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COMPARATIVE EDUCATION POLICY PROJECT

This multidisciplinary research hub links researchers in political science, public policy, education, and others, including members of the broader policy community to examine change in education governance over time across OECD countries, to examine the politics surrounding the proliferation of school choice, and to explore the impact of school choice policies on factors such as citizenship and political and social inequality.

The Comparative Education Policy Project links a global research network of scholars and provides a platform for knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public.

The project examines all aspects of education governance including population segregation, school choice, vocational/academic tracking, services such as language training, and patterns of community involvement in school administration that affect student integration and ultimately student educational outcomes.

Some of the key issues the project aims to explore – beyond the political drivers of school choice – are the policy feedback effects, including the distributive inequalities resulting from the proliferation of school choice and private education, patterns of sorting and segregation in school systems resulting from the unequal distribution of resources, and the relationships between minority religious schools and the state.

The theoretical approach animating this project is broadly historical institutionalist and comparative with a particular focus on policy feedback effects, where the impact of policy developed in time A affects the political landscape in time B. Public policy scholars have identified two types of feedback effects: resource effects and interpretive effects. Resource effects occur by shifting the availability of economic, social, and political resources to individuals and groups affected by policy and by shifting the incentives facing other political and social actors. The design of public policies also has interpretive effects: researchers have posited that public policies affect how one views oneself in relation to other and in relation to the state. The purpose of this project is to investigate comprehensively both types of policy feedback effects in education, and more specifically, to explore how forms of governance and group power affect integration and other educational outcomes.

A key focusing event also animating our scholarly attention is the recent mass migration of refugees to a number of European countries which has triggered a large humanitarian effort as well as discussion of how to integrate refugee populations over the long term. Education services is a key factor affecting integration, as approximately half of the refugees are under the age of 18. We therefore welcome the involvement of researchers whose work addresses any aspect of this subject.

People

RESEARCH TEAM

Anna Lozhkina
Anna Lozhkina
Research Assistant
Anna is currently obtaining a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the University of Regina. Her research interests mainly focus on ecological socio-cybernetic systems and sustainability.
Anne West
Anne West
Professor
Anne is a Professor of Education Policy in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also Director of the Education Research Group.
Beesan Sarrouh
Beesan Sarrouh
Visiting Researcher
Beesan is a visiting researcher at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) at the University of Toronto.
Busra Hacioglu
Busra Hacioglu
Research Assistant
Busra is a PhD student in the University of Toronto’s department of Political Science, specializing in comparative politics and public policy.
Clark Banack
Clark Banack
Adjunct Professor
Clark is a research associate with the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities and an Adjunct Professor of Political Studies at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. 
Claudia Díaz Ríos
Claudia Díaz Ríos
Postdoctoral Fellow
Claudia is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ontario Institute of Studies on Education at the University of Toronto.
Gözde Böcü
Gözde Böcü
Research Assistant
Gözde is a PhD student in the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science specializing in comparative politics and international relations.
Jack Lucas
Jack Lucas
Associate Professor
Jack Lucas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. His research is focused on Canadian urban politics and Canadian political development.
Jim Farney
Jim Farney
Associate Professor
Jim is an Associate Professor at University of Regina. His primary research interests are Canadian party politics, political institutions, and religion and politics.
Linda Rönnberg
Linda Rönnberg
Associate Professor
Linda is an Associate Professor in Political Science and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University.
Linda White
Linda White
Professor
Linda is a Professor of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Governance, and is an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of the United States.
Nafsika Alexiadou
Nafsika Alexiadou
Professor
Nafsika is a Professor in the Department of Applied Educational Science at Umeå university, Sweden.
Phil Triadafilopoulos
Phil Triadafilopoulos
Associate Professor
Phil is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Rita Nikolai
Rita Nikolai
Professor
Rita is a Heisenberg-Fellow of the German Research Foundation at Humboldt-Universität Berlin.
Rob Vipond
Rob Vipond
Professor
Rob is the Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States and American Studies program, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science.
Salar Asadolahi
Salar Asadolahi
Research Assistant
Salar holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of British Columbia.
Sophie Borwein
Sophie Borwein
Research Assistant
Sophie is a PhD student in the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science, specializing in Canadian and comparative public policy.
Ursula Hackett
Ursula Hackett
Assistant Professor
Ursula is an Assistant Professor in Politics and British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow.