The UNESCO Chair in Education for Social Justice of the Autonomous University of Madrid has as one of its fundamental axes to develop quality interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with other UNESCO Chairs, universities and research centers, on Education and Social Justice.
The Chair carries out different studies. Currently, there are four major lines of research from competitive calls:
- “Democracy in schools as the foundation of an education for social justice”. R+ D project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Government of Spain. This workstream is in tune and gathers the latest advances around the world that demand greater democratization in school and in society.
- “Rural 3.0: Service Learning for the Rural Development (RURASL)”. A project funded by the European Union within the ERASMUS + KA2 Call of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The project establishes a framework for an integrated transnational approach to academic teaching and learning that contributes to the development of rural areas, satisfying their needs and promoting innovation through Service-Learning, as an innovative methodology, and creating partnerships between communities and universities.
- School segregation. This research began in 2014 as a result of the project “Schools in socio-economically challenging contexts: An approach from education for social justice” (State Plan R+D, Ref: EDU2014-56118-P). Taking advantage of the impulse generated from the project, this research seeks to widen the knowledge of school segregation to contribute to the decision-making of educational and social public policies.
- “University service-learning in physical activity and sport. Opportunity for social inclusion”. A R+D project funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain being developed together with eight state and two international universities.
In addition, the Chair is part of the International Research Network on Education for Social Justice and collaborates with three research networks: Research Network on Service-Learning in Physical Activity and Sport for Social Inclusion (RIADIS), Research Network on Leadership and Improvement of Education (RILME) and Iberoamerican Research Network on School Change and Efficacy (RINACE).
Within the framework of the Chair, a Laboratory on Education and Social Justice has been created. This laboratory of ideas is working on the incorporation of the approaches of the southern epistemologies to the Education for Social Justice.