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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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Participatory Citizenship in Europe Project (2011)

Type of project/activity:

A study with the main goals of clarifying the concept of Participatory Citizenship and its interpretation among the 27 Member States; drawing up data on the current situations, analysing favourable factors and obstacles, as well as good practices and interesting innovations (including those related to education to citizenship and to media), and formulating policy recommendations at European level and other decision-making levels.


The consortium was led by the Institute of Education (Llakes Centre) of the University of London and coordinated by Bryony Hoskins (Llakes Centre). The partners are: the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER, UK), the EIESP and 5 universities from 5 Member States (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Slovenia).

The EIESP team was made up of:
‐ senior researchers: Antoine Bevort (professor of Sociology at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris), and Alain Michel (Scientific Advisor to the EIESP)
‐ junior researchers: Diane Michel

Main activities:

The report provides a picture of the state of play concerning participatory forms of citizenship both in terms of policies and actual engagement. In order to provide a current assessment of participation rates, the report provides trends of participation for adults and young people across Europe over the last 10 years. In addition, it provides an analysis of the current policies and practice to facilitate Participatory Citizenship across the 27 European Union member states. It highlights the main drivers of Participatory Citizenship and the barriers and challenges that are currently being faced by policy and practice in terms of facilitating Participatory Citizenship.

Name of programme and funder:

The study was funded by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission.

Expected outcomes:

In this report we have brought together the latest qualitative and quantitative data on policy, practice and engagement from European Union countries in order to provide a picture of the state of play regarding Participatory Citizenship.

The reports for the Participatory Citizenship in the EU project are available at the EC Citizenship news page

For more information on the EIESP’s contribution please contact Alain Michel at