International Reseach Network on Education for Social Justice

The International Research Network on Education for Social Justice is a consortium of research centers, groups and teams from different countries that work on Social Justice and Education from various perspectives and perspectives. It was formally created in September 2019 from the collaboration between seven research groups from six different countries. Each of them with a different organization, structure, characteristics and approaches.

Its purpose is: To contribute to the construction of fairer societies through the development of an education for social justice. To do this, it sets three objectives:

  • Improve research on Education for Social Justice and its impact on educational practice and policy.
  • Strengthen the professional capacities of the teams that make up the Network, as well as contribute to the training of teachers and specialists on Education for Social Justice.
  • Promote the dissemination and dissemination of knowledge, materials, research and experiences of Education for Social Justice.

In order to meet the objectives set for the Network and, thereby, achieve the expected results, it is proposed to carry out organized actions related to research, training, and dissemination and dissemination.

The research centers/groups that make up the Network are:

UNESCO Chair on Education for Social Justice, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain 

The UNESCO Chair on Education for Social Justice of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was created in March 2019 through a collaboration agreement between UNESCO and UAM. Its purpose is to promote a transformation towards fairer societies through the promotion of an integrated system of research, development and innovation, dissemination, training and documentation on education for social justice. Likewise, collaboration is sought among internationally recognised high-level researchers, teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Spain and other places in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It currently has a team of 74 people, including Research and Teaching Staff, Technical Team, Research Staff in Training and Doctoral Students.

Chairholder: F. Javier Murillo 

Research Center for Education for Social Justice (CIEJUS), Chile

The Research Center for Education for Social Justice (CIEJUS) is a network of 30 researchers and researchers from five Chilean and three international universities, highly sensitized by the various educational, social, economic, emotional injustices, etc., that affect people and / or groups, towns and populations of Chile. Its objective is to produce knowledge together with the subjects and their communities, realizing a meeting between science and society, between scientists and social actors in order to respond to the educational demands of the country, through the transdisciplinary organization from three research nuclei: a) Teacher training, school and community; b) Education and territory; and c) Indigenous education. All of them address the educational problems of segregation, discrimination and inequalities present in the national education system, and assuming social justice as their axis seek to identify solutions that promote equity, inclusion and quality in the national education system.

Coordinator: Donatila Ferrada Torres

Research group “Education and Political Culture” of the National Pedagogical University (UPN), Colombia

The research group “Education and Political Culture” aims to study the mechanisms of conformation and dissemination of the dominant political culture, its relationship with subordinate political cultures, forms of resistance and the links established with education. Better understand the cultural dimensions of the current political situation, the society projects that underlie the political actions, and the role that education and socialization have been having in the different forms of social and political participation. It is structured in four lines of research: education and political culture; childhood, culture and education; critical pedagogies and alterities; networks, mobilizations for education and political subjectivities. The group is registered in the National Pedagogical University of Bogotá (Colombia) and in the National Science and Technology and Innovation-Colciencias Platform.

Coordinator: Martha Cecilia Herrera

Research group “Critical Theory of Education: Democracy and Citizenship” of the National University of the Center of the Province of Buenos Aires (UNCPBA), Argentina

The research group “Critical Theory of Education: Democracy and Citizenship” is composed of teachers and researchers concerned with the problem of the foundation of education and, above all, the justification of a critical theory of education that can address the constitutive relationship of the educational action with ethics and politics, a relationship in which the condition of criticism is possible. The group is based in the Nucleus of Educational and Social Studies (NEES) of the Faculty of Human Sciences (UNCPBA) and is dedicated to studying pedagogical and philosophical problems, more specifically in the area of Education Philosophy, with special attention to the phenomena of the development of contemporary democracies and the corresponding citizenship models.

Coordinator: Margarita Sgró

Studies and research group “Paidéia. Studies in Philosophy, Modernity and Education” (GEFIME) of the State University of Campinas, Brazil

The group Paidéia develops studies and research in the field of educational philosophy. The concept of Paidéia overcomes the limited attachment to the child’s instruction. It is a reflection on the formation of man for rational life in the polis. It applies to adulthood, formation and culture, society and the spiritual universe of the human condition. The historical construction of this world of culture reaches its peak when the conscious idea of education is reached. In this sense it is planned to develop three lines of research: ethics, politics and education; epistemology and theories of education; and education and technology in the information society.

Coordinator: Pedro Goergen

Research group “Philosophy and Education” of the University of Passo Fundo, Brazil

The research group Philosophy and Education focuses on the research effort to address the problems related to the educational-educational dimension of the human being from the perspective of reasoning. The guiding thread develops in questions such as in what sense can we think critically, from different theoretical perspectives, problems inherent in the human educational-formative process? What roles do concepts such as rationality, action, language and training play in this context?

Coordinator: Angelo V. Cenci

Childhood and Youth Research Group in Diversity Contexts of the University of Chiapas, Mexico

The research group is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (Mexico) and is recognised by the Ministry of Public Education in Mexico. It focuses on the reasearch workstream of identity, power and culture. Under this workstream, individual and collective identities in formation, transformation, exposure and contact are approached, mainly those that conflict with intercultural encounters or diversity contexts. When talking about identities, we recognise the plurality of scenarios in which children and young people move, from the community to the school, through the media, urban, public, family and personal relationships. In all these scenarios, cultural and political elements are present and constitutive of identity. The interdisciplinary approach allows emphasizing the psychocultural and social elements, reflecting mainly on the attention between the subject and the community.

Coordinator: Martín Plascencia González