Ellen Boeren joined the University of Glasgow on the 1st of July 2019 as Professor of Adult Education. Before that, she worked at the University of Edinburgh for 7 years and 2 months. She holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
She specialises in adult education and lifelong learning and has considerable experience in working with large international organisations. She undertook a prestigious Thomas J. Alexander fellowship with the OECD, co-edited the Fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education with UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning and worked as a consultant for the European Commission. She also led the Scottish team within the EUR 2.5 million Horizon 2020 project ENLIVEN 'Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe'.
Her publications include my monograph 'Lifelong Learning Participation in a Changing Policy Context: an Interdisciplinary Theory' for which she won the 2017 Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Adult Education Literature. She served as Chair of the Standing Conference for University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults from 2014 - 2017 and is currently one of the editors of the high profile journal 'Adult Education Quarterly'.
Boeren, E. (2019) Understanding Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on “quality education” from micro, meso and macro perspectives.International Review of Education, 65(2), pp. 277-294.(doi:10.1007/s11159-019-09772-7)
Iñiguez-Berrozpe, T. and Boeren, E. (2019) Twenty-first century skills for all: adults and problem solving in technology rich environments. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, (doi:10.1007/s10758-019-09403-y) (Early Online Publication)
Boeren, E. (2019) Foreign-born adults’ participation in educational activities: evidence from Europe.European Education, 51(2), pp. 127-146.(doi:10.1080/10564934.2018.1520600)
Crowther, J., Boeren, E. and Mackie, A. (2018) Yes or No? Older people, politics and the Scottish Referendum in 2014. Research on Ageing and Social Policy, 6(1), pp. 1-25. (doi:10.17583/rasp.2018.3095)
Boeren, E. and Whittaker, S. (2018) A typology of education and training provisions for low educated adults: categories and definitions. Studies in the Education of Adults, 50(1), pp. 4-18.(doi:10.1080/02660830.2018.1520017)
Boeren, E. (2017) Researching lifelong learning participation through an interdisciplinary lens.International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 40(3), pp. 299-310.(doi:10.1080/1743727X.2017.1287893)
Boeren, E. (2017) Understanding adult lifelong learning participation as a layered problem. Studies in Continuing Education, 39(2), pp. 161-175.(doi:10.1080/0158037X.2017.1310096)
Boeren, E. and James, N. (2017) Special Issue: advancing theory and research in widening participation. Studies in Continuing Education, 39(2), pp. 117-119. (doi:10.1080/0158037X.2017.1318540)
Bhakta, D. and Boeren, E. (2016) Training needs of early career researchers in research-intensive universities. International Journal for Researcher Development, 7(1), pp. 84-102. (doi:10.1108/IJRD-06-2015-0017)
Boeren, E. and Holford, J. (2016) Vocationalism varies (a lot): a 12-country multivariate analysis of participation in formal adult learning. Adult Education Quarterly, 66(2), pp. 120-142.(doi:10.1177/0741713615624207)
Boeren, E. (2016) Lifelong Learning Participation in a Changing Policy Context. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781349684236(doi:10.1057/9781137441836)
Boeren, E. , Lokhtina-Antoniou, I., Sakurai, Y., Herman, C. and McAlpine, L. (2015) Mentoring: a review of early career researcher studies. Frontline Learning Research, 3(3), pp. 68-80.(doi:10.14786/flr.v3i3.186)
Boeren, E. (2014) Evidence-based policy-making: the usability of the Eurostat Adult Education Survey.International Journal of Lifelong Education, 33(3), pp. 275-289. (doi:10.1080/02601370.2014.891887)
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