Workshop on Addressing Educational Disadvantages in European Cities

Birmingham © Adela Popa

Birmingham © Adela Popa

This workshop focuses on the access to quality education for vulnerable categories in European cities, with a special focus on Roma and migrants. It also hopes to assess the impact of various policy instruments used throughout Europe to address this issue. A special emphasis will be placed on how policy instruments associated with the European Social Fund work in addressing educational disadvantages in both Old and New Europe.

The workshop is generously supported through a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.



Following workshop discussions a policy brief focused on urban education was developed. The policy brief is available following the link below.

The School and the City: Shifting Urban Education Policies Towards a More Inclusive Approach?

The policy brief is accompanied by a detailed research agenda on urban education, Improving Educational Outcomes for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Young People: Remodelling Educational Leadership, available to those interested upon request. In order to gain access to this material please write an e-mail to cristina.stanus (at)


The workshop aims to capitalise on the scientific and professional context provided by the 2015 EURA conference to comparatively assess the impact of various policy instruments used throughout Europe to address the issue of educational inequalities in cities, with a view to formulate policy proposals relevant at European and national level, capitalising on the expertise available.

In order to reach this goal we will:

  • Identify a relevant group of academics and practitioners from European countries, who will be invited to work jointly on the proposed topic during the workshop;
  • Disseminate the results of the project to both the academic and the practitioners’ community, as well as to relevant policy-makers at national and European level.


On-line discussion on the topic is conducted via this platform (access by invitation only).


Stanley Tucker and Dave Trotman, Newman University, Birmingham, United Kingdom – Pastoral care and the support of vulnerable pupils: messages from research

Ieva Margeviča-Grinberga, University of Latvia, Latvia – Diversity challenges to urban education

Tünde Virág, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary – Inclusionary and exclusionary policies in education. Case studies from Hungarian cities

Ana Isabel Ricardo Pato Estevens, University of Lisbon, Portugal – The city and the artistic education. The case of the Generation Orchestra in Portugal

Sonia Catrina, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and SNSPA, Romania – The Role of Educational Achievement in Reconfiguring the Social Structure: Risks, Vulnerabilities, Challenges for the Romanian Youth

Ana Maria Suciu, independent researcher – Urban Education in Europe?

Daniel Pop, Educational Support Program, Open Society Foundations

John Kowalzyk, Open Society Foundations

Cristina Stănuș, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Adela Popa, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu