Department of Culture and Learning

Programme Activities

IV International perspectives on education policy (IPEP) Summer School

IV International perspectives on education policy (IPEP) Summer School

IV International perspectives on education policy (IPEP) Summer School

Aalborg University (Aalborg, Denmark)


In collaboration with the University of Verona, (ITALY)



The IPEP Summer School will consider theories and methods relevant across the field of educational policy research. It is designed for primarily PhD students, but also relevant to postdoctoral fellows and researchers of policy in all areas of education; and advanced master students can participate (if seats are available).

IPEP builds on a cooperation agreement between the University of Verona (Department of Human Sciences) and Aalborg University (Department of Culture and Learning). It stems from a synergy between these universities, the University of Nottingham (School of Education), and the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRPPS), co-founders of the International Research Centre for Global and Comparative Policy Studies on the Education and Learning of Adults (IRC-GloCoPoS).

The Summer School will include an explicit focus on policy related to higher and adult education, and the specific content of activities will be developed in light of the participants’ profiles.

In continuity with past years’ seasonal schools (in Verona), this IPEP Summer School will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about, and discuss:

The nature and the role of ‘theory’ in the understanding of educational policy
The relationship between global, national, and institutional governance in education
The strengths and limits of document analysis, discourse analysis and educational ethnography to investigate education policy
Current discourses on new technologies, their consequences and educational responses to them
Urgent education policy issues in the countries represented by the participants

The Summer School is carried out as a unique opportunity for the participants to experience and collaborate on policy ethnographic fieldwork in an international perspective. It is innovative in respect to have the participants doing a real fieldwork and thus learning the tools of education policy ethnography in practice. This concept has proved very successful in the past years, where we have had participants from all over the world, who have been particularly pleased with its strongly practice-based character.

This year, for the first time it will take place at Aalborg University (Denmark) from 29th August to 3rd September 2021. The days of fieldwork will be organized in collaboration with the UCN (University College of Northern Jutland.




  • Annette Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
  • Palle Rasmussen (Aalborg University)
  • Karen Andreasen (Aalborg University)
  • Marcella Milana, University of Verona (Italy)
  • Paolo Landri, CRN-IRPPS (Italy)
  • John Holford, University of Nottingham (England)
  • John Krejsler, Aarhus University


Advanced master students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers of policy in all areas of education.


Fill the on-line form available on the website here by June 21, 2021 (Guide available below).

You will be asked to upload a brief CV (1 pages), accompanied by a letter describing your current area of studies, research or professional activity, and your motivation in participating to IPEP (2 pages).

IPEP Faculty will select candidates and confirm acceptance by June 26, 2021.

Guide for registration for the PhD Course

1A. If you are from Aalborg University:

  • Please log in by entering your username (email address) and password in the right upper corner at
  • Create a profile by clicking “Link to profile” in the right upper corner. Please fill in the tabs “Profile” and “Edit profile”.
  • You are now ready to register for course participation.

1B. If you are from outside Aalborg University:

  • Please click at “Create a new account” in the right upper corner at
  • Fill in the profile and complete by clicking “Create my new account”.
  • When you have filled in the profile, an email will be sent to your mailbox. Please confirm your Moodle registration by clicking on the link in the email. You are now ready to register for course participation.

2. Find the course in Moodle. Click "Enroll me". An email will be sent to you if you have registered correct.


Enrollment is free of charge.
Participants should cover their own travel and accommodation costs, as well as all dinners.

Coffee/tea/water and Lunch will be provided during the course


We have applied to the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) for a limited number of travel bursaries for PhD students (or equivalent) attending the IPEP 2021 Summer School. Details about criteria and procedure will be announced if bursaries are made available.


If you have any questions, please contact us at :


Head of the Doctoral programme

Lars Birch Andreasen

Associate Professor Lars Birch Andreasen
Phone: +45 9940 2361
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, 3-102
2450 København SV

Secretary for the Doctoral programme

Jeanette Arboe
Senior Secretary Jeanette Arboe
Phone: +45 9940 3062
Kroghstraede 3
9220 Aalborg East