All members of the consortium have great previous experience in their field of activities. Some of partners have strong academic profile (for example UNOTT, HIVA, Fafo etc), others are strong policy-oriented (for example SIAE, NTF etc). Similar complementarities relate to databases developed and exploited by different partners. Thus, each of the lead national research partners will bring specific expertise to the project, both in relevant academic fields as well as experiences in cross-national research. Apart from four main disciplines (sociology, economics, educational sciences, political science), the consortium includes a variety of other disciplines: demography, psychology, anthropology, philosophy and statistics.
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES, Tallinn University (IISS)
TALLINN – Estonia
Project Office: Triin ROOSALU, Eve-Liis ROOSMAA
Estonia will serve as overall coordinator and support the whole project with longstanding competence in project management. In-depth expertise in international expertise of sociological problems related to lifelong learning will add empirical know how to the project. IISS will be lead partner of the project phases Preparation and Research II (partly), where its competencies will be used best.
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND SOCIETY, Catholique University of Louvain (K. U. Leuven) (HIVA)
LEUVEN – Belgium
Belgium will contribute to multidisciplinary research of lifelong learning. In-depth expertise in international comparison of sociological problems related to lifelong learning will add theoretical and empirical know how to the project. Because of numerous comparative research experience with other European partners HIVA will serve as lead partner for the Research phases I and II.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM (UNOTT)
NOTTINGHAM - United Kingdom
United Kingdom has considerable experience in the field, especially in research into and theorising of lifelong learning and adult education as well as methodological aspects of lifelong learning. It will serve the project as lead partner for measuring lifelong learning and dissemination phase.
In the beginning of the project we had University of Surrey (Centre of Research in Lifelong Learning) as English partner, but after John Holford's move from Surrey to Nottingham the partnership changed to Nottingham University.
MORAY HOUSE SCHOOL FOR EDUCATION, University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)
EDINBURGH - United Kingdom
Sheila RIDDELL and Elisabet WEEDON
Scotland has done comprehensive and empirical studies on a range of equality and social justice issues with reference to education, training and employment. This competence will be useful to address the historical aspect of the subject of the research. It qualifies the institution to be lead partner for the project phase review of literature and policy I (historical aspect).
EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE CENTRE, AND CENTRE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, Dublin City University (EDC/CSHD)
DUBLIN – Ireland
Paul DOWNES and Catherine MAUNSELL
The Educational Disadvantage Centre has engaged in largely qualitative research regarding educational disadvantage, early school leaving and social justice issues. The Centre for Human Development examines adult development from an interdisciplinary perspective of psychology, sociology and philosophy and its members are all also members of the Education Department at St. Patrick’s College. EDC/HD will be lead partner of the project phase Research IV (institutional aspect): Interviews with (vocational, secondary) schools and universities management, officials.
FAFO INSTITUTE FOR LABOUR AND SOCIAL RESEARCH (Fafo)
OSLO – Norway
Odd Bjørn URE
Norway is a core partner in several comparative projects on lifelong learning under the 5th framework program. Because of experiences in monitoring national developments in lifelong learning through large scale surveys Fafo will have a decisive input to the project phase Research I (individual aspect): Researching participation of adults in formal learning (secondary, vocational schools, and universities) on the basis of Eurostat Lifelong Learning survey data and other existing national data sets.
SLOVENIAN INSTITUTE FOR ADULT EDUCATION (SIAE)
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia
Vida A. Mohorcic SPOLAR
Slovenia has a long-term experience of international cooperation, first of all in the field of policy and legislation research. This competence will be useful to address the policy aspect of the subject of research. SIAE will take the lead of Review of literature and policy II (policy aspect) that will extract the comparative policy analysis.
TÁRKI SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (TARKI)
BUDAPEST – Hungary
Hungary fielded surveys on transition from secondary school to tertiary education; on public opinion of students about their educational conditions; and on concrete policy relevant issues. The institute has accumulated concrete experiences in research on educational inequalities. Therefore TARKI will assist HIVA in Research I (individual aspect).
MYKOLAS ROMERIS UNIVERSITY (MRU)
VILNIUS – Lithuania
Lithuania will serve as national expert. It will add competence about lifelong learning in Lithuania. Specific priority of the LTU is given to study sociological problems related to social exclusion.
INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY (IS)
SOFIA – Bulgaria
Bulgaria has the role of a national expert. The researchers from the IS are experts and members of board for accreditation and educational policy in Bulgaria. As national expert this partner will contribute essential know how about the educational inequalities in the post-socialist countries.
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF RETRAINING AND IMPROVEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU)
ST. PETERSBURG - Russian Federation
Russia will serve as national expert. It will add strong theoretical interdisciplinary approach and extensive expertise in the field of sociology of education.
THE NATIONAL TRAINING FUND (NTF)
PRAGUE - Czech Republic
Czech Republic has the role of a national expert. NTF has a main role in the preparation (setting up) national politics for Adult Education in the Czech Republic. Its document: Strategy for Human Resources Development was one of the main documents used in European Social Fund programming. NTF is also the agency for implementation of projects. It will add competence about vocational education and lifelong learning in Czech Republic. Specific priority of the NTF is given to identify needs and priorities of vocational education in terms of labour market requirements.
INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH (STI)
VILNIUS – Lithuania
STI is one of the leaders in Lithuania (2nd Lithuanian member) in the field of sociology and other social sciences since 1977. Institute held various international projects. Few of them are relevant for this project, i.e. National longitudinal survey of labour market experience in Lithuania (1983-93), and the international projects "Social Changes in Baltic and Nordic Countries" (1993-1995), “Family and Living Conditions in the Baltic States”(1995-98). Human resources in R&D of the Institute are much stronger when we compare the publications and the network with other universities in Lithuania. The researchers are involved in teaching at various universities. Doctoral students of the Institute participate in all research activities of the Institute.
DANUBE UNIVERSITY KREMS, University for Continuing Education (DUK)
KREMS – Austria
University for Continuing Education (DUK), Austria operates at the interface between education and the labour market. It has designed projects in the fields of knowledge, learning and work. These competencies will be useful to address the institutional aspect of lifelong learning. It qualifies DUK to be lead partner for the project phase Research III (SME and the participation of workers in formal learning, Interviews with SME management).
In the beginning of the project we had 3s Research Laboratory as Austrian partner.