ERC project / INVEDUC

INVEduc: Investing in Education in Europe

Welcome to the website of the ERC- funded Project "Investing in Education in Europe: Attitudes, Politics and Policies" (INVEduc).

INVEduc is an academic project running from May 2013 to May 2018. The aim of the project is analyze citizens' preferences on education policy in 8 European countries. The project broadens our understanding on the interrelation of education and social policy as well as of the influence of citizens' and voters' preferences on policy-making.

The project is divided in two phases. In the first phase, we conducted a survey (fielded in 2014) focusing on individual preferences towards investments on education, the distribution of expenditure across different education sectors, and the governance of education systems.

The second phase of the project investigates to what extent and via which mechanisms citizens' preferences manage to access and influence the policy-making process.

The project aims to answer the following research questions. To what extent and via which mechanisms citizens' preferences find access into the policy-making process? Do public attitudes play an (important) role for policy makers or is policy-making dominated by organized interests? Do we find differences in the way these preferences are picked up by political actors across countries or education sectors?

We presented our first findings at various international workshops and conferences. Several research papers are already published (or under revision) in peer-reviewed journals or as research reports . Currently, we are working on a book project, which brings together the different research questions motivating our project.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the project number 311769. The total funding amounts to approximately 1.5 million euro.