BAICE is pleased that Professor Roger Dale will serve as BAICE President for the 2013-14 academic year.
Roger Dale is a sociologist of education. He holds professorial positions at the Universities of Bristol and Auckland. He has a long standing interest in the relationships between states and education in an era of globalization. His current work (together with Susan Robertson) is informed broadly by a critical cultural political economy approach to the understanding of relationships between ‘globalisation’ and education. This entails taking into account both political economic and civilizational/cultural productions and elements of education, as well as its locally embedded practices, and is theoretically and methodologically informed and enabled by a critical comparative approach.
Much of his work in the past decade has focused on the production, nature and consequences of ‘European education policy’. He was for four years the Scientific Coordinator of the EU’s Network of Experts on Social Science and Education (NESSE), which created a number of ‘interesting’ challenges and opportunities. He was also involved in a recently completed 8 country study of educational transitions in Europe, which created a range of opportunities for the development of a critical comparative approach.
Roger sees the CCPE approach as opening up opportunities of cooperation with wider social science disciplines, through giving a central and necessary role to comparative work in education and other areas of social policy. It will form the basis of his Presidential Address at the BAICE conference in Bath in September 2014.