Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Legal and Social Sciences

Supervisor name and surname:

Gisela Redondo Sama

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Supervisor short biography

Co-supervisor name and surname:

Ariadna Munté

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Co-supervisor institution:

University of Barcelona

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PhD programme:

Humanistic Studies

Title of the research project:

Dialogic leadership in schools for social transformation

Description of the research project:

Leadership in schools can generate dynamics of change that contribute to social transformation, enabling the improvement of quality education for all, in particular of vulnerable groups. Providing high-quality learning environments requires the involvement of the whole community, from teachers to students, families, volunteers and other educational agents. In this framework, recent contributions on leadership focus on the relationship between schools and surrounding communities. In this vein, dialogic leadership and how very diverse members of the community exercise their leadership through dialogue, show evidence about how dialogic leaders collaborate with teachers, families and students to improve education. To achieve quality education for all and based on the best scientific evidence, schools are not alone and need more than ever, the involvement of the whole community to lead change in dialogic ways.

This proposal aims to advance knowledge by analyzing and uncovering emerging forms of leadership linked to dialogue and the involvement of diverse educational agents in schools. Specifically, this project will focus on the role of community participation in schools to identify dynamics of change linked to dialogic leadership that generate impacts in schools and beyond. The project has an interdisciplinary and intersectorial approach, involving different stakeholders in the research process and benefiting from scientific knowledge of different areas. Gender issues will be included throughout the research process.

Candidates with a profile in education or related areas and highly motivated to develop excellent research addressed to improve schools and communities are suitable for this research line. Furthermore, the highly desirable attributes of the ideal candidate are:

* Demonstrated previous experience in one or more of the following topics: education, sociology, psychology, or any other scientific discipline that can be applied to educational research.
* Hold a Master degree, or equivalent, in: education, sociology, psychology or any other scientific discipline related to educational research.
* Language skills: advanced level in English, oral and written.
* Specific Software skills: no specific software skills required.
* Other skills: excellent communication skills and cooperation skills are required. Skills to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team in a highly vibrant and stimulating learning environment.
* Personality traits: Strong motivation to do research with and for society, in collaboration with diverse stakeholders and end-users. Eagerness to attend the full training program as offered in the project and to actively contribute to the project aims and objectives.
Ethics: This project involves ethical aspects

Workplace Location: Campus Sescelades, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Earliest expected start date:

14 February 2022

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413