Tuomas MacGilleon

is a freelance journalist based in Tampere, Finland. Interested in science and how it affects our everyday lives. Contact: tuomas.macgilleon@gmail.com

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Tone Merethe Aasen

Tone Merethe Aasen is Research Manager at NTNU Social Research AS, Norway. She holds an MSc in Biophysics and Medical engineering from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), a MMa from BI Norwegian School of Management, and a PhD in organizational innovation processes from NTNU. Her main research interests include innovation processes and innovation management, organizational complexity and business performance.

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Renée David Aeschlimann

Renée David Aeschlimann is a French journalist specialsed in themes of education. Contact: davidaeschlimann01@gmail.com

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Warda Ahmed

Warda Ahmed is a Finnish teacher student and the chairman for the new Feminist Party of Finland

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Mateja Rozman Amon

Mateja Rozman Amon is Director of Adult Education Centre Radovljica, one of the organisations behind PLYA (Project learning for young adults programme) in Slovenia. She worked as a mentor in PLYA programme for ten years. Her work is mainly devoted to adult education in the local environment, especially to the groups of vulnerable adults, young adults who dropped out of regular school, adults in literacy programmes and learning in the third life period. She has been a manager of many EU projects mainly focused on including adult learners from disadvantaged groups. Contact: mateja.rozman-amon@lu-r.si.

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Oscar Amundsen

Oscar Amundsen is associate professor at Department of Adult Learning and Counselling, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. His master is in language and literature studies, and includes disciplines from social sciences, humanities and technology studies. Amundsen’s PhD is from organizational studies, and his main research interests are organizational change and development, innovation, culture and learning in organizations.

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Eeva Anttila

Eeva Anttila is Professor of Dance Pedagogy at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland. Her current research interests include somatic approaches to dance pedagogy, embodied knowledge and embodied learning. Contact: eeva.anttila@teak.fi

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Ilari Aula

Ilari Aula is a free writer specialising in global politics and philosophy. He holds a degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He acted as managing editor of LLinE for the issue 3/2013 Mobility and Migration. Email: aulailari@gmail.com

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Berta Espona Barcons

Berta Espona Barcons is B.A. in Pedagogy (UAB) and has a Social Policy, Employment and Welfare master's degree (former Master on Applied Sociology Research – UAB). She currently works as research technician in Autonomous University of Barcelona, Department of Applied Pedagogy, as project manager of the SIRIUS European policy network. She has experience in the field of spare time education, as monitor, coordinator and trainer. She worked as research technician, at the Department of Systematic and Social Pedagogy at the Autonomus University of Barcelona, in projects related to the evaluation of continuous training. She has training and experience also in cooperation projects and interculturality.

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Carmel Borg

Carmel Borg is Associate Professor in Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy and Community and Adult Education within the Faculty of Education, University of Malta. He has written, presented and published extensively in several languages around the foregoing issues. Professor Borg promotes education as a liberating experience and challenges technologies of oppression within education systems. He has a long-standing involvement in curriculum development at all levels of the education process, locally and internationally. Professor Borg is the Editor of the Malta Review of Education Research (MRER) and is associate editor of several other peer-reviewed, international journals. Contact. Postal Address: Faculty of Education, University of Malta, MSD 2080, Malta. Email address: carmel.borg@um.edu.mt

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Elena Boukouvala

Elena Boukouvala is a Dramatherapist MA, Counsellor of children and young people MA, and a Psychologist. Contact: k_boukouvala@yahoo.com

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Saskia Brand-Gruwel

Prof. Dr. Saskia Brand-Gruwel is professor in the Learning Sciences and Chair of the Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology of the Open University of the Netherlands. Her research interest concerns ‘information literacy’ and ‘instructional design’. She is secretary of the Netherlands Educational Research Association (NERA).

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Deborah Britzman

Deborah Britzman is Distinguished Research Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto and a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada. She writes in the areas of psychoanalysis and education, literature, and the education of teachers. Britzman’s research into the emotional situation of teaching and learning leans upon her work as a psychoanalyst. Author of six books and numerous articles, her forthcoming book ,with SUNY Press, is titled, A psychoanalyst in the classroom: character studies of the human condition of education. Contact: britzman@edu.yorku.ca

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Kevin Campbell-Wright

Kevin Campbell-Wright is a communications, digital learning and innovations professional.

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Mark Cieliebak

Mark Cieliebak is Deputy Head of Research Area “Distributed Software Systems” at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). He did his PhD in computer science at ETH Zurich and worked several years as Head of IT in a software startup, until he joined ZHAW in 2012. In his research, he focusses on software engineering, efficient algorithms and automatic text understanding, where he publishes frequently. In addition, he is an enthusiastic teacher and lecturer. He received a special award for “Outstanding Teaching” at ETH Zurich, and also recently received the “Teaching Award 2014” at his university. Contact: ciel@zhaw.ch

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Anna Ciraso-Calí

Anna Ciraso-Calí has a degree on Educational Sciences (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia, 2007), and is a pedagogue (UAB, 2011). She has professional experience in non-formal education, especially in environmental education, expressive workshops, and as a professional educator in supporting pupil and families. As a researcher, she has participated in research projects on transfer evaluation, teacher training, workplace training, innovation-oriented training, evaluation of training, of social and community programmes. Anna is a member of GIPE research group on Educational Policy, and of the EFI subgroup.

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Darlene Clover

Darlene E. Clover is Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her areas of interest include: women and leadership; feminist and arts-based adult education and research; adult education in arts and cultural institutions. She is co-editing a volume entitled Adult education and museums: Animating social and cultural change (Forthcoming 2016). Contact: clover@uvic.ca

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Frank Coffield

Frank Coffield is Emeritus Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland. He retired at the end of 2007 after 42 years in education, having worked in the universities of Keele, Durham and Newcastle in England; and at a comprehensive school, an Approved School and Jordanhill College of Education in Scotland. He has written books on, for example, juvenile delinquency, youth unemployment, vandalism and graffiti, young people and drugs, youth enterprise, a critical review of learning styles and the impact of policy on post-compulsory education. Contact: f.coffield@ioe.ac.uk

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Pia Cort

Pia Cort is Associate Professor of Vocational Education and Training in the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research areas include education policy, educational evaluation, vocational education and training and lifelong learning. Currently she is involved in two European projects: “Learning for Career and Labour Market Transitions”. Contact: cort@dpu.dk

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Maria Graciela Cuervo

Maria Graciela Cuervo is a Program Officer at the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) Secretariat since October 2012. María graduated as a lawyer and obtained a masters degree in Labour Policies and Globalization from the Berlin School of Economics and Law. As activist, she has national and international experience advocating for human rights especially with regard to education, women and labor rights. Previews ICAE, María worked for the Dominican Ministry of Labor, and with CIPAF, one of the oldest feminist organizations in the Dominican Republic. Maria has been engaged in several international advocacy processes at United Nations system, including recent work on the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Contact: oficina@icae.org.uy

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Magnus Dahlstedt

Magnus Dahlstedt is professor of social work at Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. His research interests include the transformation of citizenship ideals in a time shaped by international migration. Contact: magnus.dahlstedt@liu.se

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Steven Dhondt

Steven Dhondt is senior researcher, also at TNO in the Netherlands, and visiting professor of Social Innovation at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Lars Djernaes

Mr. Lars Djernaes is a senior adviser responsible for the coordination of the Nordic co-operation on working life at the Nordic Council of Ministers secretariat in Copenhagen. He holds a Master degree in political science from University of Aarhus. He has also worked for the Danish Ministry of Employment and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the last 11 years he has been involved in international cooperation on employment and employment related issues like adult education. Contact: ldj@norden.org

