Xavier 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.