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Prof Mathias Urban

Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education

Name: Prof Mathias Urban
Department: Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education
Role: Academic Staff
Secondary Work Area: ECRC
Secondary Role: Director
Phone Number: 01 884 2052
Email Address: mathias.urban@dcu.ie
Room: F335
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Mathias Urban, PhD, is Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education, and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre (ECRC) at Dublin City University, Ireland (DCU). He works on questions of policy related to diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in education and care systems for young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Before joining DCU Mathias held the position of Froebel Professor of Early Childhood Studies and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom.

Mathias is Honorary Professor at the University of Roehampton, London, UK, Professor II at the University of Stavanger, Norway, Visiting Professor at the Nacional University of Colombia and at Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia, at Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Affiliate Professor and Fellow at EDPolicyFORWARD: The Center for Educational Policy at George Mason University, VA, USA.

Mathias has 20 years experience in designing and leading international collaborative research projects. He has a well-established track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals; his work has been classified as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the context of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) of the United Kingdom.
In 2018, Mathias was awarded the ‘Marianne Bloch Distinguished Career Award’ by the international Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education network.

From 2010 to 2011 he coordinated the European CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care). His current and recent projects include collaborative studies on early childhood systems and governance in Europe and Latin America, studies on Privatisation and on the impact of Assessment Regimes, and an 11-country project on Governance and Leadership for Competent Systems in Early Childhood.

Mathias is the lead author of the 2018 (Argentina), 2019 (Japan) and 2020 (Saudi Arabia) G20/T20 early childhood development, education and care policy briefs, and a member of the European Commission expert working group on Early Childhood Education and Care.
Mathias is Chair of the DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training) and was President of the International Froebel Society (IFS) from 2016-2019.

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