Reader in Education

Moray House School of Education

The University of Edinburgh

Dr Ellen Boeren - Moray House School of Education - University of Edinburgh

I am Dr Ellen Boeren, Reader at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). I obtained my PhD in Educational Sciences in May 2011 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.


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.



Dr Ellen Boeren

University of Edinburgh

Moray House School of Education

EH8 8AQ Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Tel.: +44 (0)131 651 6233

E-mail: Ellen[dot]Boeren[at]ed[dot]ac[dot]uk