Mathias Urban

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Biography

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.

Books

  Year Publication
2016 Pathways to Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Vandenbroeck, M., Urban, M. & Peeters, J. (2016) Pathways to Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care. London: Routledge. [Details]
2012 Diversity and Equality in Early Childhood.
Murrray, C. & Urban, M. (2012) Diversity and Equality in Early Childhood. Dublin: Gill& Macmillan. [Details]
2011 Early Childhood grows up. Towards a critical ecology of the profession.
Miller, L., Dalli, C. & Urban, M. (2011) Early Childhood grows up. Towards a critical ecology of the profession. Dordrecht and London: Springer. [Details]
2010 Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care: international perspectives.
Urban, M. & Dalli, C. (2010) Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care: international perspectives. London: Routledge. [Details]
2010 Democracy and Experimentation: two fundamental values for education.
Moss, P. & Urban, M. (2010) Democracy and Experimentation: two fundamental values for education. Guetersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung. [Details]
2009 Early Childhood Education in Europe: Achievements, Challenges and Possibilities.
Urban, M. (2009) Early Childhood Education in Europe: Achievements, Challenges and Possibilities. Brussels: Education International – L’Internationale de L’Éducation. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 '(D)evaluation of early childhood education and care? A critique of the OECDs International Early Learning Study'
Urban, Mathias (2018) '(D)evaluation of early childhood education and care? A critique of the OECDs International Early Learning Study' In: Improving the Quality of Childhood in Europe Volume 8. Brussels: Alliance for Childhood. [Details]
2016 'Starting Wrong? The trouble with a debate that just won’t go away'
Urban, M. (2016) 'Starting Wrong? The trouble with a debate that just won’t go away' In: Critical Examinations of Quality. Regulation, Disqualification and Erasure. New York: Peter Lang. [Details]
2015 'Internationale samenwerking: onderlinge steun en solidariteit'
Urban, M. & Murray, C. (2015) 'Internationale samenwerking: onderlinge steun en solidariteit' In: Ruimte voor jong en oud. Professioneel omgang with diversiteit. Amsterdam: SWP. [Details]
2015 'A pedagogy based on critical consciousness and democratic values'
Urban, M. (2015) 'A pedagogy based on critical consciousness and democratic values' In: Tuscan Approach Learning for Early Childhood Education and Care. Activities, results and perspectives. Florence: Istituto degli Innocenti. [Details]
2015 'Starting wrong? A critical perspective on the latest permutation of the debate on the quality of early childhood provision'
Urban, M. (2015) 'Starting wrong? A critical perspective on the latest permutation of the debate on the quality of early childhood provision' In: Improving the Quality of Childhood in Europe (Vol. 5). Brussels: Alliance for Childhood European Network Foundation. [Details]
2014 'Learning from the Margins: Early Childhood Imaginaries, ‘Normal Science’, and the Case for a Radical Reconceptualisation of Research and Practice'
Urban, M. (2014) 'Learning from the Margins: Early Childhood Imaginaries, ‘Normal Science’, and the Case for a Radical Reconceptualisation of Research and Practice' In: Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education: Critical Questions, Diverse Imaginaries and Social Activism. New York: Peter Lang Publishers. [Details]
2013 'Professionalitaet und Kompetenz in der fruehkindlichen Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung: systemisch, politisch und dialogorientiert'
Urban, M. (2013) 'Professionalitaet und Kompetenz in der fruehkindlichen Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung: systemisch, politisch und dialogorientiert' In: VALIflex – les expériences. Personal mit niedriger Qualifizierung im non-formalen Bildungssystem. Luxembourg: Caritas. [Details]
2013 'Sistemas competentes en la educación de la primera infancia'
Urban, M. (2013) 'Sistemas competentes en la educación de la primera infancia' In: Primera infancia, lenguajes e inclusión social: una mirada desde la investigación. Bogotá: Universidad Santo Tomás. [Details]
