Antoni Verger

Antoni Verger

Antoni Verger is associate professor at the Department of
Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a researcher of the 'Globalisation, Education and Social Policies' research centre. His main areas of expertise are global governance and education reform (antoni.verger@uab.cat).

While the privatization of education is not a new phenomenon, the increasingly prominent role of profit-oriented private organizations in education across the globe is more recent. Now, more than ever before, a broader range of educational services are produced, exchanged and consumed on a for-profit basis and through supra-national interactions. This phenomenon is evident with services that go beyond traditional private schools and universities and include, to name a few, alternative forms of educational provision (including e-learning), test preparation services, ...

Free trade agreements, such as the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or, more recently, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), pose important challenges for the construction and consolidation of public education systems, particularly in developing countries. Once signed, such agreements require governments to guarantee transnational service providers access to their national markets for an unspecified period, and limit governments’ regulatory capacity in a broad range of services sectors. In the particular case of education, these challenges are multiplied, particularly ...

On March 11th 2014, Michelle Bachelet assumed the presidency of Chile for a second term in her political life.  An educational focus framed much of the electoral debate that was central to her campaign for re-election, as it figures prominently in her “three in-depth reforms,” alongside taxation and constitutional reforms.  The 2006 and 2011 Chilean student protests played a crucial role bringing education to the forefront of the Chilean political debates. The Chilean education system is one of the most commodified ...

by Antoni Verger, Adrián Zancajo and Xavier Bonal In the context of the post-2015 debate, many stakeholders are advocating for the introduction of a learning-related goal as the most appropriate way to monitor educational progress in low-income countries. Of course, good quality education systems should provide all children with the same opportunities to learn, as well as to enjoy a satisfactory and safe schooling experience. Learning is one of the most important outputs in all education systems, but, from a development ...

At a time of economic crisis, many governments have a schizophrenic relationship with education.  On the one hand, they consider education as a strategic sector and the key to getting us out of the crisis.  On the other, they apply indiscriminate cuts to the sector, with very negative effects in terms of educational quality and equity.  To try to overcome this contradiction, during a crisis, our governments propose “educational reforms” aimed at improving education systems without necessarily investing more resources, ...

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Contributors

  • Anna Hogan is a lecturer at the University of Queensland. Anna has been researching the role of global edu-business on education policy and practice. She is currently working on projects…

  • Francine Menashy is Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She researches aid to education and non-state sector engagement, including the policies of international organisations, companies and philanthropies. She has…

  • Oren Pizmony-Levy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a PhD in sociology and comparative and international education…

  • Rebecca Tarlau is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Her ethnographic research agenda has three broad areas of focus: (1) Theories of the state and…

  • Devin K. Joshi is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University and on leave from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the…

  • Adrián Zancajo is a researcher at the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research centre of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).  He is currently undertaking a PhD in Education on education…

  • Margarida Romero is professor of educational technology at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Université Laval (Québec, Canada) and researcher at Laboratoire d'Innovation et Numérique pour l'Education (LINE) at Université…

  • Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York is a past president of the Comparative and International Education Society. She published several books on globalization, comparative policy…

  • Clara Fontdevila is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with a thesis project on the post-2015 global education agenda. She has collaborated…

  • David works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in the areas of Curriculum and Pedagogy. He was previously a teacher and school principal. His…

  • madeleine kennedy macfoy works for Education International; her work is mainly focused on the implementation of the EI gender equality action plan.

  • Antoni Verger is associate professor at the Department ofSociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a researcher of the 'Globalisation, Education and Social Policies' research centre. His main areas…

  • Dion Burns is a research analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). His work focuses on international education and policy. He has previously worked in education…

  • María Luisa Sánchez Simón is an advisor on higher education for the Spanish teachers' federation, FECCOO. At the regional level in Galicia, she is a member of the executive board…

  • Lee Nordstrum in an independent education research consultant specializing in education finance, demand for schooling and teacher issues in developing countries.  He has most recently conducted research and consulted for…

  • Howard Stevenson is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Director of Research, in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Prior to working in universities Howard…

  • Louise is a Programme Officer in the Education, Employment & Research Unit of Education International. She is monitoring international trade and investment issues in education and public services, fair & sustainable…

  • Gustavo E. Fischman is professor of educational policy and director of edXchange, the knowledge mobilization initiative at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. Dr. Fischman advocates for…

  • Iveta Silova is an Associate Professor and Director of Comparative and International Education program at the College of Education, Lehigh University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues…