different contexts in a comparative perspective. Both review and empirical studies were conducted to successfully understand the cognitive and dispositional effects on learning of using modern technologies in higher education. His MPhil thesis, which stimulated his doctoral work, reported a study that examined how and to what extent technologies were used for teaching and learning in a university in Ethiopia. Currently, Teklu is engaged in the Save the Children Norway-funded longitudinal research project in Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. The goal of the research is to explore the effectiveness of the “I’m Learning!” intervention programme on learning in primary education.

t.a.bekele@iped.uio.no


BARRANCO, Oriol

BarrancoOriol Barranco is doctor in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris, France). He is a post-doctoral researcher in the department of Sociology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and member of the Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) – Institute of Labour Studies (IET). He has conducted several research stays in centres such as the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (ENS, EHESS, CNRS –Paris, France), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (University of California, Berkeley) or the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (University of Manchester, UK).

His research interests are focused on the field of Sociology of Labour (labour domination and resistance at workplace, labour process, labour trajectories and social capital and employment), Research Methods (ethnographic approaches, mixed methods and social network analysis) and Social Movements (Trade unionism and Spain’s anti-evictions movement).

He regularly teaches courses on research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, as well as courses on Sociology of Work and Industrial Relations.


BONAL, Xavier

Xavier-BonalXavier Bonal is Special Professor in Education and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor in Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is Director of the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research group at the Department of Sociology of the UAB and a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Group on Educational Policies.

Professor Bonal has developed competitive research in the areas of education policy, educational inequalities, education and development and the right to education. He has widely published in national and international journals and is author of several books on the referred topics.

Professor Bonal has been member of the Network of Experts of Social Sciences and Education (NESSE) (2006-2010) of the European Commission. He has been consultant for international organisation like the EU Commission, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Between 2006 and 2010 Xavier Bonal was Deputy Ombudsman for Children’s rights at the Office of the Catalan Ombudsman.

Most of his publications can be consulted in Education and Development website and in the GEPS website.

xavier.bonal@uab.cat


BUCHERT, Lene

Lene-BuchertLene Buchert has since 2009 been Professor of Comparative and International Education in the Department of Education, University of Oslo where she leads the international MPhil programme on Comparative and International Education. In addition to coordinating the Department’s involvement in GLOBED, she is the Project Leader of the “I’m Learning Project” which is implemented on behalf of Save the Children Norway in three pilot countries: Cambodia; Uganda; and Zimbabwe. She is a Member of the Expert Group advising the Secretary General of the UNESCO National Commission of Norway.

During 1997-2009, she was a senior official in the education sector at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. She held the Honorary Chair of Kerstin Hesselgren at the University of Stockholm in 2001. She also has extensive international consultancy experience in education and development  related to her work in COWI, Denmark, and as a research fellow at the, then, Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen.

Her academic interests include the relationship between education and development, the role of international organisations in educational development, international policies and aid to education and issues of equity. Most recently she has focused on issues related to education, conflict and fragility (Education, Fragility and Conflict. Guest Editor: Lene Buchert. Prospects, Vol. XLIII, no. 1, 2013); and learning needs and life skills of youth (Special Issue: Learning Needs and Life Skills for Youth. Guest Editor: Lene Buchert. International Review of Education, Volume 60, Number 2, 2014.

André Elias Mazawi is Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. A sociologist of education by training, he is interested in understanding how state policies, geopolitics, and popular culture contribute to the construction of imaginaries of schooling and higher education and their effects on the articulation of governance regimes and policyscapes. He has published widely on these issues, with particular reference to Mediterranean and Middle East societies. He is also Affiliate Professor with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre of Educational Research at the University of Malta, and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Postcolonial Directions in Education.

Most of her publications can be consulted in UiO-Department of Education website.

lene.buchert@iped.uio.no


GARCÍA-ALBA, Àlex

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Àlex García-Alba has been working for 10 years as the Head of the Development Cooperation, Universities and Capacity-Building Unit within the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (Government of Catalunya, 2002-2012), of whom 1 year and a half being on leave working for the UNSCC (United Nations System Staff College), a UN training institution. From 2007, he has been additionally working as a freelance consultant (trainer, technical assistant, lecturer and evaluator) for different development actors in the field (namely, universities, NGOs, local authorities, and so on..). During these last 4 years he has devoted my interests and expertise on capacity-building processes intended for the public administration, (Directorate for International Cooperation of the City Council of Barcelona) as well as training and evaluation of development projects & programs using mixed or newly emerging methodological approaches (logical framework with the Theory of Change, outcome mapping, human rights-based approach, training evaluation based on Kirkpatrick’s’,…).

