The International and Comparative Education Research group focuses on the intersection between theory, policy and pedagogy applied to the comparative and international inquiry of global educational issues. The research approach rests on the historical tradition established in the field and involves the empirical investigation of cross-national, -local and institutional dimensions of educational development, planning, reform, delivery and assessment. Research in the field is interdisciplinary aiming at holistic analyses of educational concerns applied at several levels. Most phenomena of interest to international and comparative researchers are scientifically examined through established units of comparison, for example, through geographical, societal and individual dimensions. The research outcomes of international and comparative studies impact on social change and improvement of educational matters and understanding of educational systems around the world.

The ICER group is actively involved with external actors, institutions, organisations and community outreach around the world. The researchers have established collaboration with large international organisations such as the OECD, UNESCO, UN, IIEP and NGO’s and government agencies working with educational development issues.

In their capacity as international and comparative education collaborators, the researchers also offer consultancies on issues of comparative and international relevance, and contribute on the Doctoral Program as supervisors and examiners to a number of PhD candidates at the department and internationally.

Our research colloquium program offers local and international scholars and practioners opportunities to engage with issues related to the central agenda of ICER. The colloquium language is English.

The ICER group has widely established contacts and develops cooperation with several universities around the world, among them the University of Tokyo and the University of Jyväskylä.


Meeri Hellsten, Professor
Klara Bolander Laksov, Professor
Shu Nu Chang-Rundgren, Professor
Ulf Fredriksson, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Petros Gougoulakis, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Jonas Gustafsson, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Joakim Landahl, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Ali Resa Majlesi, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Cormac Mc Grath, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Lazaro Moreno Herrera, Professor
Ali Osman, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Malgorzata Malec Rawinski, Senior Lecturer, PhD
Max Scheja, Professor
Marianne Teräs, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
Rebecca Ye, Senior Lecturer, PhD

PhD Students

Reed Curtis
Natalie Nielsen
Maria Mersini Pananaki 
Brendan Munhall
Helena Reierstam
Adrian Rexgren
Ulrika Åkesson

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