CR&DALL Connectivity

CR&DALL is strongly linked internationally to specialist groups concerned with lifelong learning such as UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV) and the Asia Europe Meeting Forum for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub). For UNESCO, Ellen Boeren was co-editor of  the 4th Global Report on Adult and Lifelong Learning (GRALE IV), and Mike Osborne and Catherine Lido have been major contributors to UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities, including as authors of papers for its 4th international conference in Medellin, Colombia in 2019, and 5th conference in 2021 in Yoen-su, Republic of Korea. Mike Osborne is also an Advisory Group member to the UNESCO/IAU Study, Universities Contribution to LLL, and leads Research Network 4 of the ASEM LL Hub. Lesley Doyle and Muir Houston are also active members of other research clusters in the hub.

Ellen Boeren is a Member, European Commission’s Education and Training 2020 Working Group on Adult Learning and Vocational Education and Training, an expert network for DG EMPLOY. She is also one of only two non-German advisers to the Deutsches Institute fur Erwachsenenbildung (German Institute for Adult Education) (DIE).

Nicki Hedge is an invited member of the International Expert Review Group for the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP), an initiative to support multidisciplinary research teams investigating the upstream environmental determinants of health relevant to a range of non-communicable diseases and is an external adviser for the Chilean National Research Center in Inclusive Education.

Other current and recent engagements with research associations include:

  • British Association for International and Comparative Education – Mike Osborne (Member of Executive)
  • European Society for Research on the Education of Adults network on Migration, Transnationalism and Racism (Srabani Maitra – Convenor)
  • Forum for the Access and Continuing Education (Mike Osborne – Executive Member)
  • International Research Society for Children’s Literature (Evelyn Arizpe – Chair)
  • Regional Science Association International (Secretary – Kristinn Hermannssonn)
  • Standing Conference for University Teachers and Researchers in the Education of Adults (Ellen Boeren – former Chair, Bonnie Slade - Chair)
  • UKFIET - The Education and Development Forum (Trustee - Simon McGrath)
  • Universities Association for Lifelong Learning  (Rob Mark – Vice-chair, International)

CR&DALL hosts the PASCAL Observatory and through PASCAL’s role in the umbrella of the 'Big Tent' network has established many other collaborative links with a number of significant players in the field of community-engaged research in universities. These organisations include the Global Alliance for Community-based Research (GACER), Asia Pacific Community University Engagement Network (APUCEN), Centro Bolivianos de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM)Commonwealth University Extension and Engagement Network, Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), Living Knowledge Network, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), the Service Learning Asia Network (SLAN), the Talloires Network and the UNESCO Chair in  Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. Together these organisations have produced seven international communiqués on community engagement in HE, which have been disseminated very widely in Higher Education.

Through its suite of research projects, CR&DALL is also connected to some 100+ research organisations In Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North and Latin America, details of which are found in the Projects Section (LINK).

CR&DALL Core and Associate Members are active in a range of ways within the education community, through offering keynote presentations, editorships, editorial board memberships and members of Review Boards. Some examples are shown below:


Keynote Presentations

  • UKLA Everyday Literacies SIG Launch (UK, 2021) - Mia Perry
  • Morning Star College, Kerala (India, 2020) - Mia Perry
  • Asia-Europe Foundation LLL Hub (Wurzberg, 2018) – Lesley Doyle
  • Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (Sofia 2017) – Mike Osborne
  • XI Congreso De la Oralidad a la LIJ: Géneros de la memoria, pioneros y transterrados españoles (Mexico City) – Evelyn Arizpe
  • International Conference of Comparative Research on Social Studies and Citizenship Education (Tokyo 2014) - Penny Enslin
  • International Conference on Education Research (Seoul 2019) – Mike Osborne
  • National Association for Enabling Educators of Australia (Surfers Paradise 2017) – Mike Osborne
  • Royal Society Edinburgh/Ministry of Science & Technology (Taipei 2017) - Catherine Lido


Journal Editorship


Current and Recent Editorial Board Membership

  • Youth Theatre Journal – Mia Perry
  • Africa Education Review – Penny Enslin
  • Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education – Mike Osborne
  • Compare – Nicki Hedge
  • International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives – Yulia Nesterova
  • European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA) – Ellen Boeren
  • Gender and Education – Barbara Read
  • International Journal of Lifelong Education – Ellen Boeren
  • International Studies in Sociology of Education – Barbara Read
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary Academic Research -Muir Houston
  • Journal of Adult and Continuing Education - Lesley Doyle
  • Journal of General Management – Georgios Panos
  • Journal for the Education of the Gifted ­- Margaret Sutherland
  • Journal of Literacy Research – Evelyn Arizpe
  • Journal of Philosophy of Education – Penny Enslin
  • Journal of Vocational Education and Training – Lesley Doyle
  • Korean Educational Development Institute Journal of Educational Policy – Margaret Sutherland
  • Revista Educacion a Distancia – Mike Osborne
  • Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal – Georgios Panos
  • South African Journal of Higher Education – Penny Enslin
  • Theory and Research in Education – Penny Enslin


Membership of Review Boards

Our staff are members of UK peer review colleges administered by: AHRC; EPSRC; ESRC; MRC and the British Academy. Additionally, amongst others CR&DALL members have reviewed funding proposals on behalf of the following organisations: European Science Foundation, Croatian Science Foundation, Czech Science Foundation, Estonian Research Council, National Research Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, National Research Foundation (South Africa), National Science Centre (Poland), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada); Trans-Atlantic Platform.