Likewise, and as a result of the evaluations conducted so far on different development interventions, he has focused his interest on the organizational and operational side (initial setting and core processes of an organization) beyond the merely results and impact-oriented criteria, which would fit into the classical evaluation parameters. With regards to universities, he has been providing assistance and training on the European Commission Finance Frameworks intended for universities in the areas of training, research, university management and inter-university international cooperation through Networking projects & programs.

alexgarciaalba@gmail.com


LIU, Fengshu

Liu-FengshuFengshu Liu is Professor at the Department of Education, University of Oslo, teaching various courses in Comparative and International Education. Publication themes: identity construction of China’s only-child generation, intergenerational relationships in Chinese families, Chinese university students and their middle-class self, gender and education, rural youth and education in China, gender and school culture, culture and education, youth and the Internet, Confucian self-cultivation, and Chinese youth negotiating modern womanhood. Recent book: Urban youth in China. Current projects: ‘Modernisation as lived experiences among three generations of men and women in China and Norway’, ‘University capacity-building in Tanzania’ and ‘An international study on girls’ university ambitions’.

Most of her publications can be consulted in UiO-Department of Education website.

fengshu.liu@iped.uio.no


MAASSEN, Peter

Peter-MassenPeter Maassen is professor in Higher Education Studies and deputy head/research coordinator at the Department for Educational Research, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, where he also is the academic coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus joint Master Degree programme

His areas of academic specialization include the public governance (including policy reform and institutional change) of higher education; university leadership and management; organisational change in higher education; and the economic role of higher education institutions, in OECD countries, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the Executive Board of the University College Oslo (Høyskole i Oslo), and of the Board of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE). He has been a member of the international panel evaluating the Danish university reforms (2009), and of the Norwegian governmental commission on higher education (Stjernø Commission – 2007/08), as well as of OECD review teams of Japan and Finland.

Most of his publications can be consulted in UiO-Department of Education website.

peter.maassen@iped.uio.no


MAZAWI, André Elias

mazawiAndré Elias Mazawi is Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. A sociologist of education by training, he is interested in understanding how state policies, geopolitics, and popular culture contribute to the construction of imaginaries of schooling and higher education and their effects on the articulation of governance regimes and policyscapes. He has published widely on these issues, with particular reference to Mediterranean and Middle East societies. He is also Affiliate Professor with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre of Educational Research at the University of Malta, and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Postcolonial Directions in Education.

 

Most of his publications can be consulted in University of British Columbia website.

andre.mazawi@ubc.ca


MUNTANYOLA, Dafne

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Dafne Muntanyola-Saura has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2008). She has been an MA student at Stockholm University, and a postdoc reseracher in Nice and Madrid. As a Fulbright Scholar at the department of Cognitive Science at UCSD she participated in the interdisciplinary project Dance and Cognition with Wayne McGregor-Random Dance company. She translated Cicourel (2007) and Kirsh (2007) into Spanish. Her current research crosses over the fields of contemporary cognitive science (embodied and distributed cognition), video ethnography (Muntanyola-Saura, 2010, 2012, 2016), social network analysis and conversation analysis. She studies expert and creative teamwork in different social environments, such as hospitals, dance studios and synchronized swimming.

Most of her publications can be consulted in UAB Academia website.

dafnemuntanyola@gmail.com


KOSAR ALTINYELKEN, Hülya

Hulya Kosar-AltinyelkenHülya Kosar Altinyelken is Assistant Professor of Education and International Development at the Department of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam. She studied International Relations at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), and completed an MSc in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, before earning her doctorate from the same university on education and international development. She also worked at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a policy officer at the Education and Development division.

Her research interests cover a wide range of topics including migration and education, education policy transfer, education reforms, curriculum change, child-centered pedagogy, teachers, coping and support within the EU context, and gender.

Most of her publications can be consulted in Unviersity of Amsterdam website

H.K.Altinyelken@uva.nl


LOPES CARDOZO, Mieke

Mieke-LopesMieke Lopes Cardozo is currently employed as a tenured assistant professor at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. She is the coordinator of the ‘IS-Academie’ co-funded research project of the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She leads a Research Consortium on Education, Social Justice and Peacebuilding in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the University of Ulster.

Her research is focused in the area of Education and International Development – and more specifically on the themes of education for peacebuilding and social justice, (inter)national education and peacebuilding policies, teacher training, teacher agency, progressive education reforms, critical approaches to multicultural/intercultural education and decolonisation debates.

Most of her publications can be consulted in Education and Development website.

T.A.LopesCardozo@uva.nl


NOGUERA, José A.

Jose-NogueraJosé A. Noguera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Director of the Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design Group (GSADI).

His empirical research is currently focused on tax compliance, social influence dynamics, prosocial motivations, and the feasibility of universal welfare policies such as basic income. Most of his publications can be consulted in GSADI website.

José A. Noguera is co-editor of Papers. Revista de Sociologia, an editorial board member of Basic Income Studies, and has served on the editorial board of Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas. He is a member of the International Network of Analytical Sociologists (INAS), and serves on the Board of the Spanish Basic Income Network (RRB) and on the International Advisory Board of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).

jose.noguera@uab.cat


MARTÍ, Joel

joelmJoel Martí is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and member of Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work, Institute of Labour Studies (QUIT, IET).

His research interests are focused on social network analysis, mixed methods and action research designs. He has applied these methods in several research projects addressing topics such as working conditions, migration, prisoner reentry and community development. His current research is focused on the role of personal networks in job searching and in desistance from crime.

