Xavier Bonal

Xavier Bonal is a Special Professor in Education and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and Professor in Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is director of the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research group at the Department of Sociology of the UAB and a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Educational Policy (GIPE).

Professor Bonal’s work focuses on the areas of education policy, educational inequalities, globalisation and education and the right to education. He has widely published in national and international journals and is author of several books on the referred topics.

Professor Bonal is currently director of the GLOBED Project, the first European Masters on Education Policies for Global Development funded by the EU under the Programme Erasmus +. He has been member of the Network of Experts of Social Sciences and Education (NESSE) (2006-2010) of the European Commission and is member of the Editorial Board of several international journals of education policies and educational development. He has worked as a consultant for international organisations like the European Commission, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Between 2006 and 2010, Xavier Bonal was Deputy Ombudsman for Children’s rights at the Office of the Catalan Ombudsman.

Selected publications

Bonal, X.; Zancajo, A. & Verger, A. (2017, forth.) “Making poor choices? Demand rationalities and school choice in a Chilean local education market”. Journal of School Choice. doi: 10.1080/15582159.2017.1286206.

Bonal, X. (2017, forth.) “Global education policies and taken-for-granted rationalities: Do the poor respond to policy incentives in the same way?”, in Means, A. and Saltman, K. (eds.) Handbook of Global Education Reform. Wiley-Blackwell.

Tarabini, A. i Bonal, X. (2016) Los principios de un sistema educativo que no deje a nadie atrás. Madrid: Save the Children. https://www.savethechildren.es/sites/default/files/imce/docs/los_principios_de_un_sistema_educatico_que_no_deje_a_nadie_atras.pdf

Bonal, X. (2016) “Education, poverty and the ‘missing link’. The limits of human capital theory as a paradigm for poverty reduction”, in Mundy, K.; Green, A.; Lingard, R. & Verger, A. (eds.) The Handbook of Global Education Policy. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 97-110. ISBN: 9781118468050.

Bonal, X., & Tarabini, A. (2016). Being poor at school: Exploring conditions of educability in the favela. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37(2), 212-229.

Bonal, X., & Verger, A. (2016). Privatización educativa y globalización: Una realidad poliédrica. RASE: Revista De La Asociación De Sociología De La Educación, 9(2), 175-180.

Verger, A., Bonal, X., & Zancajo, A. (2016). Recontextualización de políticas y (cuasi) mercados educativos. un análisis de las dinámicas de demanda y oferta escolar en chile. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24

Verger, A., BonaL, X., & Zancajo, A. (2016). What are the role and impact of public-private partnerships in education? A realist evaluation of the chilean education quasi-market. Comparative Education Review, 60(2), 223-248.

Bonal, X., Zancajo, A., & Castel, J. (2015). Equitat i resultats educatius a catalunya: Una mirada a partir de PISA 2012 Fundació Jaume Bofill.

Termes, A., Bonal, X., Verger, A., Zancajo, A., López, L., Ramírez, Y. C., & Angélica, S. (2015). Public-private partnerships in colombian education: The equity and quality impications of” colegios en concesión”.

Tarabini, A., Bonal, X., & Valiente, O. (2014). Reacting to poverty: A comparative analysis of schools in brazilian deprived areas. Prospects, 44(3), 335-349.

Zancajo, A., Bonal, X., & Verger, A. (2014). Mercados educativos y segmentación de la oferta escolar: Efectos sobre las desigualdades educativas en chile. Témpora: Revista De Historia y Sociología De La Educación, 17, 11-30.

Bonal, X., Verger, A., & Tarabini, A. (2013). “Superando límites disciplinares e territoriais: a ruptura epistemologica de Roger Dale na pesquisa em política educativa”, en Tello, C., & Pinto, M.L. (ed.) Estudios epistemológicos no campo da pesquisa em política educacional. Campinas: Mercado de Letras.

Bonal, X., & Tarabini, A. (2013). “The role of PISA in shaping hegemonic educational discourses, policies and practices: the case of Spain”. Research in Comparative and International Education, vol. 8 (3), pp. 335-341.

Rovira, M., Saurí, E., & Bonal, X. (2013). “Rendibilitat social dels serveis públics educatius. Una proposta d’anàlisi per a Sant Feliu de Llobregat”. Institut de Ciències Polítiques i Socials. ICPS-Working Paper 319. ISSN: 1133-8962.

Bonal, X. (dir.) (2012). Municipis contra la segregació escolar. Sis experiències de política educativa local. Barcelona: Fundació Jaume Bofill. Col•lecció Polítiques, n. 78. ISBN: 978-84-940608-1-6.

Bonal, X. (2012). Education policy and school segregation in Catalonia: the politics of non-decision making. Journal of Education Policy, 27: 401-421.

Bonal, X., Tarabini A., & Rambla X. (2012). Conditional cash transfers in education for development: emergence, policy dilemmas and diversity of impacts. In: Verger A, Novelli M, Kosar- Altinyelken H (eds) Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Programmes. New York: Continuum

Verger, A. & Bonal, X. (2012). “All things being equal?” Policy options, shortfalls and absences in the World Bank Education Sector Strategy 2020. In Klees, S., J. Samoff, and N. Stromquist (eds.) World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives. Rotterdam: Sense.

Verger A., & Bonal X. (2011). La Estrategia Educativa 2020 o las limitaciones del Banco Mundial para promover el Aprendizaje para Todos. Educaçao & Sociedade, 32 (117): 911-932.

Bonal X, Tarabini A., Constans M, Kliczkowski F, & Valiente O. (2010). Ser pobre en la escuela. Habitus de pobreza y condiciones de educabilidad. Colección: Educación, Globalización y Desarrollo. Mino y davlia, Barcelona.

Bonal, X. & Rambla, X. (2009). In the name of globalisation: southern and northern paradigms of educational development. In S. Robertson, & R. Dale (eds.), Globalisation and Europeanisation in Education. Symposium Books. http://webs2002.uab.es/_cs_gr_saps/publicacions/bonal/In%20the%20nameofGlobalisation%20_Bonal%20&%20Rambla_.pdf

Bonal, X. i Tarabini, A. (2009). Global Solutions for Global Poverty? The World Bank Education Policy and the Anti-Poverty Agenda, a M. Simons, M. Olssen & M. Peters (eds.) Re-reading Education Policies: A Handbook Studying the policy agenda of the 21st century.Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. pp. 96-111.  https://www.sensepublishers.com/files/9789087908317PR.pdf

Bonal, X. (2007). On global absences: reflections on the failings of the education and poverty relationship. International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 27 (1), pp. 86-100.

Verger, A. & Bonal, X. (2006) Against GATS: the sense of a global struggle. Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, vol. 4 (1). ISSN 1740-2743. http://www.jceps.com/index.php?pageID=article&articleID=55

Bonal, X. (2004).- Is the World Bank education policy adequate for fighting poverty? Some evidence from Latin AmericaInternational Journal of Educational Development, 24(6), pp. 649-666.  http://webs2002.uab.es/_cs_gr_saps/publicacions/bonal/IJED%20World%20Bank.pdf