Addey, Camilla C. (cca2126)

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Addey, Camilla
International & Transcultural Studies

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Biographical Information

Dr. Addey holds a PhD in Education and Lifelong Learning from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) and a Masters in Scientific Translating from La Sapienza University (Rome, Italy). Since 2013, she has been co-directing the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies which brings together experts from around the world involved in International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs) within international organizations, research organisations and universities, government bodies, private companies and the media. After completing her PhD studies in 2015, Dr Addey was awarded a prestigious research fellowship (Fritz Thyssen Foundation) at the Centre for Comparative and International Education at Humboldt University in Berlin, where she has lectured and carried out research on global education policy. Her current research focuses on the expansion of the OECD’s global education governance, the contextualization of global policy tools, and the involvement of the private sector in ILSAs. Before obtaining her PhD, Camilla worked at UNESCO on adult literacy and non-formal education.She works in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Addey’s expertise lies in global education governance, global education policy theory, and the sociology of quantification. Her areas of interest are ILSAs and alternative forms of learning measurement, the politics of international education indicators and learning metrics, international organizations, the recontextualization of global education policy ideas and tools in low and middle income contexts, the privatization of education, and non-formal education. She has carried out comparative and qualitative research in Laos, Mongolia, Ecuador and Paraguay. 

Selected Publications

• Addey, C. (2017). Golden relics & historical standards: how the OECD is expanding global education governance through PISA for Development. Critical Studies in Education.  DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2017.1352006
• Addey, C. and Sellar, S. (Forthcoming). Why do countries participate in PISA? Understanding the role of international large-scale assessments in global education policy. In A. Verger, M. Novelli and H. K. Altinyelken (Eds), Global Education Policy and International Development. London: Bloomsbury. Second Edition.
• Addey, C. (Forthcoming). The assessment culture of international organizations: from philosophical doubt to statistical certainty through the appearance and growth of international large-scale assessments. In C. Alarcón and M. Lawn (Eds), Pupil Assessment Cultures in historical perspective. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
• Addey, C., Sellar, S., Steiner-Khamsi, G., Lingard, B. and Verger, A. (2017). The rise of international large-scale assessments and rationales for participation. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. DOI 
• Addey, C. (2016). PISA for Development and the sacrifice of policy-relevant data. Educação & Sociedade. V. 37(136), p.685-706. Also published in Portuguese.
• Hamilton M., Maddox B., Addey, C. (Eds.) (2015). Literacy as Numbers: Researching the Politics and Practices of International Literacy Assessment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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