Joel Martí regularly teaches courses on research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, as well as mixed methods and action research. He has been the methodological advisor of more that 50 Master’s theses and is currently supervising PhD dissertations that apply personal network analysis and multilevel analysis within the framework of mixed methods research.

joel.marti@uab.cat


MIGUEL QUESADA, Francesc Josep

Francesc-MiguelFrancesc J. Miguel Quesada is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) where he teaches quantitative methodology and applied statistical analysis. He is also a lecturer in the Applied Social Research Techniques Master of the University of Barcelona. He is Director of the Laboratory for Socio-Historical Dynamics Simulation (LSDS) of the UAB and a founding member of the research group on Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design (GSADI).

Professor Quesada has conducted research on social indicators in relation to the situation of women in contemporary society, and on school-to-work transitions (in collaboration with the research group GRET). Currently, he mainly works in developing “computational sociology” -an applied branch of artificial intelligence that merges Social Science and computer simulation techniques to model complex policy issues and societal dynamics. He is involved in several competitive projects about the use of agent-based social simulation for the modelling of social networks dynamics, evolution of social behavior and evaluation of institutional designs by means of soft-experimentation.

miguel.quesada@uab.cat


RAMBLA, Xavier

Xavier-RamblaXavier Rambla is Associate Professor of sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and was lecturer at the Univ. Vic. He has led research projects on Education for All in Latin America, as well as on education and anti-poverty policies in the Southern Cone. He has also collaborated in projects on education and social cohesion in Europe, and critical co-educational action- research in several regions in Spain.

At the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, he has been responsible for strategic planning (2006-2008) and the Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (2009-2011), and has convened the mixed commission in charge of creating the students’ council (2009-2010). He has also contributed to connect academic research with professional practitioners by collaborating as a consultant with some civil society organisations.

Most of his publications can be consulted in Academia.edu

Xavier.Rambla@uab.cat


SULTANA, Ronald

Ronald-SultanaRonald G. Sultana is Professor of Educational Sociology and Comparative Education at the University of Malta, where he directs the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER).He is the founding editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies (est. 1996) and has studied education in Malta, the UK, New Zealand, and the USA, where he was Fulbright scholar at Stanford University.

Much of his work relates to the linkages between education, development, and the world of work, and focuses on issues of equity and social justice. His research has taken him to several countries in the Mediterranean region and Europe, and he has been involved in projects with such entities as UNESCO, UNICEF, GIZ, the ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the European Union.

He has published 25 volumes and over a hundred articles and chapters in refereed journals and books. Most of them can be consulted in the EMCER website.

ronald.sultana@um.edu.mt


TARABINI, Aina

Aina-TarabiniAina Tarabini is doctor in sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, senior lecturer in sociology at the same university and member of Globalisation, Education & Social Policies (GEPS). She has participated in numerous competitive research projects about the analysis of the relations between education and poverty and published books and articles in prestigious journals both national and international. Most of them can be consulted in the GEPS website. Likewise, she conducted several research stays in centres such as the Graduate School of Education at Bristol University or the Institute of Education at London University.

Her research lines are the following: 1) to analyse the influence of international and regional organisms (like the European Union or the World Bank) in education; 2) to explore the relations between education, poverty and social exclusion; 3) to study the design, implementation and impacts of education policies.

aina.tarabini@uab.cat


VERD, Joan Miquel

Joan-Miquel-VerdJoan Miquel Verd is Associate Professor of sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Ph.D. in Sociology (2002), B.A. in Economics (1996) and B.A. in Political Science and Sociology (1994). He is the director of the Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT), and member of the Institute of Labour Studies (IET) since its foundation in 2011.

His research interests are placed in the fields of Sociology of Labour (employment and social protection relationship, labour and training trajectories, social capital and employment, labour process organisation) and Research Methods (narrative and biographic analysis, mixed methods, ethnographic approaches to work, social network analysis, text and discourse analysis).

Joan Miquel Verd is Board Secretary and Academic Coordinator at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is scientific advisor of the Catalan University Quality Agency (AQU) on its employers’ survey and has developed research projects for the Catalan Youth Observatory (OCJ) and the Catalan General Subdirectorate for Health and Safety (SGSSL).

Most of his publications can be consulted in the QUIT webpage or in his ResearchGate weppage.

JoanMiquel.Verd@uab.cat


VERGER, Toni

Toni-VergerAntoni Verger is a senior researcher at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has specialized in the study of global governance institutions and education policy. His current research looks at the global spread of market-driven education reforms (such as public-private partnerships and new public management) and their re-contextualization and enactment in multiple settings.

Verger has coordinated and participated in numerous research projects, and conducted research for UNESCO, the Global Campagin for Education, Education International and several aid agencies. His most recent publications may be found in Comparative Education Review, Journal of Education Policy, Current Sociology, Review of International Political Economy, Globalisation, Societies and Education, and Comparative Education. Most of them can be consulted in the  GEPS website or in Academia.edu

Antoni.Verger@uab.cat


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