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01 Dec 2021

1 July 2021: NORRAG Director to Speak at Education 2020 and Beyond: looking into the Future

Gita Steiner Khamsi, Professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and Teachers’ College, Columbia University, and Director of NORRAG is the invited keynote speaker at the “Education 2020 and Beyond: Looking into the Future” conference to be held at ADA University (Baku, Azerbaijan) on 1-2 July 2021. Professor Steiner-Khamsi will give the event’s keynote address on the topic of “Evidence-based school reform: Promise and realities”.

Her presentation will first examine the older debate on evidence-based policy and planning, before connecting it to the more recent discussion on the surplus of data and Global Public Goods advanced by international organizations. The presentation also reflects on appropriate methodological tools for empirically examining the relationship between science and politics, expertise and law, evidence and policy.

We live in an era in which evidence-based policy and monitoring are expected to be the norm rather than the exception.



“Education 2020 and Beyond: Looking into the Future” conference takes place on 1-2 July. The event language is English and Azerbaijani with simultaneous interpretation provided. The conference features a series of panel discussions including on the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring 2021 on Inclusion and Education, Central and Easter Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia report (1 July). On 2 July, the panel discussion will focus on student assessment in online learning, presenting case studies from Russia and Azerbaijan.

Other highlights of the event include paper presentations and on 2 July the keynote speech from Stephen Kemmis, Professor Emeritus, Charles Sturt University, Australia on the topic “Education for living well in a world worth living”.

Download the programme

To register for the online event, write to

Gita Steiner-Khamsi is Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (fall semesters) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (spring semesters). She is also the Director of NORRAG since 2017

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