Alice Aldinucci




Research title: Life projects, aspirations and choices of young people in transition from a Technical and Vocational Upper Secondary School to post-compulsory education or work trajectories in Chile

Research Summary

My PhD research is a longitudinal study that draws on sociological, educational, economic and development theories and adopts exploratory and qualitative methodologies combined with policy analysis, and quantitative and qualitative secondary data analysis to explore aspirations and choices of disadvantaged secondary vocational students in transition to adulthood. The analysis encompasses issues of poverty and inequalities in educational transitions and education-to-employment transitions, exclusion mechanisms of neoliberal policy and practice and how these impact on youth's agency, aspirations and transitions to adulthood.


Georgina Rawle, Nicola Ruddle, Gunilla Pettersson Gelander, Johanna Wallin,
Michele Binci, Paul Jasper, Jana Harb, Madhumitha Hebbar, Jean Davis, Alice Aldinucci, EQUIP-Tanzania Impact Evaluation. Midline Technical Report: Results and DiscussionsMar 2017, Oxford Policy Management.


Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Fellowship (2017-2021)


*BAICE Student Conference, University of Glasgow, UK, June 2018 (organised, chaired and presented);

*BAICE, University of York, UK, September 2018;

*BAICE Student Conference, Open University, UK, June 2019 (organised and chaired);

*GLOBED, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, September 2019;

*BSA (British Sociological Association), Bourdieu Study Group Conference (cancelled due to COVID-19), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, July 2020;

*ECER 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19), University of Glasgow, August 2020;

*IV Forum ISA (International Sociological Association), Porto Alegre, Brazil (online), February 2021;

*Centre for Social Sciences webinar, University of Glasgow, March 2021;

*BSA, University of Manchester, UK (online), forthcoming April 2021;

*Education Leadership and Policy (ELP) Research and Teaching Group (RTG) webinar, University of Glasgow, forthcoming June 2021;

*ECER 2021, Geneva (online), forthcoming September 2021.



Graduate Teaching Assistant- MA Course International Education and Development (Spring terms 2018-2019)

Additional Information

I am a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Glasgow, School of Education, College of Social Sciences. I earned my BA summa cum laude in Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (University of Siena, Italy) where I was awarded the Erasmus grant and spent a year at the University of Sussex (UK). I hold an MA summa cum laude in Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation (University of Milan, Italy) which I completed with an empirical research thesis on issues related to the participation in Higher Education of youth from indigenous communities in Peru. I also hold an MA with distinction in International Education and Development (University of Sussex) where I was awarded the Centre for International Education prize for the best overall performace in the MAIED cohort 2014/2015. My MA thesis was an empirical research on Inclusive Education in Nepal (working paper). 

At the University of Glasgow, I have been a teaching assistant for graduate classes on Education and International Development and research assistant in the project TVETChile. During my firts two years of PhD, I have also been the Student Representative of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (Nov. 2017-Nov 2019).

Prior to the PhD, I have gained professional and research experiences working on a range of education and international development issues including inequalities of opportunities; girls education; inclusive education; community development; youth development and livelihoods; arts-based pedagogies; early childhood development; and engaging with projects' beneficiaries, aid practitioners, academics, consultants, donors and policy makers. I have lived and worked in Italy, the UK, Peru, El Salvador, Nepal, Tanzania, Chile.

Advocate for critical approaches to education and international development policy and practice. Strongly interested in working 'in the field' with (hard-to-reach)communities and civil societies, combining research with actions to produce evidence-based solutions to educational and social inequalities and their impacts on communities and youth mobility, development, livelihoods. I am also very interested in social protection policies and practices in humanitarian contexts; education in emergencies and post-conflicts; community-based knowledge production; and youth movements in conflict-affected contexts and peacebuilding processes.