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Call for Papers for What Works Hub for Global Education annual conference

Deadline: Extended to 14 June 2024

The What Works Hub for Global Education invites submissions for a paper to present, or express interest in attending, the 2024 Annual Conference. The inaugural 2024 Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September 2024, at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

The What Works Hub for Global Education is an international partnership studying how to implement education reforms at scale, with the ultimate goal of increasing literacy, numeracy and other key skills in low- and middle-income countries. The conference aims to convene leading academics, government stakeholders, implementation science experts, and representatives from grassroots organisations to discuss how to implement education reforms at scale.

This inaugural conference will feature a variety of invited sessions, ranging from presentations of prior and proposed research to policy-focused panel discussions. Confirmed speakers include: Rukmini Banerji (Pratham, CEO), Luis Benveniste (World Bank, Global Director, Education), Dean Karlan (Northwestern, Professor; IPA, Founder; USAID, Chief Economist), Dzingai Mutumbuka (former Minister of Education, Zimbabwe), Benjamin Piper (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Director, Global Education) and Judith Herbertson (FCDO, Head of Girls’ Education). The plan is to include several contributed sessions and the conference team welcome submissions of papers (or extended abstracts) in any area relating to education evidence translation and implementation science. Papers in the following areas are particularly welcome:

  • at-scale evaluation
  • adaptive testing and iteration on scalable models
  • implementation within government systems (including bureaucratic delivery and regulation)
  • generating and synthesizing evidence across contexts
  • evidence take-up and policymaker/practitioner decision-making

Submissions should arrive by Friday 14 June 2024. Please email your paper or extended abstract to

To foster interaction, all speakers at the conference are encouraged to attend in person. Online presentation will be possible but kept as an option for last-minute logistical challenges only. The What Works Hub for Global Education has a limited budget to assist with travel and accommodation expenses for speakers. Details will be provided in the confirmation email in late May.

Expressions of interest to attend the conference in person or online are welcome from now up to one week before the conference. Please register your interest here.