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Richard Desjardins

Richard Desjardins

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Los Angeles, California 90095-1521

Richard Desjardins


  • Ph.D, International and Comparative Education, Stockholm University, 2004
  • MA, Economics, Carleton University, 1999
  • BA Honors, Economics, Carleton University, 1998

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Reproductive and transformative processes associated with lifelong learning systems
  • Intergenerational and distributional effects of education and learning on economic and social outcomes
  • Governance and financing of lifelong learning systems
  • Dynamic and interactive effects of structure-agency relations in determining participation in lifelong learning

Select Publications

Desjardins, R., & Rubenson, K. (eds) (2013). Adult learning systems in comparative perspective, European Journal of Education, 48 (2), pp. 193-325.

Desjardins, R. (2013). The economics of adult education: A critical assessment of the state of adult education, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2013 (138), pp. 81-90.

Desjardins, R. (in press). Considerations of the impact of neoliberalism and alternative regimes on learnings and its outcomes: With an empirical example based on the level and distribution of adult learning, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 23 (2).

Rubenson, K., & Desjardins, R. (2009). The impact of welfare state regimes on barriers to participation in adult education: A bounded agency model, Adult Education Quarterly, 59 (3), pp. 187-207.

Desjardins, R., & Rubenson, K. (eds) (2009). Research of vs Research for Education Policy: In an Era of Transnational Education Policy-making. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag.

Desjardins, R. (2008). Researching the links between education and well being, European Journal of Education, 43 (1), pp. 23-36.