Prof. Louis Volante

Affilated researcher

Louis Volante (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Education at Brock University and an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. He has held Visiting Scholar positions at UNU-MERIT and the University of Toronto. Currently, he is President-Elect of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA) and will assume the position of President for a two-year term beginning May 2019. Louis received his PhD from the University of Toronto with a focus on Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Professor Volante’s research, which is widely disseminated and cited around the world, is focused on the global governance of education, comparative policy analysis, international achievement studies, socioeconomic inequality and student achievement, migrant integration and student outcomes, and educational reform and innovation. He was recently featured as an educational change expert by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) within their Lead the Change Series – Issue 72 (

Dr. Volante’s research has been supported by various Canadian and international research agencies, professional associations, and universities. He has secured Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funding as a Principal Investigator for multiple mixed-methods longitudinal studies – his current five-year SSHRC project examines the relationship between migrant integration policies and student achievement outcomes across Canada.

Professor Volante serves on various advisory boards for academic journals and scholarly associations. He is a frequent invited speaker around the world and has worked as an advisor and evaluator for various Canadian, American, and European government departments on issues related to large-scale reform. With over 100 journal articles, reports, books and book chapters that examine diverse cultural contexts, Professor Volante is an internationally recognized scholar in educational policy analysis.

Selected publications by Louis Volante