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Haris Doukas

Dr. Haris Doukas is a Mechanical Engineer (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – AUTH, 2003), holding a PhD degree on management and decision support systems (National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, 2009). Dr. Doukas is an elected faculty member, as Lecturer in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NTUA (2011). Moreover, Dr. Doukas is a founding member of the Hellenic Association for Adult Education (AAE) and has participated in related Life Long Learning (LLL) actions at a local (e.g. POLIS-NET), national (e.g. BUILD UP Skills - Greece) and European (e.g. InfoNet) level. Contact: hdoukas@aae.org.gr

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Dominika Drahovzalová

Dominika Drahovzalová holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and special education from the Charles University in Prague. She has a long-standing interest in theatre and works with special dramatic techniques. The topic of her bachelor's thesis was the Theatre of the oppressed. Contact:Drahovzalka@seznam.cz

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Eleanor DuPlooy

Eleanor du Plooy is Project Leader for the Ashley Kriel Youth Leadership Development Project. She attended Stellenbosch University and majored in Anthropology, English and Psychology. Her anthropological training and extensive experience doing fieldwork have equipped her with the skills to interact with a wide range of people on various issues. She believes in the transformative power of the youth and through her work at IJR endeavours to provide platforms through which they can make their voices heard. As an expressionist, she values the importance of dialogue and recognises the need to engage in meaningful exchanges, particularly with those who we have come to view as different from ourselves. When Eleanor is not working she enjoys spending her time hiking, reading, and writing poetry. Contact:Eduplooy@ijr.org.za

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Karen Evans

Karen Evans is Professor and Chair in Education (Lifelong Learning) at the Institute of Education, University of London and research theme leader in the UK Economic and Social Research Council LLAKES Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies. Karen Evans’ main fields of research are learning in life and work transitions, and learning in and through the workplace. She has directed major studies of learning and working life in Britain and internationally. Books include Improving Literacy at Work (2011); Learning, Work and Social Responsibility (2009); Improving Workplace Learning (2006); Reconnection: Countering Social Exclusion through Situated Learning (2004); Working to Learn (2002); Learning and Work in the Risk Society (2000). She has recently co-edited the Sage Handbook of Workplace Learning (2011) and the Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (2012) and was previously editor of the journal of international and comparative education COMPARE. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

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Rosemary Exton

Rosemary Exton's career spans thirty years as a clinician, regional manager and trade union representative in the National Health Service. She is currently a Director of the Royal College of Midwives. Rosemary is also a Director, researcher and consultant at UKWON and Workplace Innovation Limited where she brings particular expertise in employee and trade union involvement and participation.

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Andreas Fejes

Andreas Fejes is professor and chair of adult education research at the division for education and adult learning at Linköping University, Sweden. His current research concerns the bibliometrics of adult education research, citizenship learning within and beyond adult and popular education, and the consequences of marketization of adult education. He has published more than 100 research articles, books and book chapters within the field of adult education and lifelong learning. Fejes is the co-founder and editor of the European journal for research on the education and learning of adults (www.rela.ep.liu.se), as well as a member of the steering committee of the European society for research on the education of adults (ESREA), an organization for which he was the secretary general 2007-2012. Contact: andreas.fejes@liu.se

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Carolina Fernandez-Salinero

Carolina Fernandez-Salinero has a PhD in Philosophy and Education Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), obtaining Honours for her thesis. She is a professor of Training in Organizations in the Department of Theory and History of Education at UCM (since 2002). Among its research highlights: women in the labor market, education in Europe and especially Labour Education, which has led most of its publications. Some examples of studies are: Analysis of Educational Requirements of Firms in Spain (1999), Vocational Training in the European Community (2002), Skills in the Context of European Convergence (2006), Gender and Education (2012) and Methodological approach to vocational training (2013). Fernndez-Slinero is Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Education (UCM) and a member of a research group that evaluates quality in organizations. She has done consultancy for several public and private companies on training management and evaluation. Contact: cfernand@edu.ucm.es

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Marion Fields

Marion Fields PhD is coordinator at the OK Study Center, Finland. An adult education professional, Fields is also a researcher, having done her thesis on lifelong learning in civil society organizations. Contact: marion.fields@ok-opintokeskus.fi

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Ramón Flecha

Ramón Flecha is Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and the founder and former Director of CREA, the Center of Research on Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities at the same university. He is Doctor Honoris Causa in sociology by the University of Vest Timisoara, Romania. He has directed INCLUD-ED project (2006-2011) the project from Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities selected by the European Commission in the top ten successful researches of recent years. His book Sharing Words has been published in countries such as United States and China. He has published books together with authors such as Castells, Freire, Giroux, Macedo and Touraine. Email: ramon.flecha@ub.edu

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Marvin Formosa

Marvin Formosa is Senior Lecturer within the European Centre for Gerontology, University of Malta. In 1998 and 2008, he was appointed as a lecturer by the International Institute on Ageing (United Nations - Malta) on its missions to Thailand and Qatar respectively. Dr. Formosa also held the post of a Visiting Scholar at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (2009-2010). In 2012, he served the editorial board of Research on Ageing and Social Policy and International Journal on Education and Ageing. His primary interests are older adult learning, social class dynamics, and social exclusion. His forthcoming works include Social Class in Later Life: Power, Identity and Lifestyle (The Policy Press, 2013 - with Paul Higgs). Contact: Postal Address: European Centre for Gerontology, University of Malta, MSD 2080, Malta. Email address: marvin.formosa@um.edu.mt

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Claudia Franken

Claudia Franken has worked as teacher and lecturer for more than twenty years and coordinated the LLP-project Eguidya. She is Programme Responsible of Studium Generale, Volkshochschule Aachen, Germany. In her practical and theoretical work her interests include key competence development, especially for disadvantaged young adults, and philosophies of learning. In the field of literature and the other arts, her research interest focusses on the interrelations of the culture of the underclasses and of European avantgarde. Contact: claudia.franken@mail.aachen.de

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Jens Friebe

Dr. Jens Friebe is a researcher at the German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) and member of the department “Inclusion through Adult Education”. His main areas of research are intercultural further education and Lifelong Learning/learning in later life. At the DIE he has conducted projects such as: Intercultural further education for health professionals, Further education for nurses for the elderly with migration background, and since 2010 the project Competencies in Later Life. He has been a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, at the University of Hamburg and the University of Magdeburg. Contact: friebe@die-bonn.de

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Johanna Gebrande

Johanna Gebrande, M.A., studied educational science, psychology and European ethnology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. From 2010 to 2011 she was the scientific advisor at the German Youth Institute in a project dedicated to further education of skilled employees in pre-school education. Since 2011 she has been working as a research associate in the project Competencies in Later Life at the Chair for General Pedagogics and Educational Research in Munich. Her research interests are: Adult Education, competency development, artificial barriers in educational systems, education and learning of older adults. Contact: j.gebrande@lmu.de

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Angeliki Giannakopouloou

Angeliki Giannakopouloou is a Computer Engineer to be, with a yearly degree in Consulting from the university of Ioannina, Greece. Her main interests include cinematic and sociological analysis. Contact: angeliki(a)kekdafni.gr

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Michael Gold

Michael Gold has worked in journalism, local government and universities. Having covered industrial relations for almost ten years as a journalist, he moved to the University of Westminster and then to Royal Holloway University of London, where he is now Professor of Comparative Employment Relations. He was also a councillor in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames for eight years.

