Institute of Education


What can we learn about global education from Historical and Global Policy Studies of the OECD?

28 November 2019, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

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Bernardita Munoz Chereau


Room G08
Chadwick Building
Gower Street

World-leading expert Professor Christian Ydesen (Aalborg University, Denmark) explores the historical events and developments that have shaped education.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been key in the development of the way global governance in education works. The OECD is widely recognised as a global authority in education because of its unique role in governance by comparison and the production of educational norms and paradigms, such as educational measurement indicators.

However, while most research recognises the enormous importance of the OECD as a global education policy shaper, little effort has been made in gaining a better understanding of the developments and events that made it possible for the OECD to assume this dominant role.

More than 70 years have passed since the foundation of its predecessor, the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC). The purpose of this seminar is to revisit the historical events and developments that have put education on the economic agenda and which have shaped and informed the very way education is construed and enacted across the globe today.

The seminar will be chaired by Professor of Literacy Gemma Moss, Director of the International Literacy Centre, Department of Leadership and Learning.


About the Speaker

Professor Christian Ydesen

Professor at Aalborg University

Professor Christian Ydesen is the Principle Investigator for ‘The Global History of the OECD in education’ project, funded by the Aalborg University talent programme, and the project 'Education Access under the Reign of Testing and Inclusion’, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford. He has published several articles on topics such as educational testing, international organisations, accountability, educational psychology and diversity in education from historical and international perspectives.