Prof. Louis Volante

Professorial fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
6. Migration and Development
7. Social Protection

Louis Volante (PhD) is a Professor of Education Governance and Policy Analysis at Brock University and a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG). He has held Visiting Professor appointments in England (University College London), the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT), and Canada (University of Toronto). Among his various leadership roles, Dr. Volante is the current President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) and Past-President of the Canadian Educational Researchers' Association (CERA).

Professor Volante is an expert with UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab and a member of the United Nations University Migration Network. He also sits on the Executive of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), which develops and updates standards for the evaluation field across North America. Dr. Volante regularly engages as a consultant and policy advisor for International Organisations as well as regional and national governments around the world.

Professor Volante’s research is primarily focused on global education governance, comparative education policy, international education surveys and policy diffusion, inequality in educational opportunities and achievement, and impact evaluation of policies and programs. His scholarship is widely cited in both academic and policy communities and has been generously supported by international and national agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He is currently leading a five-year SSHRC project with Professors Don Klinger (University of Waikato) and Melissa Siegel (UNU-MERIT), which examines the relationship between migrant integration policies and student achievement outcomes. He is fortunate to have a publication record that has included collaborations with over 100 academics in more than 25 countries.

Among his various distinctions, Professor Volante is a two-time recipient of the R.W.B. Jackson Publication Award, which is awarded annually by CSSE to recognize the most outstanding English language journal article. He has been featured as an educational change expert by research societies such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA). At UNU-MERIT/MGSoG, Professor Volante supervises graduate students in the Master of Science Programme in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) and the PhD Programme in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²). He also teaches doctoral courses which focus on Policy Evaluation as well as the Global Governance of Education. Louis completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto with a focus on policy studies after receiving a UofT Open Scholarship from the School of Graduate Studies.

Selected publications by Louis Volante