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Barry Golding

Professor Barry Golding has recently (in 2013) been Associate Dean, Research, School of Education & Arts at University of Ballarat, Australia; leader of the RAVE (Researching Adult & Vocational Education) Group and Manager of the ‘Men’s learning beyond the workplace’ International Research project. In 2014 he remains a full time Professor at Federation University. Aside from being an active, international researcher in the area of men’s learning and wellbeing, he is a proud voluntary Patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and Vice President of Adult Learning Australia. Contact: b.golding@federation.edu.au

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Paula Gouw

Paula Gouw MSc studied Economics, Psychology and Learning Sciences at the Open University of the Netherlands. Between 1989 and 2013 she worked as a policy advisor in the field of adult literacy, emancipation and labour market related issues. Recently she has started her PhD-programme about adult literacy, emotions and eye tracking at Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology of the Open University of the Netherlands. Contact: paulagouw@hetnet.nl.

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Maurice de Greef

Prof. Dr. Maurice de Greef is a professor investigating learning effects of low skilled and illiterate learners at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and realized a PhD in educational science with a special focus on the outcome of adult education in terms of social inclusion. He’s a project-manager, researcher and trainer in local, regional and European projects in innovating learning environments, strategic policy-making in adult education and developing strategies for approaching (vulnerable) learners.

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Leif Jarle Gressgård

Leih Jarle Gressgård is a senior researcher at IRIS in Bergen (Norway), and holds a PhD in information management from the Norwegian School of Economics. His primary research interests are in the fields of automation systems and decision support, computer-mediated communication, innovation and creativity management, and organizational learning and safety.

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Annu Griñan

is the communications manager of Kansanvalistusseura (KVS), the publisher of Elm Magazine. Contact: annu.grinan(a)kvs.fi

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Jose Roberto "Robbie" Guevara

Jose Roberto "Robbie" Guevara has extensive experience in education for sustainable development within the Asia-Pacific region. Robbie is an Associate Professor in International Development at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and the President of the Asia-South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE). Contact: robbie.aspbae@gmail.com

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Guy Van Gyes

Guy Van Gyes is a research manager at HIVA in the work and organization sector. His research field includes industrial relations, employee participation and organizational development.

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Elisabeth Görsdorf-Léchevin

Elisabeth Görsdorf-Léchevin originally trained as an English and French teacher and holds a Doctorate in Education Studies from the University of Graz. Her research focus is in the field of continuing higher education, learning forms, EU education policy and European as well as international developments in education. A particular emphasis is put on blending of formal, non-formal and informal learning environments in intercultural and interdisciplinary settings. She works for treffpunkt sprachen – Center for Language, Plurilingualism and Didactics at the University of Graz and lectures at the Danube University Krems. Contact: elisabeth.goersdorf@uni-graz.at

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Sabine Skou Gøtterup

Sabine Skou Gøtterup is the director of a regional branch of the Danish study association, FOF. A few weeks into January 2016, she wrote this comment in a local newspaper. Taking the sexual assault and harassment in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, she addresses the high level of violence against women in Denmark and the masculinity culture that legitimises abuses of women.

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Amina Hadžiomerović

Amina Isanović Hadžiomerović is an educator and researcher working at University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Education. She teaches in the area of Adult Education and Educational Research Methods. Recently she has taken part in different organisations providing adult education programmes, with special focus on unemployed or disadvantaged women. She thinks of adult education as a powerful tool for empowering persons in their various life challenges. Contact: amina.hadziomerovic@outlook.com

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Kåre Hansen

Kåre Hansen is a Research Director at International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). He has conducted several projects focusing on various aspects of working life in Norway, especially concerning employee participation, working environment and cooperation between unions and management. He is currently managing a project studying conflict management in Norwegian knowledge companies.

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Pia Heilmann

Pia Heilmann, D.Sc. (Econ. and Bus. Adm.) is a Professor of Strategic Human Resource Management at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, in the LUT School of Business and Management. Her research work concerns with Human Relations topics especially focused on competence management, career development and work-wellbeing issues. She has published articles in journals such as International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of European Industrial Training, International Journal of Innovation Management, Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Journal of East-West Business and Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. Contact: pia.heilmann@lut.fi; Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT School of Business P.O. Box 20, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland, Tel: +358 40 147 6002, Fax: +358 5 621 7299

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Stan Henkeman

Stanley Henkeman heads the Building an Inclusive Society Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. He previously worked as a teacher, lecturer and manager. Stanley has extensive experience in facilitating learning. He is equally comfortable and effective with grassroots and sophisticated audiences. Stanley played a pivotal role as facilitator/mediator in the xenophobic crisis in the Western Cape between May and November 2008. He holds an MA Degree and is currently the Chair of the Western Province Transplant Sports Association and Vice-Chair of the national body. He also represented South Africa as an athlete at two World Transplant Games. Contact: Shenkeman@ijr.org.za

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Petra Herre

Petra Herre, M.A., Vicar i.R. is a social scientist, theologian and editor and is an InfoNet correspondent for Germany. Email: PetraHerre@t-online.de

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Stephen P. Heyneman

Stephen P. Heyneman is Professor of International Education Policy at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA. Prior to his academic position he served the World Bank for 22 years, being responsible for e.g. education policy, lending strategy, external training and researching education quality.

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Tove Holm

Tove Holm has 15 years’ experience with management systems; quality, environmental and integrated management systems and enhancing sustainable development. She finished her transdisciplinary PhD in 2014 on enabling change in universities: enhancing education for sustainable development with tools for quality assurance. She has worked at Novia University of Applied Sciences, as quality coordinator at the Research and Development unit, the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the support functions. She was also responsible for enhancing sustainable development throughout the university, in education, research and collaboration. She is responsible for the quality assurance for the pilot model presented in this article. Contact: tove.holm@novia.fi

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Geert Van Hootegem

Geert Van Hootegem is professor sociology of work and industrial relations at the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at the Catholic University of Leuven.

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Heidi Höök

(MSc) is a Finnish journalist. She is interested in foreign politics, international development and especially Middle East and North Africa region. Contact: Twitter: @heidihoek

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Timothy Ireland

Timothy Ireland is senior lecturer on the Postgraduate Programme in Education, at the Federal University of Paraíba, in João Pessoa, in the northeast of Brazil where he has taught, researched and coordinated university extension projects in the field of adult learning and education since 1979. He was also director of the University International Office from 1993 to 2004. In 2004 he was seconded first to the Ministry of Education where he was national director of adult and youth education from 2004 to 2007 and then to UNESCO from 2008 to 2011 where he was focal point and coordinator of the Brazilian organizing committee for CONFINTEA VI in Brazil. His research interests include international and national policy in adult education, education in prisons, worker education and literacy. Contact: ireland.timothy@gmail.com

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Àngela Janer-Hidalgo

Àngela Janer Hidalgo is a pedagogue and researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. She is a PhD student in Education at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Member of the research group GIPE on Educational Policy and of the SIPS (Sociedad Iberoamericana de Pedagogía Social). Her researches are focused on Social Pedagogy from an international comparative perspective. She collaborated in research on evaluation of success features in disadvantaged schools, evaluation of tutoring processes at university and workplace learning and transfer. Corresponding Author: angela.janer@uab.es

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Halszka Jarodzka

Dr. Halszka Jarodzka is an assistant professor at the Welten Institute, Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology. Her expertise lies in the use of eye tracking to understand and improve learning and instruction. In that, she investigates characteristics and training of visual expertise in professional domains, instructional design of computer-based learning and testing environments, as well as perceptual processing of texts and pictures.

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Arja Kaasinen

Arja Kaasinen, PhD, works as researcher at the Unit of Science Centre Pedagogy of the University of Helsinki. Her recent publications include e.g. open learning environments and studies into outdoor education in biology tuition.

