Irene Psifidou works for over 16 years as expert on education and training policies at European and international levels. She joined Cedefop in 2004, and has managed various research projects in the field of VET provision, youth at risk and low skilled adults. Leading Cedefop’s project on VET policies for social inclusion and labour market integration, Irene is the creator of Cedefop “VET toolkit for tackling early leaving” (www.cedefop.europa.eu/TEL-toolkit) and project manager of Cedefop related research within the Department of Learning and Employability. Before joining Cedefop, Irene worked as education consultant at the World Bank, Washington DC contributing to the development of the Bank’s new strategy on secondary education and managed education development and research projects in transitional Balkan countries.
Irene holds a PhD in Comparative Education Policy from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain and two M.Sc. diplomas - International Studies and Developmental Cooperation for the Alleviation of Poverty and Applied Linguistics from Spanish Universities. Irene has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals and international handbooks within the fields of curriculum policy, learning outcomes, teachers training, innovative pedagogies, key competences, and early school leaving.