The centre will use multilevel, comparative, cross-cultural and cross-border research to examine educational policies and practices in a critical light, and to explore the role of governance and the agency of teachers and students in terms of equity and equality. The research is carried out in seven different teams working under three thematic areas:
1. Governance, politics and marketization changes in the Nordic understanding of justice through education Principles related to justice – such as equality and universality – have historically played a strong role in educational policies in the Nordic countries, but is their importance decreasing in favor of more emphasis on comparison, marketization, effectiveness, and individualization?
2. Justice through educational practices? Analyzing innovative cultures of teaching and learning in Nordic contexts Policy changes impact how teaching and learning restrains and/or promotes equality and justice in Nordic education. The research focus is on how influences of politics and policies on educational institutions in terms of justice can be examined in innovative teaching and learning practices in new ways.
3. Enabling and constraining justice in education: agency, marginalization and diversity Marginalization and exclusion from active participation and success in education are detrimental both for the individual and society at large. The research studies how justice is supported and constrained in and by Nordic education from the viewpoint of the individual. The research relates agency, marginalization and the central notion of diversity in order to analyze the place of justice in education.