2012 'A profession speaking - and thinking - for itself'
Urban, M., & Dalli, C. (2012) 'A profession speaking - and thinking - for itself' In: Early childhood grows up: towards a critical ecology of the profession. Dordrecht and London: Springer. [Details]
2010 'Conclusion: Towards new understandings of the early years' profession: the need for a critical ecology'
Urban, M. & Dalli, C. (2010) 'Conclusion: Towards new understandings of the early years' profession: the need for a critical ecology' In: Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care. International perspectives. London: Routledge. [Details]
2010 'Zones of Professional Development: arguments for reclaiming practice-based evidence in early childhood practice and research'
Urban, M. (2010) 'Zones of Professional Development: arguments for reclaiming practice-based evidence in early childhood practice and research' In: Early Childhood Programs as the Doorway to Social Cohesion: Application of Vygotsky's Ideas from an East-West Perspective. Newcastle-upon- Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. [Details]
2010 'Duurzame verandering: professioneel leren in een kritische leergemeenschap'
Urban, M. (2010) 'Duurzame verandering: professioneel leren in een kritische leergemeenschap' In: Permanent leren. Van zelfreflectie naar teamreflectie. Amsterdam: SWP. [Details]
2008 'Wissenschaftliche Begleitung in kommunalen Netzwerken'
Urban, M. (2008) 'Wissenschaftliche Begleitung in kommunalen Netzwerken' In: Kommunale Netzwerke für Kinder. Ein Handbuch zur Governance frühkindlicher Bildung. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung. [Details]
2008 'Critical Thinking in Forschung, Praxis und Politik: Der Joint European Master in Early Childhood Education and Care'
Urban, M. (2008) 'Critical Thinking in Forschung, Praxis und Politik: Der Joint European Master in Early Childhood Education and Care' In: Professionalisierung der Fruehpaedagogik. Opladen: Budrich. [Details]
2005 'Quality, Autonomy and the Profession'
Urban, M. (2005) 'Quality, Autonomy and the Profession' In: Questions of Quality - Proceedings of a Conference on Defining, Assessing and Supporting Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education. Dublin: Centre for Early Childhood Development & Education. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Editorial'
Urban, Mathias (2018) 'Editorial'. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 26 (3) [DOI] [Details]
2017 'We need meaningful, systematic evaluation, not a preschool PISA'
Urban, M. (2017) 'We need meaningful, systematic evaluation, not a preschool PISA'. Global Education Review, [Details]
2017 'Democratic accountability and contextualised systemic evaluation. A comment on the OECD initiative to launch an International Early Learning Study (IELS)'
Urban, M. & Swadener, B. (2017) 'Democratic accountability and contextualised systemic evaluation. A comment on the OECD initiative to launch an International Early Learning Study (IELS)'. International Critical Childhood Policy Studies, [Details]
2017 'The OECD’s International Early Learning Study: what happened next'
Moss, P., & Urban, M. (2017) 'The OECD’s International Early Learning Study: what happened next'. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, [Details]
2016 'At Sea: what direction for critical early childhood research?'
Urban, M. (2016) 'At Sea: what direction for critical early childhood research?'. Journal of Pedagogy, [Details]
2016 'At sea: What direction for critical early childhood research?'
Urban, M. (2016) 'At sea: What direction for critical early childhood research?'. Journal of Pedagogy, 7 (1):107-121 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Reimagining Quality in Early Childhood'
Jones, L., Urban, M., Osgood, J. & Holmes, R. (2016) 'Reimagining Quality in Early Childhood'. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, [Details]
2016 'Editorial'
Urban, M. (2016) 'Editorial'. Journal of Pedagogy, [Details]
2016 'Sufficiently well informed and seriously concerned? European Union policy responses to marginalisation, structural racism and institutionalised exclusion in early childhood'
Urban, M. (2016) 'Sufficiently well informed and seriously concerned? European Union policy responses to marginalisation, structural racism and institutionalised exclusion in early childhood'. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, [Details]