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Veera Kallunki

Dr. Veera Kallunki made her doctoral dissertation (2009) about modelling of DC-circuit phenomena in a small group. The central point of view in her dissertation was to study pupils’ learning processes during small group discussions. She has also degrees as a physics teacher and education. She has also experience of teacher training and teachers’ in-service training.

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Seija Karppinen

Seija Karppinen, PhD, works at the Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research interests include arts education and design learning.

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Eileen Kennedy

Dr Eileen Kennedy is research officer at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her background is in sociology and media studies, having published widely on the body, sport and exercise. She moved into education and technology after 20 years' experience of teaching in higher education. She is currently researching ways of sharing good practice in online learning in higher education. In particular, she has been exploring the Learning Designer as a means of representing exemplary pedagogical practice in Moodle. Contact: e.kennedy@ioe.ac.uk

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Karoliina Knuuti

(MA) is a journalist and a visual journalist, and editor-in-chief in Elm. Contact: karoliina.knuuti(a)kvs.fi; +358408268699; Twitter: @KaroliinaKnuuti

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Alexis Kokkos

Alexis Kokkos Studied Law and Sociology of Education at the Universities of Athens and Paris VIII. He is Professor of Adult Education at the Hellenic Open University and Chairman of the Hellenic Adult Education Association. He was the scientific responsible of the National Training the Trainers Program (2007-2009). Contact: a-kokkos@otenet.gr

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Kauko Komulainen

Kauko Komulainen is researcher at the Department of Education, University of Helsinki. His recent publications focus on themes of drama and media education.

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Terhi Kouvo

Terhi Kouvo is managing editor of Souli, the Finnish web magazine for anyone interested in learning. Souli and Elm are both published by the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation. Contact: terhi.kouvo@kvs.fi

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Karolus Kraan

Karolus O. Kraan is a work and organisation sociologist, and a research scientist also at TNO, since 1998. He has long-term research experience in the field of work organisation, quality of working life, workers’ use of new technologies, skills obsolescence, and outcomes such as employee well-being and performance.

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Kristiina Kumpulainen

Kristiina Kumpulainen is Professor of Education at Department of Teacher education, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki. At present, she is leading ‘Learning Futures’ research group at the department and acts as the national co-ordinator for NordLAC, Nordic Research Network on Researching Learning Across Contexts. Contact: kristiina.kumpulainen@helsinki.fi

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Andrea Kutlíková

Andrea Kutlíková is the editorial assistant of LLinE. She is student at the department of adult education at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She developed a strong interest in the Nordic folk high school model after studies in a Danish folk high school. In the future Andrea would like to work with nonformal adult education and community public space activities. Contact: andrea.kutlikova@kvs.fi

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Lorenz Lassnigg

Lorenz Lassnigg is senior researcher and head of the research group equi-employment-qualification-innovation (www.equi.at) at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna (www.ihs.ac.at). His work is about education and training policies from a social science perspective. His special interest is the understanding of evidence based policy making. Contact: lassnigg@ihs.ac.at

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Werner Lenz

Werner Lenz is Professor Emeritus of Education, with special reference to adult education. From 1986 to 2012 he was Head of Unit for Adult Education at the Department of Education at the University of Graz. His major research interests are lifelong learning, adult education and the relations between education and society. He has edited and written about thirty books and numerous articles. He is the Scientific Director of the Master Program in Educational Leadership at the Department of Interactive Media and Educational Technologies at the Danube University Krems. He is lecturing at the Universities of Graz and Klagenfurt. Contact: werner.lenz@uni-graz.at

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Beatrice Ligorio

Maria Beatrice Ligorio is Associate Professor at the University of Bari (Italy) where she teaches educational Psychology and E-learning. She holds a PhD in Psychology of Communication, she has been a NATO fellow at the University of Berkeley and she received a Marie Curie grant to develop virtual educational environments at the University of Nijmegen (NL). She has also been a fellow at the University of Delaware, at the Institute of Learning Sciences (Chicago, USA), and at the TECFA (Gineva, CH). Her main research interests are educational technology, digital identity, dialogical learning, blended communities. She has published over 30 articles in international journals. Contact: mariabeatrice.ligorio@uniba.it

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Lasse Lipponen

Lasse Lipponen is a professor of education, with special reference to early childhood education, at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki. His research work is directed to childrens’ learning at the intersection of formal and informal learning environments; understanding children’s experiences and perceptions in their life-world with digital documentation and participatory research methods; and teacher education.

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Robert MacDonald

Robert MacDonald is Professor of Sociology at Teesside University, UK. He has long-standing research interests in youth, youth transitions, social exclusion, worklessness and poverty. He recently co-authored Are ‘cultures of worklessness’ passed down the generations? (JRF) and Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain (Policy Press). Contact: R.macdonald@tees.ac.uk

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Maja Maksimović

Maja Maksimović is a Serbian researcher and theorist from Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Contact: maksimovic.ma(a)gmail.com

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Marja-Liisa Manka

Marja-Liisa Manka (PhD) is a Professor of work Well-being at the School of Management of Tampere University.

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Teresa La Marca

Teresa La Marca is a Naples-based education journalist and correspondent for Elm. Contact: terelam@libero.it

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Darya Marchenkova

Darya Marchenkova is a community organizer, communications professional, and popular educator who has worked within grassroots organizations and national alliances in the United States and Canada since 2008, and at TESA since 2016.

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Kristina Mariager-Anderson

Kristina Mariager-Anderson, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. Email: kma@edu.au.dk

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Anton Markmiller

Dr Anton Markmiller was Secretary General of the international aid organisation CARE Germany-Luxembourg. In his current function as head of the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (dvv international) he will strongly support the work with refugees. Currently, dvv international is running adult education projects with Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan, and with internally displaced persons in Mali. Email: info@dvv-international.de

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Peter Mayo

Peter Mayo is Professor and Head, Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, University of Malta, Malta. He teaches in the areas of sociology of education and adult continuing education, as well as in comparative and international education and sociology in general. He is the author of numerous books and papers, one book published in eight different languages and another gaining the 2013 Cyril Houle Award (AAACE) for literature in adult education. Contact: peter.mayo@um.edu.mt

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Viktorija Mazeikiene

Viktorija is a lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy and Humanities of Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. She has worked for the university for 15 years delivering English for Specific Purposes courses for students in bachelor study programmes of Social Work, Psychology, Penitentiary Law as well as courses in Translation and Editing and Modern English. She is also a PhD candidate at the same university. Currently, she is writing her thesis in Educational Sciences about media literacy in higher education. Her research interests encompass media literacy, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, adult education and higher education. Contact: viktorija.mazeikiene@gmail.com

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Peter Mazohl

Peter Mazohl is project manager in the mentioned project and president of the EBI Austria. He has worked for more than 30 years as a teacher in secondary education. He has given lectures at institutions of applied studies and has organized various international courses in adult education. Since 2014 he is also lecturer at the University of Technology Vienna. Contact: peter.mazohl@wrn.at

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Annaleda Mazzucato

Annaleda Mazzucato is an EU project manager in the field of education, development and social inclusion. Contact: a.mazzucato@mondodigitale.org

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Marcella Milana

Marcella Milana is Associate professor in Adult Education at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Marie Curie Fellows at the University of California-Los Angeles (USA). A joint Editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education, Editorial board member of the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (JACE), Vice-President of the Nordic Society for Comparative and International Education, and co-convenor of the ESREA Research Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education, among other commitments, Marcella Milana has been researching and writing about education for democratic citizenship, participation in adult education, the professionalization of adult educators, and adult education policy. Her current project (GLOBE-A) deals with global polity in adult education. Her most recent publications include Political globalization and the shift from adult education to lifelong learning (European Journal for Research in the Education and Learning of Adults, Vol. 3:2 103-117, 2012), and Globalisation, transnational policies and adult education (International Review of Education, Vol. 58:6, 777-797). Contact:MAMI@dpu.dk

