The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is a teaching and research institution officially founded in 1980. The university employs over 7.500 people in 31 faculties and schools distributed in three different campuses, with more than 57.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The UPV/EHU offers the highest number of doctorate programmes of all Spanish universities, one third of which have received a mention of excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education. The UPV/EHU has been recognised as an International Research Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN). It has been recently considered as one of the Top 300 universities in the world.
Since the first European Research Framework Programmes, the UPV/EHU has been very active and has participated in a wide variety of collaborative projects. In the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) the University of the Basque Country participated in 94 projects, of which it coordinated 22, amounting to more than 30 million Euros. In Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the UPV/EHU has so far been successful with 112 projects that have already attracted a total sum of more than 31 million Euros in research and innovation financing, including 6 ERC grants, 2 of which are Advanced Grants, and 7 projects from the FET programme.
Gorka Roman Etxebarrieta (PI)
Dr. Gorka Roman holds an International Ph.D. in Political Science and is currently finishing another Ph.D. in Psychodidactics. He has Bachelor’s Degrees in Social and Cultural Anthropology, English Studies, and Basque Studies, and Master’s Degrees in “Conflict Resolution, and Migrations”, “Nationalism in the 21st Century”, and “Visual Anthropology”. His expertise includes discourse analysis, the processes of inclusion with foreign students, migrants and refugees in diverse contexts and new didactic methodologies in the teaching/learning processes. He is conducting research in different international investigation groups working in fields related to sociocultural inclusion and youth/civil networks. He is member of national and international research groups related to the learning mobility of youths and social inclusion. He is also Principal Investigator in several Erasmus+ projects working on new didactic techniques and educational inclusion. He is also member of “KideOn” Consolidated Research Group of the Basque Government (Ref.: IT1342-19 / “A” category). He has multiple publications on different topics such as education, youth mobility, identity formation, and social inclusion and has organized several international conferences in related topics.
Maria Orcasitas-Vicandi (Co-PI)
María Orcasitas-Vicandi is an assistant professor in the Department of English and German Philology, Translation and Interpretation at the University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU. She studied English Philology and postgraduate studies (European Master’s Degree in Multilingual Education and Master’s Degree in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Teaching of Foreign Languages) at the same university. She received a MEC predoctoral fellowship (BES-2013-32191) and did a research stay at the University of Knoxville Tennessee (UKT) in the Department of Modern and Foreign Languages and Literatures thanks to a grant from the ministry (EEBB-I-16 -063563). She received an international doctorate cum laude from this university (UPV/EHU). She obtained by opposition the positions of assistant professor in the Faculty of Education of Leioa (UPV/EHU) in the Department of Didactics of Language and Literature and the position of assistant professor in the Faculty of Letters (UPV/EHU) in the Department of English and German Philology, Translation and Interpretation where she works today. As a researcher, she has published several books, articles and book chapters in national and international journals. She has also participated in five research projects: 2 national projects (MINECO) and 3 international projects (ERASMUS+).
Nahia Idoiaga Mondragon
Dr. Nahia Idoiaga Mondragon holds a PhD in psychology (with honor), degrees in psychology and educational psychology and two master’s degrees (Teachers Training & Research Methodology). Framed on social and educational psychology she has researched and published impact articles on topics related to socio-educational inclusion, education, feminism and health. In the field of research, she is part of the research group KideON. She is also part of several projects, most of them European funded, working on the inclusion of young people and vulnerable groups.
At a teaching level, she is lecturer in the Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Education since 2016 and in her teaching subjects is implementing IKD methods (problem based learning and dynamic and cooperative learning). Nahia is also the coordinator of the Infant Education degree and part of the equality and quality committees of the Faculty of Education of Bilbao.
Elizabeth Pérez Izaguirre holds a Diploma in Social Education (UPV/EHU) and a B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UPV/EHU). She finished a M.A. in International Relations (University of Kent) and holds a PhD in Education. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Didactics and School Organization and is the Vice-Dean for Coordination at the Faculty of Education, Philosophy and Anthropology.
She has conducted ethnographic research in Basque education to analyze the identities of immigrant students and linguistic diversity, as well as the relationship between teachers and students. In her publications she has analyzed the effect of educational inequalities and provided a set of guidelines to ensure the inclusion of ethnic minorities in Basque schools. She has been a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
Oihana Leonet Sieso
Dr. Oihana Leonet holds a BA in educational psychology, a MA on multilingualism and education and she received her Ph.D. degree in education with honors. She has participated in several international conferences and has published her work in national and international journals on topics related to multilingualism, language learning, education and socio-educational inclusion. She is part of the internationally renowned ‘Donostia Research group on Education and Multilingualism’ (DREAM). She is also part of several national and European founded projects related to the development of students’ communicative skills, particularly focusing on vulnerable groups. She has also contributed to the organization of national and international congresses.
PhD student in the Psychodidactic program (UPV / EHU, 2016-present), Master’s Degree in Psychodidactics: Educational Psychology and Specific Didactics (UPV / EHU, 2015-2016) and graduated in Primary Education Teaching (UCM, 2011-2015). Her main activity is focused on her doctoral thesis, which revolves around the on-going training of Primary Education teachers in order to develop more inclusive educational practices. For this purpose, the Basque Government has granted a Pre-doctoral contract (2019-present) for the development of the project in the Department of Didactics and School Organization of the UPV / EHU, under the direction of two of the members and collaborators of KideOn: Leire Darretxe and Maite Arandia. At the beginning of 2019, she enjoyed a stay at NUI – Galway (Ireland). In addition, in 2019 she received dual training in the field of Children’s Rights and, especially, about the situation of minor migrants without family references in Spain. With this, she was appointed Ambassador of Childhood by the Independent Council for the Protection of Children in November 2019, participating in an international project that included a stay in the North of Morocco to further the knowledge about the situation of youth with migration plans in the original context. She has participated in different International Congresses and her recent incorporation to the KideOn research team is allowing her to join new projects, that are in the application process, in the field of educational and social inclusion.