PERI-Young Lives Call for Research Proposals: Privatisation in Education


Publication Date:
Fri, 31/01/2014 - 17:53
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In recent years, many low and middle-income countries have seen a shift in educational enrolment at the primary level towards non-state providers. In other countries, where the vast majority of pupils continue to attend public schools, forms of privatisation and marketisation are nonetheless present, including in the form of rising enrolments in various forms of supplementary education such as private tuition. These trends raise important questions for research and policy-making, particularly concerning the implications of privatisation for school choice, quality, governance, equity and social justice.

Call for Research Proposals 2014
The Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (PERI) and Young Lives are seeking to commission a number of policy-oriented research papers which employ Young Lives school survey data from graduate students and other researchers in quantitative social sciences. We are inviting students to submit proposals for papers (written in English) which could become part of their course requirements, for example as extended essays, dissertations, theses or PhD chapters. For other researchers, we are inviting proposals for research papers (written in English). It is anticipated that high quality papers will be published in a joint working paper series and potentially in peer-reviewed journals and/or in an edited book. Opportunities to present draft and/or final papers either in Oxford, London, or one of the study countries will also be made available.

Further information on the data available and guidance on choice of topics is given in the full Call for Proposals (PDF). Young Lives commits to provide the relevant school survey data and related documentation to successful applicants and to provide feedback on the initial proposal along with other related materials which may support the work. We are not able to supervise the work directly and it is required that student applications be supported by an academic supervisor.

A payment of 2,500 US Dollars / £1,500 British Pounds will be made to successful applicants upon receipt of a final paper of acceptable quality. Additional support may be available for high quality papers to be developed or extended.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: Proposals will be considered and approved on a rolling basis up to 31 March 2014. Applicants should submit their proposals as soon as possible by e-mail to younglives@younglives.org.uk.

Final papers to be delivered by 30 September 2014.