Don't Forget: Less Than Three Weeks Left to Submit to the RISE Annual Conference 2021!

The RISE Annual Conference is seeking paper submissions by 25 June on topics relating to systems thinking in education.


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Lillie Kilburn

RISE Directorate

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

About the conference

The 2021 RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education) Annual Conference, to take place 22-24 September 2021, will cover a range of themes under the broad umbrella of education systems thinking. It will draw on research undertaken in RISE countries—Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam. In addition, we are issuing an open call for papers from researchers working on these and any other developing countries.

The conference will be live-streamed via our main event hub at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. We hope to identify other regional hubs where our colleagues can gather to participate in the conference. Virtual participants will be able to join via the Zoom platform. Presenters of the selected papers have the option to participate in the conference either in-person (should circumstances allow) or virtually. Further details will be released in July/August 2021.

How to submit

Submissions are invited in any area of research relating to education systems, including all themes at past RISE conferences. Papers touching on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Accountability versus autonomy
  • Management
  • Distributed authority
  • Instructional coherence and incoherence

For full details of this year's themes, see our Call for Papers page, or you can download a PDF version of the Call for Papers.

RISE is keen to solicit academic papers presenting original research on these topics from across the social science disciplines/methodologies. We also welcome submissions based on evidence constituting experiential reflections that will directly inform the discussion of these topics.

Full papers should be submitted by Friday, 25 June 2021 to Abstracts will be considered for inclusion.  Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than 23 July 2021.


Submit your paper

How to express your interest in attending

If you are interested in attending the conference either in person or virtually, you can fill in our online form.

Email correspondence regarding paper submission or participation in the conference can be directed to the RISE communications team (

For full details about the conference, including the plans for a potential hybrid event, see our conference webpage.


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