University of Münster, Germany (WWU)

The University of Münster is one of the largest universities in Germany with a rich and time-honoured tradition. Fifteen faculties with 120-degree programmes and some 30 research centres comprise the institutional backbone of the University. Some 45,700 students and 5,300 academics appreciate the University’s excellent research opportunities, high-quality teaching, promotion of junior researchers, and the advantages of living in the city of Münster. The Institute of Education at WWU is one of the largest of its kind in Europe providing higher education – undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A. and doctoral) programs – and undertaking research in the area of Educational Science. Among the research projects recently conducted are the EU-funded projects: YOUNG_ADULLLT (Horizon 2020, 2016-2019, see: GOETE Project (FP 7, 2010-2013, see:, both international projects were/are concerned with generating new knowledge and improving the link between education and society by comparative research.


Dr. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral

Dr. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral is full professor of international and comparative education at the Institute of Education at the University of Münster and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE) at the University of Turku, Finland. His research interests include Education Policy Studies, Comparative Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Life Course. Parreira do Amaral has collaborated to and coordinated several national and international research projects and published extensively. Website:

Dr. Jozef Zelinka

Dr. Jozef Zelinka is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Education, University of Münster. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and his research interests include Higher Education Studies, Subjectivation Analysis, Vulnerability, and Life Course Research. Zelinka has extensive project experience in international research consortia and will contribute to CLEAR research and management activities. Website:

Diana Maria Zerda Losada is studying Social Anthropology at master’s degree at the University of Münster and is a student assistant in the CLEAR research project. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she has worked in schools and organisations in the education sector, and transitional justice institutions in Colombia. She is interested in research in education from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective and seeks to further address the impacts of education in the lives of young generations.

Joseph König is student assistant. König studies Education Sciences and Informatics at the University of Münster. Focus of his studies are Education Theory and Research. Among several topics, König is interested in how contemporary crises serve as catalysts to global transformations impacting the lives of young people, such as the digital transformation of the educational sector.

Jeannette Libera supports the CLEAR Coordination and German Team as a student assistant. She studies education at the University of Münster at bachelor’s degree. Through her involvement in the project, she seeks to strengthen her scientific working skills while getting an insight in the working dynamics of a European research project. In general, she is interested in understanding the multi-layered relations and effects in the educational, social and political research area.

Contribution to the Project

The teaching and research unit International and Comparative Education will coordinate the project. The WWU team brings together in a unique way experience and expertise relevant for the CLEAR project: experience in EU research activities, project management as well as expertise with regard to educational governance and education policy, teacher training, educational transitions, lifelong learning and social pedagogy while bringing together educational research, policy and practice represents an important concern.