Research Centers and Networks

AFIRSE - Association Francophone Internationale de Recherche Scientifique en Education

As an international network that brings together researchers from some twenty Francophone and non-Francophone countries, AFIRSE contributes to the development of scientific research in education and the dissemination of research results in view of improving the conditions both of teaching/learning, as well of educational policy, planning and management.

CERI - Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The OECD'S Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) has an extensive research programme on learning at all ages in both formal and non-formal settings. While focusing on emerging trends and issues, CERI also reflects on the futures of schools and higher education institutions.

CRI - Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity

Projects at the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) at the University of Paris-Descartes are designed at the interface of science, education, and society. They explore issues around learning among young children, secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as among graduate students.  

FPSE - Faculté de psychologie et des sciences de l'éducation

The international and comparative education team within the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Geneva, focuses its wotk on the analysis of cross-national trends in education policy, as well as the role of education and international cooperation in the development and transformation of schooling in the South.

NORRAG - Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training 

NORRAG is a forum that promotes critical analysis of international development, particularly in the field of education and training, through a network of researchers, policymakers, donor agencies and NGOs.

WISE - World Innovation Summit on Education

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action in order to build the future of education through innovation. WISE is now an ongoing initiative and a global reference in new approaches to education


Human Rights and Ethics of International Cooperation University of Bergamo

Serves to bridge disciplinary approaches and to connect diverse social and political organizations and institutions in view of strengthening international cooperation in the area of human rights. The Chair is involved in research on issues such as the right to education, cultural diversity, religion and education. More

Curriculum Development - University of Quebec in Montreal

Provides research evidence and technical support in order to strengthen the capacities of professionals, educational practitioners, and university researchers in the field of curriculum development and implementation of educational reforms. More

Political Economy of Education – University of Nottingham

Promotes research in the field of comparative political economy of education within the context of international development objectives. Its focus is on joint research and the development of an international academic network. The Chair also ensures the development of staff and post-graduate students working at the higher education and policy levels. More

Comparative Education - University of Hong Kong

Supports research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of comparative education. The Comparative Education Research Center established within the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong houses the expertise in comparative education. More

Learning and Literacy - University of Pennsylvania

Supports the achievement of the EFA goals and MDGs for literacy and basic education. Its work aims at addressing learning and literacy issues with a particular focus on the less developed countries in the world and marginalized populations. The Chair is established within the University of Pennsylvania’s International Literacy Institute (ILI) which was co-founded by UNESCO in 1994. More


UNESCO Institutes

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