Lene 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.