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World Experts Discuss Education for Sustainability at CIES 2019

World Experts Discuss Education for Sustainability at CIES 2019

San Francisco, the U.S. has recently welcomed a superb cohort of international researchers, institutional leaders and policymakers to engage in multi-prism discussions on the role of education in the Global Sustainability Agenda as part of the 63rd annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference. A team of 16 experts from IOE representing the Institute’s various R&D units and dimensions of expertise traveled to San Francisco this year to speak at CIES 2019.   

Recognized as one of the world’s top-tier academic forums to explore multiple cross-border perspectives in education and development, CIES spotlights an agenda that has resonated widely with specific R&D areas and broader scholarly domains that are of primary interest to IOE’s labs and experts groups.

This year, the attendees from IOE presented on numerous topics ranging from measuring parental engagement and regional inequality in K–12 exam scores to issues of professional wellbeing of national teacher corps, recent outcomes in higher education cooperation between China and Russia, etc. In between the conference sessions, IOE delegates were also actively sharing with their international peers about IOE’s other key areas of R&D, postdoc fellowship opportunities, conferences and summer schools organized by IOE, etc.      

Alongside a vibrant and multifaceted agenda in academic debate, a series of presentations of newly released international volumes with contributions by IOE were also held as part of CIES 2019.

The inauguration of Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies and Practices, a volume recently out in the prestigious Oxford Studies for Comparative Education series that brings together insight and commentary on the subject by leading scholars from across nations, including a chapter by IOE experts Elena Minina and Tatyana Khavenson, has sparked a prolific discussion on the grounds of CIES 2019 about the most promising areas in further studies of post-socialist educational space. World-class experts including, among others, Iveta Silova (Arizona State University), Colin McLaughlin (Oxford University) and Nelli Piattoeva (University of Tampere) took an active part in this discussion to share their thinking on the topic.

“For me as a doctoral student at IOE, taking part in CIES 2019 ushered in a genuinely invaluable experience as, first of all, I received highly edifying exposures to the global academic community and was able to further build up my professional network, while also getting an opportunity to source firsthand feedback on my PhD project from the world’s leading academics in my scholarly domain,” Anastasia Getman, a research assistant at the IOE International Laboratory for Education Policy Analysis has commented.