International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning: Call for reviewers

IRE Special Issue - Adult Literacy, Local Languages and Lifelong Learning in Rural African Contexts
  • Date: 15 February 2022 to 30 June 2022
  • Where: Hamburg (Germany)

The International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) is seeking to expand its roster of regular reviewers.

IRE is the longest-running international and comparative education journal in the world. Founded in 1931, the journal is inextricably linked with the history of the field. Since 1955, it has been under the aegis of UNESCO. The editorial team is located in the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), and its work is supervised by an international editorial board. While independent, IRE is aligned with the mandate of UNESCO to promote international collaboration and peace.

IRE publishes empirical, theoretical/conceptual and policy-related articles from a variety of disciplinary orientations related to lifelong learning, with a focus on adult and non-formal learning and education. It is a hybrid journal, which aims to publish the best scholarship from around the world, while also influencing the development of policy and practice in the field of lifelong learning through evidence-based research. Although the journal publishes articles on a broad range of relevant topics, it has sought in recent years to stimulate contributions on the following areas:

  • Education for sustainable development and environmental education;
  • Citizenship education, including global citizenship education;
  • Education for migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons;
  • Obstacles to lifelong learning, such as educational inequality and gender;
  • The future of lifelong learning;
  • The global governance of education.

 The journal relies on the work and commitment of its reviewers who provide essential expertise and feedback to our community of scholars. As we are looking to expand our pool of reviewers, we would like to invite emerging and established scholars who work in the broad area of international education and/or lifelong learning from a range of disciplinary perspectives to send us their statements of interest.

Given IRE’s strong representation of researchers and scholar-practitioners from the Global South, we encourage scholars from diverse geographic regions and underrepresented groups to get involved. Serving as a reviewer for IRE involves reviewing 2–4 manuscripts per year. We hope to attract scholars who are interested in engaging more closely with the work of the journal and in supporting its valuable contribution to the global community of education scholarship, with the prospect of joining our pool of consulting editors and/or editorial board.

If you are interested, please send your statement of interest (including a list of the main areas in which you would be interested in reviewing) and your CV to Executive Editor Paul Stanistreet: p.stanistreet@unesco.org.


  • Language of event: English

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