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16 Nov 2021

22 November 2021: The SDGs and the Generative Power of Failed Metrics: Insights From The Case of Education

On Monday, November 22 from 12:30-14:00 CET, Sotiria Grek, Professor in European and Global Education Governance at the University of Edinburgh, will be giving a talk in an event co-sponsored by NORRAG and the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. This event, titled “Sustainable Development Goals and the Generative Power of Failed Metrics: Insights from the Case of Education,” will be held online and in-person in Auditoire A2, Chem. Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Geneva. Register here to attend the event online and here to attend in-person.

About the Talk

In this talk, Sotiria Grek will trace the development of the epistemic infrastructure of the education SDG in order to show the ways that the incremental build-up of the discourse, technical expertise and necessary – though always fragile– alliances facilitated a paradigmatic policy shift in the field of education: this is the move from the measurement of schooling to the measurement of learning. Through an analytical lens that examines the entanglement of the material, semiotic, as well as political and temporal/spatial elements of the infrastructure, her talk will show how the SDG4 as an epistemic infrastructure enabled a fundamentally new policy direction.

About the Speaker

Sotiria Grek is a Professor of European and Global Education Governance at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Grek’s research focuses on an analysis of global education policy convergence, policy learning in transnational education governance, and the relationship between the European Commission and the OECD in education governance in Europe. Most recently, she co-authored the book World Yearbook of Education 2021: Accountability and Datafication in Education with Christian Maroy and Toni Verger which introduces the topics of accountability and datafication in the governance of education.

To attend the event online, please register here. For in-person attendance, please register here.

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