Department of Culture and Learning

Centre for Education policy research (CFU)

Learning the Welfare State (STATELEARN)

The STATELEARN research team investigates the creation of citizens within the welfare state. This includes a keen interest in comparative welfare state studies, educational and social reforms, international and transnational education transfer, migration and migrant education, social cohesion and inclusion strategies, crafting of the nation state through education, and church and secularization reforms.

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Research in higher education (RHE)

This programme examines higher education nationally and internationally in the field between social development and educational policy movements at macro and meta levels, investigating the consequences and influence on and development of educational institutions' organizational, educational and pedagogical work on the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of education and teaching.

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Educational Transitions in Policy and Practice (ETP)

The ETP research team studies policies and practices of educational transitions at primarily the local level with particular attention to specific regional contexts and conditions (at e.g. the municipal or regional level). This includes the transition of adolescents from compulsory schooling to upper-secondary education and further onto the labor market. 

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Global Education Policies (GEP)

The team Global Education Policies (GEP) is led by Christian Ydesen. The team focuses on international/global education from comparative and historical perspectives. Making this combination between comparative and historical studies the team offers a relatively rare perspective in international education research.


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Arts-based Methods and Perfomativity in Education and Education Research (AMPERE)

The AMPERE network aims to make visible two specific research interests shared by a number of researchers within CfU: arts-based research methods in teaching and educational research, and performativity as a theoretical perspective. We share an interest in approaches to performativity theories and research methods that include the body, affects, creativity, artistic means and methodological diversity. Read more

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Mette Buchardt, Head of Research Center

Mette Buchardt, Head of Research Center
Kroghstraede 3 - 3.232
9220 Aalborg East