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Nando Miranda

Helsinki-based Puerto Rican American from Florida, Nando Miranda (MA, MBA) is a freelance consultant in business, language and editorial services, and head of Miranda Consulting. Nando has a professional background in business marketing and also education, having taught English as a foreign language in Finland. Contact: mirandaconsulting.fi@gmail.com

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Jasmina Mirceva

Jasmina Mirceva is presently employed at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, working as a senior researcher. In the last couple of years she has been leading several national research projects co-financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs on: participation in adult education, adult education in time of economic crisis, literacy, evaluation of adult education providers etc. She participated in some European projects: Towards the European Lifelong Learning Society (LLL2010) – 6th Framework programme, Strategies for Inclusion and Social Cohesion in Europe from Education (INCLUDED) - 6th Framework programme and was a coordinator in the preparation of the national CONFINTEA reports. She is the head of the research group in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC). Contact: jasmina.mirceva@acs.si

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Irene Lobo Moltó

Irene Lobo Moltó is a Spanish Economist with a Magister with specialization in Gender and Development. She’s got more than 10 years of experience as a development practitioner working for bilateral agencies, international NGOs and social movements in the Arab Region, Latin America and Europe. She joined ICAE’s Secretariat’s team a year and a half ago and offers global support to ICAE’s advocacy, communication and networking activities on the right to lifelong learning (LLL) and education and post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Anne-Marie Montarnal

Dr Anne-Marie Montarnal is a retired ophtalmologist. She has been involved in the association Parents of Dyslexic children for more than 30 years, belonging to the founder members of the EDA European Dyslexia Association. She has published three books on the subject : Le tiroir coincé ou comment expliquer la dyslexie aux enfants [The twisted drawer or How can dyslexia be explained to children] ; Mon enfant est dyslexique, concrètement que faire ? [My child is dyslexic, what can I do concretely ?] Adultes dyslexiques, des explication, des solutions. [Dyslexic adults, explainations, solutions] French Publisher : "Tom Pousse" Contact: annemontarnal@orange.fr

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Dana Moree

Dana Moree graduated in Pastoral and Social Work from the Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University, Prague, and in General Anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague. Since 2004 she has worked as an assistant lecturer specialising in intercultural education at the Faculty of Humanities at the Charles University, in the Department of Civil Sector Studies. She finished her doctoral degree in this field at Universiteit voor humanistic, Utrecht in 2008. She is editor of webpages for multicultural education www.czechkid.cz, and has published several books (e.g. How Teachers Cope with Social and Educational Transformation; Abenteuer Kultur together with Karl-Heinz Bittl etc.) Contact:danamoree@centrum.cz

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Ricarda Motschilnig

Ricarda Motschilnig has worked as policy officer at the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA). Currently she is researcher at the Danube University Krems, in her native Austria. Contact:ricarda.motschilnig@gmx.net

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Kirsten Møller

Kirsten Møller is research coordinator of the European Research Network: EDI-Europe, Aarhus University, Denmark and Director of Eurodialog Aps, a small consulting company in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research and professional activities focus on innovation policies and innovative work behaviour and role of institutional systems in supporting innovative work behavior -especially the role of Social dialogue/Industrial Relations and knowledge institutions. Kirsten Møller is co-editor of this issue of LLinE.

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Romina Müller

Romina Müller works at the Institute for Performance Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg. Contact: R. Müller, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute for Performance Management, Wilschenbrucher Weg 84, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany. romina.mueller@uni.leuphana.de.

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Salla Nazarenko

Salla Nazarenko is a Finnish journalist and executive director of The Finnish Foundation for Media, Communication and Development. Contact: salla.nazarenko@vikes.fi

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Irma van der Neut

Irma van der Neut is senior researcher at IVA (Tilburg University). She focuses on educational innovation and professionalization of teachers. Her specialty is the use of ict in education. Recent projects are about professionalizing teachers by using ict en data-informed learning of teachers. Previously she worked for Research for Policy and for IVLOS, the teacher training institute of the University of Utrecht.

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Loek Nieuwenhuis

Loek FM Nieuwenhuis is professor at HAN University for applied science and at the Open University of the Netherlands. He is working in the field of education and employment and is specialised in research on the learning potential of the workplace and vocational and professional pedagogy in school and enterprise.

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Corinna Noack-Aetopulos

Corinna Noack-Aetopulos is the Director of Programmes at the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Thessaloniki. She earned her degree in European Business Administration with honours in Berlin and Cambridge. The subject of her dissertation was Cross-Cultural Management in International Joint Ventures. Before, she joined the Civil Society Sector, and started to work on democracy and reconciliation, she was part of various strategic planning teams in the German retail industry with the assignment to develop strategies for increasing companies’ competitiveness. Contact:corinna@cdsee.org

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Anders Norberg

Anders Norberg has a teaching background in philosophy and comparative religion and as a director of studies at upper secondary level and in adult education, but serves now as an education strategist for the Council of Skellefteå in Northern Sweden, working with regional universities in the further development of a young multi-university campus, Campus Skellefteå. He has been in education development for 20 years, at Campus Skellefteå, at Umeå University and in several European R&D projects. His special area of interest is education access and logistics in connection to new technology. On these topics he is also a conference organizer, lecturer and researcher, now working on his dissertation concerning "Blended learning and education logistics" at Umeå University, Department of Applied Educational Sciences. Contact: anders.norberg@gmail.com

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Darijan Novak

Darijan Novak has spent over 20 years in different education roles in education, 15 years of which at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE). He has taken part in various projects on non-formal and informal learning, enlarging his “scope of understanding what education is, but more importantly what it could be.” The most important themes he has dealt with were enhancing reading habits in study circles, offering language learning to marginalised groups and searching for most convenient and effective intervention strategies for tolerant and inclusive approaches to governance and active citizenship. Lately he has devoted his time to promotion of lifelong learning and media education, concentrating on e-learning and usage of multimedia, especially educational video. Contact: darijan.novak@acs.si

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Erik Nylander

Erik Nylander is a postdoctoral fellow at the division for education and adult learning at Linköpings university. Sweden, His research interest concerns the relationship between social origins, education and work. In his PhD thesis, he studied the role of Swedish ‘folk high schools’ in the selection and valuation of Swedish music, particularly jazz. Nylander is the co-founder and editor of Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics and has recently published articles in British Journal of Sociology of Education and Poetics. Contact: erik.nylander@liu.se

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Ayanda Nyoka

Ayanda Nyoka started her career in the IT sector where she gained seven years of extensive experience in project management, development of business information systems and business/systems analysis. She describes herself as a change agent and, in 2004, took a gap year to work with school youth from underprivileged background as a volunteer. From this experience she developed an interest in the field of social justice and now works as a project leader for the Inclusive Economies Project at the IJR. In addition to her IT qualification, she holds a BA degree with majors in Political Studies and English Literature from the University of the Western Cape, where she received a number of academic awards and in 2008 was selected to participate in the US Young Student Leaders academic exchange programme, focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. She also holds a post-graduate degree (Political Science) from the University of Cape Town and is currently working on her Masters dissertation, focusing on youth partisan attitudes in South Africa. Contact:Anyoka@ijr.org.za

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Peter R.A. Oeij

Peter Oeij is senior research scientist and consultant at TNO Innovation for Life, an RTO in applied scientific research in the Netherlands. He is affiliated to School of Management, Open University of the Netherlands, and to SIOO, Inter-University Centre for Organization Studies and Change Management, Utrecht, the Netherlands. His themes of interest are innovation management, social innovation, productivity & performance and team & group dynamics.

