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Research Project


A research project on “Mapping of VET Educational Policies and Practices for Social Inclusion and Social Cohesion in the Western Balkans, Israel and Turkey” was awarded to LSE Enterprise in collaboration with LSEE in June 2012. The project involves research teams in nine countries, linking up with the LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion. The research project is led by Will Bartlett with research assistance from Marina Cino-Pagliarello. Claire Gordon and Simona Milio are also providing inputs to the project. Elisa Narminio from LSE Enterprise is project manager.

Latest publication, May 2014: South Eastern Europe, Israel and Turkey - Trends, perspectives and challenges in strengthening vocational education for social inclusion and social cohesion| (European Training Foundation report)

The aim of the project is to deepen our understanding of the main barriers and potential opportunities for building inclusive and equitable VET systems in the Western Balkans, Turkey and Israel. It will provide new evidence on the role of VET in combating social inclusion and contributing to building more cohesive societies.

The project uses a variety of methods including desk research, in depth interviews, focus groups, analysis of national level statistical indicators and questionnaire surveys at school level in each of the nine countries included in the study.

The project will result in nine country case study reports and at a second phase in a comparative cross-national report.

Project Meetings

  1. A kick-off meeting was held at ETF offices in Turin on 26 July 2012
  2. A project meeting was held in Belgrade on 18 September 2012
  3. A policy workshop was held in Vienna on 3-5 December 2012 organised by ETF and KulturKontakt, the Austrian government equivalent of the British Council
  4. A final research workshop was held at ETF offices in Turin on 18-19 February 2013 to present and discuss the early findings of the research project. 

Case study reports

  1. Albania
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. FYROM
  4. Israel
  5. Montenegro
  6. Turkey