Our story


The Researching Agency in Education and Learning Network originated with an idea for collaboration after an EARLI (European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction) event in 2011. In 2012, the idea materialised in the form of an international educational research conference when Daniela, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge at that time, received funding through the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities to bring researchers and practitioners to the university to present their research on agency in education. The funding opportunity became a catalyst forming this team, composed of Dee, Rob, Mohini and Daniela—all graduate students at the University of Cambridge—and Jaakko at the University of Helsinki, to organise a conference called: “Researching agency in educational contexts: Theories and methods”.

ourstory2Additionally, the conference would not have been the success it was without the generous support and encouragement of Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen, University of Helsinki, and Dr John Potter, Institute of Education at the University College London. Two years later, we are collaborating once more to establish this network as a group of independent researchers interested in diverse elements of agency and education, in theory, research, policy and practice. We encourage individuals interested in educational research and practice in the area of agency to consider our network, help us grow, and reach different communities and cultures.

The DARE Collaborative is a research partnership focused on the digital arts in education, led by the UCL Institute of Education and the British Film Institute. It has a membership of university researchers, teachers and educators in cultural organisations with an interest in arts, media, culture and new literacies in the context of education and digital media.
Centro en Investigación Avanzada en Educación