Professor in Adult Education

School of Education

University of Glasgow

Professor Ellen Boeren - School of Education - University of Glasgow

I am Professor Ellen Boeren and currently work at the University of Glasgow I obtained my PhD in Educational Sciences in May 2011 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. I moved to Glasgow in July 2019, having spent 7 years and 2 months at the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.


My research interests are situated in the field of higher/adult/lifelong education. I conduct (European) comparative research and have a special interest in survey methodology. I went through the Thomas J. Alexander fellowship with the OECD (funded by George Soros' Open Society Foundation)  and am the Edinburgh team lead on the Horizon 2020 funded project ENLIVEN - Encouraging Lifelong Learning for a Vibrant and Inclusive Europe .(see In October 2017, I will start working on a new Erasmus+ project with partners in Spain, Italy and Poland. I have served as Chair of SCUTREA (see for the previous three years and will continue my role in office as the Treasurer. I am the sole author of 'Lifelong Learning Participation in a Changing Policy Context: an Interdisciplinary Theory' and have published multiple journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports.


I am currently the Programme Director of the School's MSc in Educational Research. Students interested in this programme can find more information HERE. I am Course Organiser for Comparative Analysis in Education, and Designing Educational Research. Both courses are taught at postgraduate level.

I am also interested in receiving Expressions of Interests from students interested in undertaking PhD research in the areas of adult and higher education, comparative education and survey research.



Professor Ellen Boeren