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Prof Karen Evans
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
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Appointment
  • Emeritus Professor
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I joined the Institute of Education in 2001 as Chair in Education (Lifelong Learning). I was Head of the School of Lifelong Education and International Development between 2001 and 2005. I currently play a leading role in the Economic and Social Research Council Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES). My main fields of comparative and international research are learning in life and work transitions, and adult learning in, for and through the workplace. I have directed and co-directed 16 major studies of learning and working life in Britain and internationally, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, charitable institutions (including the Leverhulme Trust, the Anglo-German Foundation) the European Commission and a range of government agencies.

  • Academician, Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Member of Council and Visiting Professor, Latvia University Doctoral School. 
  • International Advisory Board, Helix Vinn Centre, Linkoping University, Sweden (2008 - 2014).
  • Honorary Professor, RMIT University, Australia.
  • Member, Doctoral Board for Education, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Czech Republic. 
  • Member, Society for Educational Studies (SES) and Board Member British Journal of Educational Studies (2005 - 2015).
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Research in Vocational Education and Training.
  • Journal of Vocational Education International Advisory Board.
  • Human Resource Development Review Editorial Board.
  • Journal of Education and Training Editorial Board.
  • Editor, COMPARE - international journal of comparative education (2004 - 2009); College of Reviewers (2019 -
  • Member, Council of  Asia-Europe (ASEM) Lifelong Learning Hub Research Networks. Network Coordinator.
  • Previously Visiting Fellow at the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver, the international distance learning organisation founded by the Commonwealth Heads of State. 
  • Special Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry EU Lifelong Learning Programmes.
  • Visiting Professor, National Institute of Work-Based Learning (Middlesex University)
  • Previous Visiting Professorships include Visiting Professor at University of Melbourne; Visiting Scholar, University of Ottawa, Visiting Professor RMIT Melbourne. 

Personal country knowledge

Canada (learning and work); Germany (vocational education and youth transitions); Sweden (learning and working life); Finland ( learning and work); Singapore (adult learning); Korea (ageing society). 

Languages spoken
  • English (advanced) French (basic)

Languages written
  • English (advanced) French (basic)

Teaching Summary

Completions since 2009 include:
  • Adrian Chown - The role of workplace learning in the practices of university lecturers: towards an analytical perspective that integrates the historical, cultural-social and individual aspects. PhD Awarded.
  • Teresa Gouveia - The changing meaning of higher education in the transition to work in Portugal. PhD Awarded.
  • Eila Heikkila - Innovation in Vocational Education and Training through European Union Programmes. EdD Awarded.
  • Maria Cristina Migliori - Older workers' training in the Piedmont region of Italy. PhD Awarded.
  • Ilona Murphy- Learner, college and employer perspectives on participation in college-based Programme-Led Apprenticeships. EdD Awarded.
  • Nirmala Lee - Financial literacy and financial literacy education: what might be the components of an effective financial literacy curriculum? PhD Awarded.
  • Joanne Brown - Through the Looking Glass: Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace. EdD Awarded
  • Soo Koung Jun - A Comparative study of the third age learning: a culture of learning of the University of Third Age (U3A) in the UK and the Senior University (SU) in Korea. PhD Awarded.

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