Dr X. Bonal (1963) has been named Professor by Special Appointment of Education for All at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair was designated on behalf of the Stichting voor Onderwijs, Onderzoek en Beleid in Internationale Ontwikkeling (Foundation for Education, Research and Policy in International Development – STOOBIO).
Xavier Bonal’s research encompasses a range of themes surrounding the sociology of education and education policy, and he has conducted studies investigating educational and social inequality in Spain and other European countries and in Latin America. In recent years he has primarily focused on describing the globalisation processes at work in various dimensions of education systems and processes, with a particular interest in the role of international organisations.
As professor by special appointment at the UvA’s Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), Bonal will lead research on national and international developments in education. Additionally, he will be responsible for setting up new research programmes to explore issues such as changes in education system management in developing countries and the effects of the global education policy agenda on poverty and inequality.
Bonal has been senior university lecturer in Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona since 1997. He has also held various advisory posts at organisations including the European Commission, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. He has been a member of the European Union’s Network of Experts of Social Sciences and Education (NESSE) since 2006, and from 2006 until 2010 was deputy ombudsman for children’s rights in Catalonia.