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Violeta Orlovic

Violeta Orlovic Lovren, PhD, is professor in Department of Andragogy, University of Belgrade. Her expertise is adult teaching, environmental adult education and sustainability Email: orlovicvioleta08@gmail.com

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Kirsten Paaby

Kirsten Paaby, senior advisor at the Ideas Bank, Norway. Kirsten has 28 years of experience with methods in democratic dialogues in development and action research work in the sector of civic formation and lifelong learning. She holds a Master of Arts in Nordic Literature and drama. For 10 years she has been working in Norwegian municipalities with children’s’ welfare and cross-sectoral work. Since 2001 she has been working in the Ideas Bank. One of her main tasks has been education for sustainable development with a focus on community development and social innovation. She is responsible for the professional development for the pilot model in this article.

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Markus Palmén

(MSc) is a freelance journalist who previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Elm (until 8/2017). Contact: markus.palmen@gmail.com; Twitter: @MarkusPalmen; +358 50 3833 968.

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Steen Høyrup Pedersen

Steen Høyrup is Associate Professor at Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark, and research coordinator of the European Research Network: EDI-Europe, Aarhus University. His research interests include employee-driven innovation, organizational learning and change, competence development and reflection and learning. Steen Høyrup is co-editor of this issue of LLinE

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Anthony Picciano

Anthony G. Picciano is a professor and executive officer in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also a member of the faculty in the graduate program in Education Leadership at Hunter College. His major research interests are school leadership, education policy, online teaching and learning, data-driven decision making, and multimedia instructional models. He has written numerous articles and twelve books including Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2 (Taylor & Francis, 2014) and is currently finishing work on New Pedagogical Frontiers: Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments (Taylor & Francis, 2015). In 2010, Dr. Picciano was the recipient of the Sloan-Consortium’s National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual. Contact: APicciano@gc.cuny.edu

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Pilar Pineda-Herrero

Pilar Pineda-Herrero holds tenure as professor of Economics of Education and Training in Organizations at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain (since 2000). She is an expert on evaluation of training, and is a member of the Research Group on Educational Policy and Training (GIPE). Her research areas are evaluation of training results, efficacy of VET, and education and work. She has directed several researches on evaluation of training policies, evaluation of training results and learning transfer. She has joint researches on women and training, on participative evaluation of education, and on higher education. She has done consultancy for several public and private companies on training management, evaluation and quality. She is the author of five books and more than 40 papers on education and work.

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Katrien Van Poeck

As a PhD researcher at the University of Leuven (Laboratory for Education and Society) Katrien Van Poeck analyses how environmental education practices deal with the evolving policy context brought about by the UN Decade of education for sustainable development. Her research interests are the issues of democracy, citizenship, participation, community and the ‘public’ character of education, particularly in the context of environmental education and education for sustainable development. Contact: katrien.vanpoeck@ppw.kuleuven.be

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Katarina Popovic

Katarina Popovic is Professor at the Department for adult education, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is also visiting professor in several European universities. Her special interests include professionalisation of adult education and preparation of staff.

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Frank Pot

Frank D. Pot is professor emeritus of Social Innovation of Work and Employment at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He publishes scientific and policy articles on workplace innovation and operates as an expert invited by trade unions, employers’ associations, government and EU-bodies.

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Anna Pöysä

Anna Pöysä is a Finnish freelance writer. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Coimbra. Her area of specialisation is postcolonial and decolonial studies, and as a journalist she is interested in topics related to social justice. She lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. Contact: anna.poysa(a)gmail.com; Twitter: @AnnaPoysa

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Carla Quesada-Pallarès

Carla Quesada-Pallarès is a Doctor in Education from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She has also a Master on Research Methodologies in Behavioral Sciences. She currently holds a scholarship at the Pedagogia Aplicada department in the UAB. Her researches have been focused on the evaluation of: learning transfer, VET, organizational training, work training and women, and teacher training in higher education, among others. She has also worked in human resources consulting, specializing in management training. She is part of the Organizational Development Group (EDO) since 2011.

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Aideen Quilty

Dr Aideen Quilty is Director of the Women's Studies community/university outreach programme at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD, Ireland. She locates her undergraduate and graduate teaching as a form of critical civic practice. Her current research is focused on pedagogic imaginaries within adult and higher education drawing on intersecting feminist, queer and spatial theories.

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Palle Rasmussen

Palle Rasmussen is professor of education in the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research areas include educational policy, sociological theories of education and learning; educational evaluation; lifelong learning in education and work contexts. He has had much experience with evaluation and development projects in collaboration with partners in business and public services. He has participated in several international research networks and has published extensively in his research fields.

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Saara Repo

Saara Repo is a researcher at the Open University, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Carlos Ribeiro

Carlos Ribeiro is a Portuguese consultant and social movement animator in the field of adult education. Contact: valentimribeiro@gmail.com

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Kirsten de Ries

Kirsten de Ries finished Organisation Studies by conducting a research into a gaming/simulation to enhance cooperation within the Healthcare chain cooperation for diabetes (Diabetes DBC). Kirsten has been employed at IVA. The projects she was involved in, mainly concern educational reform, data driven teaching and learning processes of scholars. Since October 2013 Kirsten works at HAN, university of applied science in Arnhem/Nijmegen.

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Hetty Rooth

Hetty Rooth has a long experience as journalist and editor, with specialisation in adult education and the lives of children and young people.

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Elena Sabirova

Since 2011 Elena Sabirova works in the Regional office of DVV International in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. From 2006 till 2011 she worked in the Regional office of Central Asia where she coordinated project activities in the field of adult learning and education. Her other professional background includes working as a trainer in the non-governmental sector of adult education, establishing and managing NGOs working with adults and providing educational services, supervision and coaching. Implementing philosophy and policy of adult education in the economies in transition are among her special interests. Contact: sabirova@dvv-international.org.ua

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Hanna Salminen

D.Sc. (Econ. and Bus. Adm.) Hanna Salminen is a University Instructor at the School of Management, University of Tampere. Her research interests concern age management, human resource management and organizational behavior. She has published articles in journals like Tutkiva Hoitotyö, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal and Lifelong Learning in Europe. Contact: hanna.maria.salminen@uta.fi, University of Tampere, School of Management, Kanslerinrinne 1, FI33014 University of Tampere, Finland, Tel.: +358 40 190 9660

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Nadia Sansone

Nadia Sansone is currently a PhD Student at Sapienza University of Rome. She graduated as a Work Psychologist, with an empirical thesis on E-Learning, analysing the effects of Role Taking on students’ learning and participation to online university courses. She has ten years’ experience as E-Learning expert, both in schools and universities as well as in many private companies. She also participated in several national and international research projects. Her research interest are about role-taking, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Moocs and trialogical learning.

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Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha is full professor for educational research with a focus on vocational continuing education and on-the-job training at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). He studied educational research, psychology and sociology in Munich, where he finished his PhD in 2004 and his habilitation in 2009. He is co-editor of an online journal, reviewer for the German Research Association and different national and international journals, and member of European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) steering committee. In 2009 he launched the European Network on Education and Learning of Older Adults (ELOA) which is still active. Contact: bernhard.schmidt-hertha@uni-tuebingen.de

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Kerstin Schmitz

Kerstin Schmitz is a master's degree student at the University Duisburg-Essen in the program European Adult Education. She was an intern at the DIE, Vox and the European Service Office of Central Thuringia. Her research interests are in the field of competence assessment and the transition from school to work. Currently she is finishing her thesis on the transnational adaptation of competence assessment.In 2012, she actively participated in the organization and execution of the study visit „Best practice of vocational preparation in a European context”. Contact: Kerstin.schmitz.1@stud.uni-due.de.

