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Research on the Education and Learning of Adults

Series editors (on behalf of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults):


  • Emilio Lucio-Villegas (University of Seville, Spain)
  • Barbara Merrill (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Henning Salling Olesen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
  • Christina C. Vieira (University of Coimbra, Portugal)




‘Research on the Education and Learning of Adults’ aims at providing an in-depth insight on the diversity of current research on adult education in diverse teaching/learning contexts in both geographical and cultural terms in Europe. Research on adult education has been characterised by different intellectual traditions, theoretical and methodological approaches and which are still alive today in Europe from the north to the south and from the west to the east. This book series is edited by the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). The content of the series reflects the wide range of research activities undertaken by ESREA’s members and networks such as: access, learning careers and identities; active citizenship; the professional development of adult educators; working life; the history of adult education; gender; local development and adult learning; ethnicity; older learners; adult education policies and biographical research. This book series will appeal to an international audience as it engages with current and relevant empirical research, a range of theoretical perspectives and knowledge thus stimulating debate, discussion and knowledge dissemination in the field in a democratic and heterogeneous way.


The book series is published with SENSE PUBLISHER and are available through open access. This goes in line with ESREA strategy to create a stimulating debate, discussion and knowledge dissemination in the field in a democratic and heterogeneous way. You can access the published books by this link.


Current Call for Books (including proposal form) of the Series ‘Research on the education and learning of adults’.


The following books have been published so far:

Emilio Lucio-VillegasBarbara MerrillHenning Salling Olesen, und Cristina C. Vieira (Eds.) (2022)Remaking Communities and Adult Learning – Social and Community-based Learning, New Forms of Knowledge and Action for Change | Brill


Bainbridge, A., Formenti, L., West, L. (Eds.) (2021). Discourses, dialogue and diversity in Biographical research. An Ecology of Life and Learning (Vol. 10).


Grummell, B. & Finnegan, F. (Eds.) (2020). Doing Critical and Creative Research in Adult Education. Case Studies in Methodology and Theory (Vol. 9).


Salling Olesen, H. (Ed.) (2019). The Societal Unconscious. Psychosocial Perspectives on Adult Learning (Vol. 8).


Finnegan, F. & Grummell, B. (Eds.) (2019). Power and Possibility. Adult Education in a Diverse and Complex World (Vol. 7).


Merrill, B., Galimberti, A., Nizinska, A. & González-Monteagudo, J. (Eds.) (2018). Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers. Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World (Vol. 6). 


Evans, R., Kurantowicz, E. & Lucio-Villegas, E. (Eds.) (2015). Researching and Transforming Adult Learning and Communities: The Local/Global Context (Vol. 5). 


Bholinger, S., Haake, U., Helms Jørgensen, C., Toiviainen, H. & Wallo, A. (Eds.) (2015). Working and Learning in Times of Uncertainty: Challenges to Adult, Professional and Vocational Education (Vol. 4).


Ostrouch-Kaminska, J. & Vieira, C. (Eds.) (2015). Private world(s): Gender and informal learning of adults (Vol. 3).


Schmidt-Hertha, B., Jelenc Krasovec, S. & Formosa, M. (Eds.) (2014). Learning across generations in Europe: Contemporary issues in older adult education (Vol. 2).


Milana, M. & Holford, J. (Eds.) (2014). Adult Education Policy and the European Union: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives (Vol. 1).



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Fragoso, A. Kurantowicz, E. & Lucio-Villegas, E. (eds.) (2011) Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Development. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Bron, M. Jr., Guimarães, P. & Vieira de Castron, R. (eds.) The State, Civil Society and the Citizen: Exploring Relationships in the Field of Adult Education in Europe. Frankfurt Am Main: Peter Lang

Merrill, B. (ed.) (2009) Learning to Change? The Role of Identity and Learning Careers in Adult Education. Frankfurt Am Main: Peter Lang

Hake, B. & Laot, F (eds.) (2009) The Social Question and Adult Education: European Perspectives in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Frankfurt Am Main: Peter Lang

Joanna Ostrouch/Edmée Ollagnier (eds) (2008) Researching Gender in Adult Learning. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang

Linden West/Peter Alheit/ Anders Siig Andersen/Barbara Merrill (eds.) (2007) Using Biographical and Life History Approaches in the Study of Adult and Lifelong Learning: European Perspectives. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang

Wildemeersch, Danny/ Stroobants, Veerle/ Bron Jr., Michal (eds.) (2005) Active Citizenship and Multiple Identities: A learning outlook. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang