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IRN Start Date: April 1, 2017

The WERA network for Internationalisation of Research in Vocational Education and Training (IRN-VET) is operating since 2016 and reached in this time major results (e.g. establishment of an international journal in 2014, co-organisation of an international conference in 2015, co-organisation of a workshop for researchers and politicians – partner: European Commission). The international cooperation and also the very positive feedback from WERA in reply to our reports in the last years encouraged us to apply again. The WERA IRN is an excellent opportunity to intensify international research in Vocational Education and Training and to continue, enlarge and deepen the established IRN-VET structure.


The WERA network International Research Network in Vocational Education and Training (IRNVET) shall cover a broad range of research activities in vocational education and training (VET). It takes into account different levels of steering and practice linking system related issues to cultural aspects of VET. The field of research in VET covers initial and continuing vocational training, both school-based and workplace-based learning provisions as well as the development of pedagogic expertise for vocational and professional education. The IRNVET will raise awareness of the impact of research with its mapping activities, thematic ‘task forces’ and with IRNVET events. The IRNVET will support the established International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training ( Besides Products we will focus in our next period on the establishment of an Emerging VET Researcher Virtual Network. The aims of the IRNVET network for the period 2017-2019 are the following ones:

  • To increase the awareness of educational research communities on the importance and impact of national and international research in VET by contributing to WERA symposia;

  • To facilitate knowledge sharing and communication across existing research communities (or networks) by developing common channels;

  • To carry out work with selected key initiatives (that cover the global picture of research in VET) and focal themes (that highlight specific areas of global interest);

  • To develop models for joint IRNVET focal meetings under the auspices of the ‘regional’ associations (AERA SIGs, VETNET), thematic networks (INAP-Net) and other research events;

  • To develop models for international peer support for promoting the learning and research activities of emerging researchers in the field of research in VET.



Prof. Michael Gessler (Convener)

Institut Technik und Bildung

Universität Bremen




Prof. Dr. Michael Gessler, University of Bremen, Germany. Prof. Gessler was from 2014 to 2016 Co-Convener of IRN-VET (WERA). His focus is on work-based education, industrial relation and Vocational Education and Training in technical areas (e.g. Mechatronics).



Prof. Lazaro Moreno Herrera (Co-Convener)

Department of Education

Stockholm University




Prof. Dr. Lazaro Moreno, Stockholm University, Sweden. Prof. Moreo is founding member of IRN-VET (WERA) and member since 2014. Prof. Moreno is an expert in the field of socio-cultural conditions and development of Vocational Education and Training in a comparative perspective.


Prof. Muchlas Samani (Co-Convener)

The State University of Surabaya-Indonesia,

Department of Mechanical Engineering




Prof. Dr. Muchlas Samani, State University of Surabaya, Indonesia. Prof. Samani is focussing in his research especially on Teacher Training in Vocational Education and Training.



List of Participants

  • Stephanie Matseleng Allais, Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa,, former project manager of the ILO International Labour Organization.

  • Louis Cournoyer, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada,, Member of Ordre des conseillers et des conseillères d'orientation du Québec (OCCOQ)

  • Ludger Deitmer, International research coordinator, Institut Technik & Bildung (ITB), University of Bremen, Germany,, Past convenor of IRN-VET of the Word Education Research Association (WERA) Pekka Kamarainen, Senior researcher, ITB, University of Bremen, Germany pkamar@unibremen. de, former project manager of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)

  • Genevieve Fournier, Professor, Université Laval, Canada,, Director Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l'éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT)

  • Michael Gessler, Professor, ITB, University of Bremen, Germany, Past Link convenor of VETNET (EERA)

  • Philipp Gonon, Professor, University of Zürich, Switzerland,, President of the international network for Innovative Apprenticeships INAP-Net

  • Martin Mulder, Professor, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands (past chair of the SIG Workplace Learning of the American Educational Research Association AERA)

  • Johanna Lasonen, Professor, University of South Florida, USA, (past president of International Vocational Education and Training Association IVETA, chair of AERA SIG Intercultural education)

  • Margaret Malloch, Senior lecturer, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, (Past Link convenor of VETNET, past chair of AERA SIG Workplace Learning)

  • Len Cairns, Associate professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (past officer of AERA SIG Workplace Learning, active in VET networks in South Pacific region) Barbara Stalder, Professor, University of Education, Switzerland,, Link Convenor VETNET (EERA)

  • Jailani bin Md. Junos, Professor, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn UTHM, Malaysia, (hosting a UNESCO-UNEVOC network member institute, active in VET networks in South Pacific region)

  • Zhiqun Zhao, Professor, Beijing Normal University, China, (active in the international network for Innovative Apprenticeships INAP-Net and in VET networks in China)

  • Salim Akoojee, Associate professor at University of Witwatersrand and Programme manager at MerSETA, (active in INAPnet, in IVETA and in South African VET networks)

  • Lazaro Moreno Herrera, Professor, University of Stockholm, Sweden, (Board member of VETNET active in Scandinavian, Francophone and Spanish-speaking networks in VET, International education and Developmental cooperation)

  • Özlem Ünlühisarcikli. Associate professor, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, (Active in INAP-Net and in VET networks in Turkey, Invited key speaker of the Opening event of VENET at the European Conference on Educational Research ECER 13 in Istanbul)



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