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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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About Us

The European Institute of Education and Social Policy is a non-profit organisation with more than forty years' experience in the analysis of education and training policies in Europe and in the partner countries of the European Union. The institute was founded in 1975 by the European Cultural Foundation (the Secretary-General was Raymond Georis) to meet a need of the European Commission by contributing to the development of cooperation in education in Europe.

During the 1980s the EIESP played a strategic role in the launching of the European Commission programmes of student mobility. It was responsible for designing and managing the pilot operation for the ERASMUS programme and contributed to the first generation of European education programmes. The EIESP also worked on employment and social policy issues in cooperation with the Centre for Work and Society of the Université de Paris IX Dauphine, directed at that period by Jacques Delors.

The EIESP contributes through its work and its international network to strengthening cooperation in education in Europe and between Europe and its partners.

The EIESP, which is self-funding on the basis of its contracts and activities, is based in Paris at the Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). It has a small core staff and an extensive network of associate experts and institutional partners. It regularly offers internships to post-graduate students. Since 2012, the Chair of the Board has been Jean-Claude Ruano Borbalan, an Associate Professor at the CNAM in Paris. The director is Janet Looney.

The EIESP edits the European Journal of Education which is published by Wiley-Blackwell. EJE is a peer reviewed journal of international reputation and readership specialised in research on education and the evaluation and review of education and training policies in a global perspective. It is thematic and receives an ISI Impact Factor ranking. EJE is available in more than 12,500 institutions across the world through different types of subscriptions, data bases such as JSTOR and EBSCO and through special subscriptions for institutions (e.g.. universities) in countries where budgets are not sufficient to allow for costly full price subscriptions. In 2014 there were approximately 125,000 downloads of full-text articles.

The members, board members and the network of the institute and the European Journal of Education are from different European countries, North America and the 'MEDA' region. The editorial board and the editorial correspondents of the journal bring an international perspective in the different domains of research and policy analysis for lifelong learning. The Chair of the editorial board is Gabor Halasz, an internationally respected scholar from the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, ELTE University, Hungary.


Learning for well-being throughout life supports children and adults in developing their capacities and achieving their personal and professional potential.

The values with which the institute relates to its partners have always included importance being placed on partnership and on the independence and integrity we take to projects and dissemination. The EIESP values highly the multicultural dialogue and exchange that comes through working across Europe and beyond.


  • Developing the systems, approaches, tools and practices that place the learner at the centre of the learning process;
  • Creating bridges among research, policy and practice;
  • Evaluating the design, implementation and outcomes of polices at the different decision-making levels;
  • Contributing to decision-making processes and to the exchange of good practice among countries, institutions or sectors.


The portfolio of projects of the institute covers all the different aspects of lifelong learning: school education, vocational education and training (initial and continuing), adult learning and higher education.

The EIESP has built up a solid reputation as an experienced, international and innovative partner in education policy design, management, reform and evaluation at European, national, regional and institutional levels. The institute contributes to studies for the European Commission (for example most recently on learning outcomes policy and on key competences in school and teacher education). It contributes to reform processes in countries in transition and emerging economies and it undertakes evaluations of innovative European projects and programmes (for example on education for inclusion and diversity).

Please click here for the most recent EIESP Activity Report.

As part of its portfolio of activities, the EIESP was an operational partner of the Universal Education Foundation (

It also coordinates the secretariat of two partner organisations:
'Learning for well-being' Consortium of Foundations operated from 2009 to 2012. The full activity report is here
Inspecteurs d’éducation sans Frontières. The members, who are education inspectors in France, undertake interventions in international cooperation projects and for education reform. EIESP is responsible for the Secretariat from 2009. The association is chaired by Michèle Sellier, former Rector and honorary Inspectrice générale of the French education system who is also a member of the board of the EIESP.