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Tim Scholze

Tim Scholze has developed and coordinated various European projects in the framework Lifelong Learning/ERASMUS+ Programme and its sub-actions (LdV, Grundtvig, Comenius, KA3), LIFE+ (Environment) programme, the eLearning initiative, INTERREG and the ESF since 1997. Since then he has managed and participated in approximately 50 transnational European projects, mainly in the field of innovative, cross-sectoral projects dealing with participative learning approaches, competence based learning, validation of key competences and regional capacity building. Tim holds a PhD in educational sciences and is chairman of the European REVEAL group; the umbrella organisation of experts from practice and science working on and with the LEVEL5 validation approach. Contact: scholze@die-bonn.de

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Robin Sclafani

Ms. Robin Sclafani is the Director of CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, the leading European Jewish organisation in the field of diversity education, intercultural dialogue and anti-discrimination advocacy. With over 25 years experience in developing and delivering anti-prejudice diversity awareness training programmes, both in the USA and Europe, Ms. Sclafani is the architect of the suite of training programmes linked to the award-winning project Belieforama: A Panoramic Approach to Issues of Religion and Belief, and she has been coordinating one of civil society’s most promising initiatives in hate crime monitoring training, called Facing Facts!. With an MA in Conflict Resolution, she was a 1998 Fulbright Scholar to the European Commission. Contact: robin.sclafani@ceji.org

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Ryan Scott

Originally from Australia, Ryan Scott currently resides in the Czech Republic where he works as a freelance writer and translator. He has covered issues including human trafficking and treatment of minorities in the Czech Republic to name a few.

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Dennis Shirley

Dr. Dennis Shirley is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His work in education spans from the microlevel of assisting beginning teachers to the macrolevel of designing and guiding large-scale research and intervention projects for school districts, states and provinces, and nations. Dennis and his colleague Andy Hargreaves are working on a grant with Education Northwest to improve rural schools in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. Previously he served on a team for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development studying improvements to lower secondary education in Norway. The findings of much of his research were presented in two collaboratively authored books with Andy entitled The Fourth Way and The Global Fourth Way. In August 2013 he will begin serving as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change. Contact: shirleyd@bc.edu Follow Dennis on Twitter at @dennisshirley.

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Renata Silva

Renata Silva is an educator and education coordinator, working at Kerigma, a Portuguese adult education association.

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Oliver Simko

Oliver is founder and lead gamification designer at Luducrafts - a studio that develops custom-made gamification solutions. With his initial professional background in Adult Education and Learning as a project manager at Association of adult education institutions in Slovakia, he has delivered gamified solutions for companies like Microsoft Slovakia. He has experience in designing gamification for various startups, or NGOs, often in the field of education. He started his professional gamification career as an intern at the California-based Enterprise Gamification Consultancy. Oliver is also active as a speaker and trainer in his field. Contact: oliver@luducrafts.com

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Sara Sintonen

Sara Sintonen, PhD, is media education researcher with a background in arts education She teaches didactics of music and media education and has also authored several books on these yopics.

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Geir Skeie

Geir Skeie is Professor at Stockholm University and University of Stavanger. His research has focused mainly on religion and education with both empirical and theoretical contributions. He has a particular interest in the challenges and possibilities for religious education raised by diversity of religion and belief and by the socio-cultural context it is placed in. In recent years, he has also written about the relationship between religious education and other school subjects. He has had a leading role in several national and international research projects investigating religion and education. Contact: geir.skeie@uis.no

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Tomáš Sokolovský

Tomáš Sokolovský is an independent consultant and project coordinator, based in the Czech Republic. Contact: sokolovskyt@seznam.cz

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Michael Sommer

Dr. Michael Sommer is a journalist and senior editor of the Catholic journal “Erwachsenenbildung” (Adult Education). Email: sommer@akademie-klausenhof.de

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Jim Soulsby

Jim Soulsby is an adult education researcher, journalist and project facilitator. Contact: jim.soulsby@btinternet.com

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Stan De Spiegelaere

Stan De Spiegelaere is a researcher at HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society). His doctoral research covers the themes of labour regulation, industrial relation and innovative work behaviour of employees.

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Ellen Stavlund

Ellen Stavlund, Project manager, Norwegian Association for Adult Learning, Norway. Ellen was assisting General Secretary at The Norwegian Association for adult learning until 2014. She worked twelve years as educated teacher at primary and secondary level and acted 10 years as principal at an adult learning institution. She is Master of art, (media and communication) from the University of Westminster. She has been in chair of or has taken part in several Nordic and European projects concerning different questions on adult learning and was from 2004 – 2008 Nordic coordinator for NVL (Nordic network for adult learning). For the pilot model for further adult education presented in this article she is responsible of the administration of the project.

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Rudolf Strahm

Rudolf Strahm (Dr. h.c.) has been President of the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) since 2008. He completed an apprenticeship as a laboratory chemist and subsequently studied economics. During the course of his political career he has devoted himself to the two-track education and training system in Switzerland. Homepage: www.rudolfstrahm.ch

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Massimiliano Tarozzi

Massimiliano Tarozzi (PhD, University of Bologna) is currently associate professor in Education at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy, where he teaches in the areas of social and intercultural education as well as Qualitative Research Methods. In his department he is also coordinator of the International summer school in “Qualitative research for Equity Education” (4th edition). He has been Fulbright visiting scholar at Department of Education of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and he is member scholar at the International Institute of Qualitative Methods, University of Alberta. He is currently Editor of “Encyclopaideia. Journal of Phenomenology and Education”, member of the editorial board of several scholarly journals. In addition to a number of scientific articles, he has written or edited 12 books in the field of intercultural and citizenship education; teacher education and qualitative research methods in education, including Phenomenology and Human Science Today (Eds. With L. Mortari, Zetabooks, 2010; Cittadinanza interculturale [Intercultural citizenship], Firenze: 2005); a cura di )and Educazione alla cittadinanza. Comunità e diritti [Citizenship education. Community and rights], Milano, Guerini, 2005. With Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA) he has just finished the comparative book Tarozzi, Torres. Multiculturalism is dead. Comparative explorations. (Currently under review). Contact:massimiliano.tarozzi@unitn.it

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Itxaso Tellado

Itxaso Tellado is Assistant professor at the University of Vic and Director of the UNESCO Chair Women, development and cultures at the University of Vic. Doctor in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University in USA, Tellado has worked and studied adult education for more than 10 years. She has contributions on the field of adult education in Entgrenzungen des Lerners. Internationale Perspektiven für die Erwachsenenbildungtogether with Flecha and in the Journal of Psychodidactics.

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Christa Teurlings

Christa C.J. Teurlings is a freelance researcher in the field of teaching and learning in (vocational) education. She has extensive experience in practical research into learning and competence-based education and into competence development and collective learning by teachers in schools.

