Rethinking of equality and justice is critical in these times, when humankind is fundamentally interfering into evolution on earth, in biosphere and atmosphere. Although adult, vocational and higher education have become key factors in contemporary cultural and natural evolution, most initiatives to sustainable development and environmental justice focus on initial education for children and youth. EquJust group considers that it is high time to discuss aims and theories of adult, vocational and higher education from the perspectives of planetary goals, such as UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, decent work, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, peace and justice, and partnerships, by integrating empirical, philosophical and historical approaches.

EquJust-group analyses objectives, definitions and processes of adult, vocational and higher education in relation to equality and justice, in the era of trans-nationalized politics and globalized markets. An essential aspect of the work in EquJust group is to collaborate with relevant national and international actors and networks. The members assume that this requires new spaces and methods in empirical, theoretical and conceptual research collaboration.

The group focuses on the following topics:

  1. Challenges of environmental, social and economic inequality and forced migration in adult, vocational and higher education
  2. Transforming relations between research, practice and politics of adult, vocational and higher education
  3. Transnationalization of adult, vocational and higher educational policies and practices
  4. Transforming equality politics in adult, vocational and higher education
  5. Freedom and responsibility of popular adult education

The group aims at societal impact through joining researchers, practitioners and policymakers to

  • discuss research needs experienced among education staff and policymakers,
  • draw conclusions for improving practices and policies,
  • publish synthesis reports based on analyses, discussions and conclusions,
  • promote adult, vocational and higher education for sustainable planetary equality and justice.

More detailed information about the basis for EquJust activities. (Presentation from Doctoral course ‘Focal areas and approaches in educational research’ 4.3.2020)

Link to faculty’s webpage


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