In the last decade the GCE has gained momentum in the theoretical, academic and political debate. The “Global Education First Initiative” (GEFI), launched by the secretary of UN Ban Ki-moon in September 2012 set fostering global citizenship as one of the three the priorities, which is now reflected in the Education 2030 Agenda, target 4.7: “Education for sustainable development and global citizenship”.

DirectorMassimiliano Tarozzi

Staff:  Raffaella Faggioli (project officer)

QuVi Centre’s Team Members: Andrea Ceciliani , Luca Guizzardi, Massimo Giovanardi, Stefano Marino,  Elena Pacetti,  Monica Sassatelli, Ines Tolic , Alessandro Tolomelli  , Federica Zanetti ,

Marcella Terrusi

International Advisory Board:

Paola Berbeglia: Concord Italia

Douglas Bourn: UCL Institute of Education

Roberto Farnè:  University of Bologna

Marco Catarci: University Roma 3

Massimiliano Fiorucci:  University of Roma 3

Isabella Loiodice: University of Foggia

Alessia Mariotti: University of Bologna

Marcella Milana: University of Verona

Pierluigi Musarò :Director of ITACà

Milena Santerini: Catholic University of Milan

Lynette Schultz: University of Alberta

Namrata Sharma: Oswego State University of New York

Alessio Surian: University of Padova

Carlos Alberto Torres: UCLA, Paulo Freire Institute

Werner Wintersteiner:  Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.


The Centre builds on the UNESCO (2015) definition according to which GCE “refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasises political, economic, social and cultural interdependency and interconnectedness between the local, the national and the global”. Global Citizenship Education is therefore a multidisciplinary and plural field and, in consonance with the very epistemological nature of the Department of Life Quality Studies, is rooted in three main axes: 

  • Humanistic, based on the principles of common humanity, universality in diversity;
  • Environmental, based on the principles of sustainable development;
  • Political, based on the principles of social justice and equal rights.

It thus encompasses several themes, which summarize the future research lines of the Centre such as:  - Human right (children, gender, and culture rights) – Environment (sustainability, patterns of production and consumption, climate change, biodiversity) - Social and economic justice (poverty, health and well-being, inequality and discrimination, migrations) – Interculturality (identity, cultural diversity, world heritage, indigenous knowledge systems, peace).

Activities: -Facilitate exchange of academic staff and students as well as non-academic institutions- Carry out studies and empirical research, also applying for funding at national and European level- Organize conferences, seminars and workshops- Organize course and seminars for graduate and undergraduate students - Provide teacher training - Consulting institutions and political bodies - Organize master and host international students - Promote exchange with local authorities and NGOs

The Centre works in close cooperation with the following national, European and international bodies and organisations: 

- Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS)

- Bridge 47

- Concord Italia

- GENE  (Global Education Network Europe)

- ANGEL  (Rete accademica sull'istruzione e l'apprendimento globale)

UCL Institute of Education ,  London

- Sezione UNESCO sull'educazione alla cittadinanza globale

The IRC-GloCEd is partner of two national projects funded by the AICS (grants allocated for initiatives on GCE) where it is in charge of the impact assessment and evaluation of two projects:

  1. Giovani: nuovi narratori e attori della cooperazione allo sviluppo
  2. Le nostre città invisibili. Incontri e nuove narrazioni del mondo in città