2016 'Resisting ‘normal science’ in educational research'
Urban, M. (2016) 'Resisting ‘normal science’ in educational research'. Journal of Pedagogy, [Details]
2015 'From ‘closing the gap’ to an ethics of affirmation. Reconceptualising the role of early childhood services in times of uncertainty'
Urban, M. (2015) 'From ‘closing the gap’ to an ethics of affirmation. Reconceptualising the role of early childhood services in times of uncertainty'. European Journal of Education, [Details]
2014 'Not solving problems, managing messes: competent systems in early childhood education and care'
Urban, M. (2014) 'Not solving problems, managing messes: competent systems in early childhood education and care'. Management in Education, [Details]
2014 'Eu(rope): (Re)assembling, (Re)casting, and (Re)aligning Lines of De- and Re-territorialisation of Early Childhood'
Jones, L., Osgood, J., Urban, M., Holmes, M. & MacLure, M. (2014) 'Eu(rope): (Re)assembling, (Re)casting, and (Re)aligning Lines of De- and Re-territorialisation of Early Childhood'. International Review of Qualitative Research, [Details]
2012 'Researching early childhood policy and practice: a critical ecology'
Urban, M. (2012) 'Researching early childhood policy and practice: a critical ecology'. European Journal of Education, [Details]
2012 'Editorial'
Urban, M. (2012) 'Editorial'. European Journal of Education, [Details]
2012 'Towards competent systems in early childhood education and care. Implications for policy and practice'
Urban, M., Vandenbroeck, M., Van Laere, K., Lazzari, A. & Peeters, J. (2012) 'Towards competent systems in early childhood education and care. Implications for policy and practice'. European Journal of Education, [Details]
2010 'Rethinking Professionalism in Early Childhood: untested feasibilities and critical ecologies'
Urban, M. (2010) 'Rethinking Professionalism in Early Childhood: untested feasibilities and critical ecologies'. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, [Details]
2008 'Dealing with uncertainty: challenges and possibilities for the early childhood profession'
Urban, M. (2008) 'Dealing with uncertainty: challenges and possibilities for the early childhood profession'. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, [Details]
2008 'Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care'
Urban, M. & Dalli, C. (2008) 'Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care'. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2007 'Strategies for Change: reflections from a systemic, comparative research project'
Urban, M. (2007) 'Strategies for Change: reflections from a systemic, comparative research project' A Decade of Reflection. Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland 1996 - 2006, . [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2017 Review of Occupational Role Profiles in Ireland in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Urban, M., Robson, S., & Scacchi, V. (2017) Review of Occupational Role Profiles in Ireland in Early Childhood Education and Care. Early Childhood Research Centre (ECRC), London. [Details]
2015 Privatisation in Early Childhood Education. An explorative study on impacts and implications.
Urban, M. & Rubiano, C. (2015) Privatisation in Early Childhood Education. An explorative study on impacts and implications. Education International, Brussels. [Details]
2011 Competence requirements in early childhood education and care. Research documents.
Urban, M., Vandenbroeck, M., Van Laere, K., Lazzari, A. & Peeters, J. (2011) Competence requirements in early childhood education and care. Research documents. European Commission, Brussels. [Details]
2011 Competence requirements in early childhood education and care. Final report.
Urban, M., Vandenbroeck, M., Van Laere, K., Lazzari, A. & Peeters, J. (2011) Competence requirements in early childhood education and care. Final report. European Commission, Brussels. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2015 Cui bono? The myth of the closing gap and the need for radical reconceptualisation of early childhood research.
Urban, M. (2015) Cui bono? The myth of the closing gap and the need for radical reconceptualisation of early childhood research. Blog [Details]

Online Article

  Year Publication
2015 A Competent System?.
Urban, M. (2015) A Competent System?. Online Article [Details]