Antoni Verger is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His research focuses on the study of the relationship between global governance institutions and education policy – i.e. how education policies are internationally disseminated and enacted in concrete institutional settings, and what effects this has on education quality and equity. In recent years, he has specialized in the study of public-private partnerships and accountability policies in education.
With a cross-disciplinary training in sociology and education studies, Dr. Verger publishes in comparative education, education policy, sociology and development studies journals. He is one of the lead editors of the World Yearbook of Education and the Journal of Education Policy and, regarding teaching, is the Deputy General of Education Policies for Global Development – GLOBED, a European master programme that is offered by UAB together with other European universities. In the past, Dr. Verger has been awarded with Marie S. Curie and Ramon y Cajal grants, and has conducted research for international organisations such as UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education, Education International and several aid agencies. Currently, he coordinates the ERC-funded project REFORMED- Reforming Schools Globally: A Multiscalar Analysis of Autonomy and Accountability Policies in the Education Sector.