Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS)

ISOTIS - Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society

26 January 2017

Herman van de Werfhorst and Jesper Rözer of the Institutions, Inequalities, and Life courses group (Sociology) of the University of Amsterdam start to collaborate on the ISOTIS project. ISOTIS is funded as a Horizon 2020 project, is coordinated by Utrecht University, and supported by 17 European universities/organizations.


ISOTIS addresses the nature, causes and impact of early emerging social and educational inequalities in the context of socioeconomic, cultural, and institutional processes. It aims to improve the contribution of (early) education systems and support services to the main goal of inclusiveness of these provisions. It focus on strengths and potentials of disadvantaged groups, giving voice to them, and adapting education and support services to build on their strengths. The research team will implement state of the art insights and methods from sociology, economy, psychology and pedagogy.

Inequality in various stages of the educational career

Herman van de Werfhorst and Jesper Rözer will focus on exploring and explaining inequalities in various stages of the educational career. They will address the macro-level of education systems and educational policy, and aim to identify important mechanisms and nodal points in European societies’ educational systems, which are amenable to policy intervention at multiple levels. To this end, three types of data will be combined:

  • cross-sectional data collected at various ages, and for multiple cohorts, to create pseudo-panel data;
  • longitudinal data from selected European countries covering various stages of the educational career;
  • and institutional data on educational institutions and reforms.

This project will be performed in collaboration with the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), Trinity college Dublin (Ireland), Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy), and the University of Oslo (Norway).

  • prof. dr. H.G. (Herman) van de Werfhorst | T: 0205257376

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