Interfaculty Centre for Educational Research (ICER)


Pioneering policies and practices tackling educational inequalities in Europe (PIONEERED)

PIONEERED is a Research and Innovation Action Project of the Horizon 2020 Call Enhancing Access and Uptake of Education to Reverse Inequalities (Transformations-22-2020). PIONEERED aims to identify research-based policy frameworks and pioneering strategies and practices to reduce inequalities in access to formal and informal education.

On the one hand, it will examine the known causes of educational inequalities along the educational pathway from early childhood to tertiary education, and on the other hand, it will present strategies and practices for responding to inequalities from a cross-country comparative perspective. Based on these findings, the aim is to highlight the most promising tools in terms of path-breaking strategies and practices, which will be achieved through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach that considers multiple levels, different intersectionalities and a course-of-life perspective.

Given its experience in educational research at the interface with education policy and its background of broad expertise in social inequalities and methodologies, ICER is involved in all work packages of the project. The main tasks are in the area of methodological-conceptual work and comparative data analysis of educational inequalities:

  • Lead of Work Package 2 (conceptual and methodological framework) and Lead of Task 2.1 (state of research report) and Task 2.2 (methodological guidelines)
  • Lead of Task 4.2 (consequences of school segregation on achievement and attainment)



European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme


01.03.2021 - 29.02.2024

Project team at the University of Bern

Dr Andrea Erzinger
Dr Simon Seiler
M.A. Robin Benz
Dr Jessica Herzing
M.Sc. Angela Aegerter
B.Sc. Dilan Cümen
Dr David Glauser

Cooperation partners

University of Helsinki, Finland
University of Mannheim, Germany
Trier University, Germany
TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Hungary
The Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland
PPMI – Public Policy and Management Institute, Lithuania
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
LISER – Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
University of Bergen, Norway
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Eurice – European Research and Project Office GmbH, Germany

Press Release: Equal Educational Opportunities for All: New EU Project PIONEERED Kicks Off Activities