25 January 2017

V International Summer School on Higher Education Research: applications open

The HSE Institute of Education invites earlier career researchers, institutional researchers, and doctoral students in the field of higher education to participate in the 2017 International Summer School, which will take place in St Petersburg from 10-16 June 2017. This year, the summer school will address higher education and social inequality.

The objective of the summer school is to provide unique learning opportunities by bringing together both young and senior researchers of higher education. This exchange of perspectives will advance our understanding of higher education and foster the integration of young researchers into the international professional community. The format includes seminars, discussions of participants’ research projects, master-classes on research methodology and writing articles for academic journals.

Applicants from all relevant backgrounds (sociology, economics, political science, education, public administration, management, psychology, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is 5 March 2017.


The programme will focus on the inequalities in higher education as well as the problematisation of the role of higher education in reproducing social inequalities.

Participation in higher education has been increasing rapidly over last decades, but social equity has not been achieved. Numerous studies around the world show persistent inequalities in access and participation in higher education shaped by social background. Gains in widening access, especially in systems with high participation rates, are undermined by the increasing stratification of higher education institutions and societies.

These challenges call for re-thinking, conceptually and socio-politically, the role higher education has in a modern society.

Summer school faculty and participants will discuss such issues as:

  • key conceptual approaches to the analysis of the relationships between higher education and social inequality (including regional, gender and other inequalities; its global dimension);
  • the roles of the state, society and markets in shaping social inequalities and stratification of higher education systems;
  • various national models for addressing inequalities in society and education;
  • under which conditions higher education can make a difference in equalising social opportunities;
  • higher education’s contribution to social solidarity and social wellbeing.


Confirmed faculty includes distinguished international researchers and experts in higher education with different professional backgrounds:

  • Isak Froumin (Academic Advisor, Institute of Education, HSE)
  • Simon Marginson (Professor, Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education)
  • Pedro Teixeira (Vice-Rector on Academic Affairs; Director, Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES) and Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Porto)
  • Jussi Välimaa (Professor, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla).
  • Po Yang (Associate Professor, Department of Economics of Education, Graduate School of Education, Peking University)

Further information, including details of how to apply, is available on the HSE Institute of Education website