University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow (GU) has a tradition of excellence as the fourth oldest university in the UK. It is a member of the elite Russell Group of leading UK research universities, a founding member of Universitas21, and a member of IRUN (International Research Universities Network), an international network of broad-based research universities. GU has fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, Scotland’s first female medical graduates, and includes among its alumni, some of the world’s most renowned innovators, from scientist Lord Kelvin, economist Adam Smith, to the pioneer of television John Logie Baird. Ranked 51st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2013) and 17th in the UK, GU is a world-leading research intensive institution, attracting scholars from more than 130 countries worldwide each year. In recognition of its employment practices that specifically support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education, UGLA has been awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award. The Institution also holds the European Commission ‘HR excellence in research’ award.


Oscar ValienteOscar Valiente is a Lecturer at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change of the University of Glasgow. He holds a doctoral degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Research Methods for Social Sciences. His research includes the role of international organisations in the global governance of education and training systems, policy borrowing and policy transfer in TVET and skills development, and the effects of education policies on social equity from a comparative perspective. He will be leading the team at University of Glasgow.

Michele SchweisfurthMichele Schweisfurth is Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Glasgow, and co-Director of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change. She has been Vice-Chair and Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (2008-2012) and editor of the journal Comparative Education (2009-2014) and is currently Chair of the Research Standing Committee of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies. Her research interests include learner mobility and the relationships between policy, pedagogy and social change, and her methodological expertise includes comparative case studies and qualitative approaches.

Lesley DoyleLesley Doyle is a senior lecturer in educational sociology and research methods in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She holds a doctoral degree in educational sociology. Her main research interests revolve around international and comparative dimensions on youth and young adult (aged 14-29 years) transitions in education, training and work, and related education and social policy.

Kevin LowdenKevin Lowden MSc, BSc, DipMRS. Kevin is a Senior Researcher at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change within the School of Education and will support the University of Glasgow team. He has 28 years of experience as a researcher and Principal Investigator on over 40 national and international research and evaluation projects with a high impact on policy and practice.

Kristinn HermannssonKristinn Hermannsson is a lecturer in Educational Economics at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change in the School of Education, University of Glasgow. He is secretary of the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International and takes particular interest in interdisciplinary approaches to further the understanding of sub-national and sub-regional impacts of education policies.

Ellen VanderhovenEllen Vanderhoven is a Research Assistant at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow. She holds an MSc in Education, Public Policy and Equity for which her postgraduate thesis explored partnership working in Scottish public policy and community education contexts. She is a Project Co-ordinator of the EPPE Network, an international network that seeks to connect and support professionals working to promote equity within the fields of education and public policy. Formerly a teacher and youth worker, she is now working full-time on the H2020 project, developing the Scottish part of the project jointly with the rest of the team at the University of Glasgow.

Angela Bravo holds a degree in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, a degree in Education and a MSc in Education, Public Policy and Equity at the University of Glasgow. She has trained in effective educational reform and policy innovation in Finland, the United States, South Korea, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil. She holds eight years of professional experience in education and social policy. She worked for three years in the Ministry of Education of Peru, where she led the national curriculum reform for life and work skills in Secondary Education.

Queralt Capsada-Munsech is a postdoctoral researcher at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. She got her PhD in Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). Her main research interests are social stratification, education and transitions to labour market. Her doctoral thesis addresses the study of overeducation among university graduates from different fields of study and social origins.