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Research

Students before Profit

Commercialisation and privatisation have a serious impact on students, communities and public education systems. We use research as a guide to inform the campaign and create an accurate picture of trends, tendencies and outcomes.

  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Pandemic Privatisation in Higher Education: Edtech & University Reform

    Ben Williamson, Anna Hogan

    15 February 2021

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, a state of emergency engulfed higher education. The crisis of mass campus closures and a rapid ‘pivot’ to online learning became the context for attempts by private actors and commercial organisations to reconfigure the sector.

    Pandemic Privatisation in Higher Education: Edtech & University Reform
    1. Report
    2. Summary
  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    Teaching with Tech: The role of education unions in shaping the future

    Christina J. Colclough

    27 October 2020

    The Future of Work is not just making the headlines - it has become an issue of increasing importance for students, teachers and the whole of society. While there is always an element of anticipatory anxiety when facing the future there has also been real concern about the arrival of...

    Teaching with Tech: The role of education unions in shaping the future
    1. Report
    2. Summary
  3. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Commercialisation and privatisation in/of education in the context of Covid-19

    Ben Williamson, Anna Hogan

    15 July 2020

    The Covid-19 emergency has affected education systems worldwide. The ‘pivot’ to ‘online learning’ and ‘emergency remote teaching’ has positioned educational technology (edtech) as an integral component of education globally, bringing private sector and commercial organisations into the centre of essential educational services.

    Commercialisation and privatisation in/of education in the context of Covid-19
    1. Report
    2. Summary
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Privatisation of education in Morocco. A multi-speed education system and a polarised society.

    Khadija Abdous

    24 January 2020

    The study is a detailed examination of the trends and current manifestations of privatisation in education in Morocco. The report also sheds light on various public education reforms implemented in Morocco and how privatisation policies have affected these reforms.

    Privatisation of education in Morocco. A multi-speed education system and a polarised society.
    1. Report (in French)
    2. Summary (in English)
    3. Summary (in Arabic)
  5. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Public education in Greece: Aspects and trends of emerging privatisation

    5 December 2019

    Commissioned and led by the Greek Primary Teachers’ Federation (DOE) and the Greek Federation of Secondary Education State School Teachers (OLME), the study is part of EI’s Global Response to the Privatisation and Commercialisation in and of Education.

    Public education in Greece: Aspects and trends of emerging privatisation
    1. Full study (in Greek)
    2. Summary (in English)
    3. Summary (in Greek)
  6. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Privatisation and commodification of university in Latin America: The cases of Argentina, Peru, Chile and the Dominican Republic

    Fernanda Saforcada, Daniela Atairo, Lucía Trotta, Aldana Rodríguez Golisano

    17 October 2019

    Since the late 20th century, Latin American higher education has witnessed two major processes: firstly, considerable expansion – a sustained increase in enrolment, a growing number of institutions, and growth and diversification of study programmes, levels and qualifications; secondly, a decline in public funding.

    Privatisation and commodification of university in Latin America: The cases of Argentina, Peru, Chile and the Dominican Republic
    1. Report (in Spanish)
    2. Summary (in English)
  7. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Commercial Activity in Pacific Education

    Anna Hogan, Greg Thompson, Bob Lingard, Dr Mesake Dakuidreketi

    10 October 2019

    This study collected scoping data to document and understand the extent of privatisation and commercialisation of education in eight Council of Pacific Education (COPE) nations - the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

    Commercial Activity in Pacific Education
    1. Report
    2. Summary
  8. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?

    Curtis B. Riep

    11 February 2019

    Bridge International Academies (BIA) is the fastest-growing chain of ‘low-fee’ schools in the world, having ‘reached 500,000 children through hundreds of schools across Africa and India’ (BIA, 2018) and planning ‘to be the global leader in providing education to families who live on US$2 a day per person or less’...

    What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?
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  9. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    Democratising knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier

    Dr. Jonathan Tennant

    16 October 2018

    Elsevier are the largest and most powerful scholarly publisher, a status achieved through a long history of mergers and acquisitions and rigorously capitalistic business practices. The core issues surrounding Elsevier are that it operates its business primarily through charging for what should be public knowledge and education, with aggressive pricing...

    Democratising knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier
    1. Report
    2. Advocacy document
  10. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    The privatisation of education in Argentina

    by Myriam Feldfeber, Adriana Puiggrós, Susan Robertson and Miguel Duhalde

    25 September 2018

    The research provides an overview of the processes driving the privatisation of education and their impact on quality and equity in Argentina’s public education system. The research project is a joint endeavour between a team of academics and researchers including Argentinian researchers Myriam Feldfeber and Adriana Puiggros and Cambridge University...

    The privatisation of education in Argentina
    1. Report (in Spanish)
    2. Summary
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    Quality and equalities: a comparative study of public and low-cost private schools in Lagos

    Elaine Unterhalter

    16 May 2018

    One of the greatest challenges facing Nigeria is rebuilding high-quality, free public education for all. State promises on this date back to the 1973 National Pledge and have been repeated in policies and declarations. However, repeated failures to fulfil these promises has led to private sector intervention, and the commercialisation...

    Quality and equalities: a comparative study of public and low-cost private schools in Lagos
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  12. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    Commercialisation in public schooling - An Australian study

    Bob Lingard, Sam Sellar, Anna Hogan, Greg Thompson

    20 December 2017

    The Commercialisation in Public Schooling project explores the extent and character of commercialisation in Australian public schooling. The study also documents the structural conditions, as well as political values, which enable this.

    Commercialisation in public schooling - An Australian study
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  13. Equity and inclusion

    The privatisation of education in Uruguay

    Eloísa Bordoli, Pablo Martinis, Mauro Moschetti, Stefanía Conde and Marcelo Alfonzo

    29 September 2017

    Over the last few decades, pro-privatisation policies have taken a central place in many processes of educational reform on a global scale. In Latin America, these policies have assumed a key role in educational reform processes, especially since the 1990s.

    The privatisation of education in Uruguay
    1. Report (in Spanish)
  14. Equity and inclusion

    Nepal: Patterns of privatisation in education

    Pramod Bhatta and Tejendra Pherali

    6 September 2017

    This research provides an overview of the trajectories and forms of education privatisation in Nepal, with a special focus on low-fee and chain schools. In doing so, it seeks to contribute to the ongoing, critical debate about the relationships between students’ rights to quality education, teachers’ rights to quality working...

    Nepal: Patterns of privatisation in education
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  15. Fighting the commercialisation of education

    We the educators

    10 August 2017

    The objective of this literature review was exploratory in nature, and because of the depth of the literature (both academic and non-academic) available on standardisation, personalisation and privatisation, this review focuses primarily on scholarly articles and books published in the past decade.

    We the educators
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  16. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    Partnership Schools for Liberia: a critical review

    Tyler Hook

    11 July 2017

    This report reviews and analyses documents related to the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) pilot. The analysis focuses on three key areas: transparency and accountability, students and teachers, and scalability and sustainability.

    Partnership Schools for Liberia: a critical review
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