EquJust is a research group established in September 2015 and coordinated and located at Tampere University, Faculty of Education and Culture.

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 and definitions of education in relation to equality and justice, in the era of trans-nationalized politics and globalized markets. The members assume that this requires also new spaces and methods in empirical, theoretical and conceptual research collaboration.

Main activities

The main activities of the EquJust group include joint research, workshop once a semester, collaboration in supervision, presentations and publications, inputs to study programmes and initiatives and coordination of events promoting achievement of research aims.

Societal impact and communication

EquJust group aims at joining researchers, educators 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.

The group focuses on the following research themes:

  1. Transforming relations between research, practice and politics of education
  2. Trans-nationalization of educational policies and practices
  3. Transforming equality politics in education
  4. Evolution of conceptions of human-nonhuman relations in education
  5. Freedom and responsibility of popular education

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