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Research is one of the key activities of Education International. Through our research we work to provide teachers and education unions with the knowledge and policy tools they need to meet everyday challenges to public education systems. We keep abreast of developments and trends across the education sector and assist unions in developing solid fact-based arguments for the advancement of quality education worldwide.

The topics and issues we cover include: quality in education; commercialisation and privatisation of public education; teacher education and training; global trends, such as migration and its impact on education; the status of teachers worldwide; and teachers’ working conditions in different settings.

We undertake research at Education International because we strongly support equal access to quality education for all persons everywhere, and fair working conditions for all teachers. As part of the work of our Research Network, we provide a platform for the exchange of information, ideas and projects that are mutually beneficial to our members.

In order to have an impact on policy decisions at the global level, we aim to empower Education International through independent and critical research. Beyond that, we conduct studies that are important not only for teachers and education unions, but for everyone concerned about the universal right to free, quality public education for all.




Research at EI aims to achieve the policy goals of Education International and to assist its members worldwide. We support the advancement of the right, and access, to quality education for all people through publicly-funded and regulated education systems; improving the status, human and trade union rights, fair working conditions and pay for teachers; supporting the elimination of all forms of discrimination in education; promoting unity in the education sector and recognising the role of unions in decision making processes. We coordinate and implement the research programme through surveys, studies and reviews.

EI’s research plays an important role in influencing policy development at the national, and especially at the international level.

Education Internationals’ research activities are divided between the EI Research Unit, the Research Network and the Research Institute.

The EI Research Unit, located in the EI head office, coordinates and undertakes research activities, and implements the research programme of Education International. It also assists other EI units and regional offices with their research activities. Annually Educational International publishes a variety of research studies and reports on a number of topics set out in the EI programme.

As a result of the increasing participatory role of member unions in EI’s research activities the EI Research Network was established, which functions as a voluntary and open group of EI member organisations and experts who undertake their own research activities. The primary purpose of the Research Network is the sharing of information and ideas between education unions, although it also serves as a discussion forum and platform for the development of new projects.

The EI Research Institute is a separate foundation established by Education International, although closely linked to the research work of Education International. The research institute was set up to develop the research capacity of Education International and its affiliated member organisations. It aims to conduct independent research studies, and also collects and disseminates information on studies relevant for education unions. The research institute offers fellowships to researchers on key topics decided every year.


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The Education International Research Institute was established as a foundation in 2007. The research institute functions as a separate body to Education International, but similar to it, helps to equip teachers and trade unionists with the knowledge and information they need to meet the many challenges facing public education systems today.

The work of the EI Research Institute is based on the conviction that quality research can make an important contribution to the attainment of trade union, professional and societal goals and lays the foundation for developing sound policies and practices.

The aims of the Institute are to contribute to the right to quality education for all, to enhance the status of teachers and other employees in education, and to promote education in favour of democracy, social justice and peace. In widening and deepening teacher unions’ capacity to conduct quality research, the Institute affirms the critical role that research can and should play in any democratic society.

The Research Institute’s aims and objectives will be pursued through:

  • Collecting and disseminating information on studies of strategic importance for education unions in particular and trade unions in general;
  • Producing quality, research-based studies on topical issues in education and human and trade union rights;
  • Developing dialogue and cooperation with scholars and researchers;
  • Building a data base on key parameters related to education and educators;
  • Developing the research capacity of EI and its affiliated member organizations.

The Institute places particular emphasis on cooperation with other foundations, institutes and research centres whose objectives are compatible with EI’s fundamental aims and principles. It will function as a research clearing house to facilitate project proposals related to education and the welfare of education personnel; seek financing for such projects; and disseminate the resulting studies to education unions, other research institutions, and the general public.

The EI Research Institute will promote studies of interest both to the teaching profession and to the wider community.

Research projects are coordinated from EI’s Brussels headquarters and are conducted under contract with EI member unions, universities, other research institutes, or with individual qualified researchers who have been appointed as Research Fellows.

For details about the EI Research Institute's work and structure, please download the information leaflet here.

For additional information, email the Research Institute at [email protected]

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