Ibon Gutierrez Blanco studied the Degree in Primary Education from the University of the Basque Country, during which he carried out various volunteer activities in Bilbao, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, El Ejido (Almería) and Ouarzazate (Morocco), with people at risk of social exclusion. It is worth mentioning that the subject of his final degree project was education for sustainable development.
Later he moved to Madrid to take the Master in Psychopedagogy at the Complutense University of Madrid, with the intention of training more in inclusive education and specific educational needs. The practices of this master’s degree were carried out at the EDUCO Foundation, where he acquired special interest in teaching-learning methodologies that advocate the participation of students and the opening of educational centers to their next territory. Thus, he was interested in service-learning, the subject of his master’s thesis.
After completing the master’s degree, the Doctorate in Education from the Autonomous University of Madrid began. The doctoral thesis he develops deals with the development of skills in sustainability and service-learning in teacher training.
He has also been a collaborating researcher, together with his thesis directors Pilar Aramburuzabala and Rosario Cerrillo, in the project “Education and social innovation for sustainability. Training in Spanish universities of professionals as agents of change to face the challenges of society ”(EDINSOST). Which has been funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and coordinates the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
He has worked at the National Center for Educational Innovation and Research (CNIIE) of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, in the Project of Educational Support to Special Educational Needs and Education for Development thanks to a training and research grant. He has also been an E-learning Manager at the Antonio de Nebrija University and is currently a trainee in training and research in the Subdirectorate of Learning of the National Institute of Public Administration under the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Function.