Jenny Ozga, professor emeritus of Oxford University, was one of the founders of network 23, Policy Studies and Politics of Education. She was one of the researchers proposing the network in 2001 and after the network had been approved she served for the first years as one of the three network coordinators.
Jenny Ozga’s main research area is education policy in international comparative contexts. She has focused especially on new forms of governance through the use of new policy technologies such as quantitative data. In pursuing this line of research she has collaborated with colleagues in the UK and Europe to develop theory and empirical investigation. The results of this research have been published in recognized books and articles, but much of it has also been presented and discussed in paper sessions and symposia at ECER conferences. It also informed the keynote on ‘Governing Knowledge: Research Steering and Research Quality’ that she gave at the 2007 ECER in Ghent.
Jenny Ozga was Professor of Sociology of Education in the Oxford University Department of Education from 2010-2015. Before that she was Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and she has earlier worked in the other universities. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds an honorary doctorate from Turku University, Finland.
Jenny Ozga has continued to have a strong presence in network 23 and has also contributed to network 28, Sociologies of education. In research and discussion she eminently represents the qualities of educational research based on strong theoretical and empirical foundations as well as on critical questioning of dominant assumptions and practices.