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Terrie Lynn Thompson

Terrie Lynn Thompson is a Lecturer in Digital Media in the School of Education at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Her research focuses on the digital and how professional work-learning practices and pedagogical spaces are changing globally as new web and mobile technologies are increasingly integrated into work and everyday life routines. She teaches in the post-graduate Professional Learning and Leadership program. She is the editor of the ProPEL Matters blog: an international cross-disciplinary network that critically debates professional practice, education and learning. Contact: terrielynn.thompson@stir.ac.uk

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William Thorn

William Thorn is Senior Analyst and Manager for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) at OECD. His educational background is in philosophy and French at the University of Sydney in Australia. Contact: william.thorn@oecd.org

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Rudolf Tippelt

Rudolf Tippelt is Professor for general pedagogy and education research at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He has published widely on the following themes: lifelong learning and competence development, education and youth research, and vocational continuing education. Contact: Tippelt@edu.lmu.de

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Meera Tiwari

Dr Meera Tiwari is Reader in International Development Studies at the University of East London, Her interconnected research interests are – the Millennium Development Goals as a discourse for poverty reduction and policy pathways beyond 2015, exploring social and economic poverties within the Capability Approach and how can globalization be made to work for the most vulnerable communities. She has conducted primary research to study the User Perspective of Information and Communication Technologies in Rural India (Madhya Pradesh and Bihar). She has applied Poverty and Social Impact Assessment (PSIA) and Outcome Mapping tools to Livelihoods Policy frameworks to study the impact on poverty reduction in the state of Bihar in India (2009 – 2013). She has also conducted primary research in rural Ethiopia and Tanzania. Currently she is leading the UKIERI funded project (2012-14) on exploring good practice in social cohesion in East London and Mumbai with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Meera Tiwari has pubished widely on these themes. Contact: m.tiwari@uel.ac.uk

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Peter Totterdill

Peter Totterdill is a passionate advocate of organisational practices that combine high performance and high quality of working life, is Joint Chief Executive of the UK Work Organisation Network (UKWON) and a Director of Workplace Innovation Limited. He is Visiting Professor at Kingston University London.

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Joke Vandenabeele

Joke Vandenabeele is a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Leuven and a senior researcher at the Laboratory for Education and Society at the same university. She teaches non-formal education, citizenship education and the role of art and culture in communities today. The key topics of her research are: citizenship education, social and biographical learning, community development, practices of solidarity in relation to living with differences in cities and the search for sustainable development as a public issue. Contact: joke.vandenabeele@ppw.kuleuven.be

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Mika Vanhala

Mika Vanhala (Corresponding author), D.Sc. (Econ & Bus. Adm.) is a Post-doctoral Researcher in Knowledge Management and Leadership at School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. His primary research interests are the relationship between HRM practices, organizational trust and organizational performance as well as intellectual capital and knowledge management in value creation. Mika has published over thirty research papers, including a dozen journal articles. His research has been published e.g. in Personnel Review, Management Decision, and Journal of Managerial Psychology. Contact: mika.vanhala@lut.fi, Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT School of Business, P.O. Box 20, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland. Tel. +358 5 621 6667, Fax. +358 5 621 66999

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Robert Vergeer

Robert Vergeer is a research scientist at TNO. His research interest lay in assessing the impact of workplace innovations and social institutions on economic performance. His recent publications deal with the impact of labour market institutions on unemployment [Vergeer, R. & Kleinknecht, A.H. (2012). Do flexible labor markets indeed reduce unemployment? A robustness check. Review of Social Economy, 1 (1), 1 – 17] and on productivity (Vergeer & Kleinknecht 2011). He currently studies the effect of company flexibility strategies on firm performance.

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Karla Villaseñor

Karla Villaseñor is a Doctor in Education from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. She is part of the Interdisciplinary Group on Educational Policy (GIPE, Spain) in which she has participated in R&D projects. She has a Masters degree in Education Research from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a BA in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), Mexico. Currently, she is a professor and researcher at the College of Educational Processes in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the BUAP and she belongs to the National Research System of CONACYT, Mexico. Her research interests include education policy, early childhood and social pedagogy.

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Rauli Virtanen

Rauli Virtanen has been working as a foreign journalist and correspondent since 1970s. He has written six nonfiction books. He worked as visiting professor of journalism at the University of Tampere 2015-2016.

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Olga Vizthum

Olga Vitzthum is a specialist in German studies and started her working life teaching at Lomonosov University in Moscow. For the last 20 years she has worked in adult education in Thuringia, 15 years of which she was the head of the Weimarer Land district adult education centre (Kreisvolkshochschule Weimarer Land). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for Continuing Education at the German Adult Education Association and the Executive Board of the Thuringian Association of Adult Education, is head of its Pedagogical Committee and is particularly involved in integrating people with migrant backgrounds.

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Michael Voss

is an editor of Elm Magazine and an information officer at the Danish Adult Education Association. Contact: mv(a)dfs.dk

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Natalija Vrecer

Natalija Vrecer, PhD in social anthropology, is a research fellow at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education. She published a book "Integration as a Human Right" in 2007 and together with collaborators the book on Serbs in Bela Krajina in 2012, which was also published in Serbia in 2013. During her career Natalija Vrecer has published research articles in 11 countries in the fields of integration of migrants, intercultural education, intercultural competencies, literacy of migrants, emotional literacy etc. She is member of the international editorial boards of the scientific magazines International Research in Education and Issues in Social Science. Contact: natalija.vrecer@acs.si

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Sue Waddington

Sue Waddington worked previously for NIACE as the Director for European Initiatives and was President of the EAEA from 2008 to 2013. She is an elected City Councillor on Leicester City Council and Chair of the Scrutiny Commission for Economic Development, Transport and Tourism. Email: sue.waddington@leicester.gov.uk

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Bjarne Wahlgren

Bjarne Wahlgren is Professor of Adult Education at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Director of the National Centre for Competence Development. Email: wahlgren@edu.au.dk

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Shirley Walters

Shirley Walters is Professor Emerita of the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and Deputy President for Africa of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).

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Charlotte Wegener

Charlotte Wegener is conducting a PhD project at The Social and Health Care College in Silkeborg and Department of Communication, Aalborg University, Denmark. She studies collaborative innovation between colleges and workplaces in the field of elder care. Previously, she worked as a staff manager and consultant.

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Rebecca Ye

Rebecca Ye is a Research Associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore. Her research interests include the sociology of education and work. Contact: rebecca.ye.rl@gmail.com

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Georgios Zarifis

Georgios K. Zarifis is Assistant Professor of Continuing Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. His research interests focus on the study of adult participation in organised educational and training activities. Contact: gzarifis@edlit.auth.gr

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Nick Zepke

Nick Zepke, an Associate Professor of adult education in the Institute of Education at Massey University in New Zealand, works at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with teachers of adults. His research interests are divided between learning and teaching in higher and further education and taking a critical approach to studies of lifelong education and futures. Contact: N.Zepke@massey.ac.nz

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Henrik Zipsane

Henrik Zipsane (b. 1956) is Director of the Jamtli Foundation (a large museum and heritage organization in central Sweden since 2001 (www.jamtli.com), and co-founder and senior researcher of The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning & Creativity since 2005 (www.nckultur.org) — a research and development organization for learning through heritage engagement. Henrik Zipsane is guest professor in heritage learning and regional development at Linköping University since 2010 and associate of Pascal Observatory since 2007 as well as associate of European Expert Network on Culture and appointed expert on culture and adult education since 2011 by the European Commission. Zipsane holds a master’s degree in history from University of Copenhagen 1985 and a PhD degree in education and history from The Danish University of Education 1996. He has published on collective learning processes, immigration history and heritage learning applied on issues such as early school leavers, the ageing population, untraditional creative partnerships and instrumental heritage. Contact: henrik.zipsane@jamtli.com

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Natalija Žalec

Natalija Žalec, MAEd/UK, is a research fellow, project developer and lecturer at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE). Her work is devoted to the groups of vulnerable adults and their educators, among those particularly to young adults and adults in literacy programs. She is one of the two authors of the programme PLYA, which was awarded the European Regional Champion Award for the best innovative project in social policy in 2007. Her main contribution to this program is an innovative curriculum based on project learning through which the learning space is created together with the learners. The essence of her professional commitment is personification of the learning process, where the “flourishing” of the person is the highest goal. Contact: natalija.zalec@acs.si

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