A number of publications that are central to the work and mission of the centre.


  • Säfström Carl-Anders and Biesta, G. (eds) (2023) The new publicness of education: Democratic possibilities after the critique of neo-liberalism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 
  • Todd, S. (2023). The Touch of the Present: Educational Encounters, Aesthetics and the Politics of the Senses. Suny Press.
  • Biesta, G.J.J. (2019). Obstinate education: Reconnecting school and society. Leiden: Brill | Sense.
  • Biesta, G.J.J., De Bie, M. & Wildemeersch, D. (Eds)(2013). Civic learning, democratic citizenship and the public sphere. Dordrecht/Boston: Springer Science+Business Media. ISBN 978-94-007-7258-8 (hardcover) ISBN 978-94-007-7259-5 (e-book)
  • Biesta, G.J.J. (2011). Learning democracy in school and society: Education, lifelong learning and the politics of citizenship. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Säfström, C.A. (2020). A Pedagogy of equality in a time of unrest. Strategies for an ambiguous future. New York: Routledge (September) 


  • Biesta, G.J.J. & Cowell, G. (Eds)(2016). Cities, citizenship and civic learning: Reconfiguring public relations. Policy Futures in Education 14(4).
  • Simons, M. & Biesta, G.J.J. (eds) (2009). Higher Education and Citizenship in Europe: On the Public Role of the University. European Educational Research Journal 28(2): 142-255. 


  • Biesta, G.J.J. (2012). Becoming Public: Public Pedagogy, Citizenship and the Public Sphere. Social and Cultural Geography 13(7), 683-697.
  • Biesta, G.J.J., Kwiek, N., Locke, G., Martins, H., Masschelein, J., Simons, M. & Zgaga, P. (2009). What is the public role of the university? A proposal for a public research agenda. European Educational Research Journal 8(2): 250-255.
  • Säfström, C.A. (2020). Are we living the end of democracy? A defence of the ‘free’ time of the university and school in an era of authoritarian capitalism. Conjectura: Filosofia E Educação, DOI:ê.1 
  •  Säfström, C.A. (2019). Paideia and the search for freedom in the educational formation of the public of today. Journal of Philosophy of Education. 53(4). 607-618. 18. Säfström, C.-A. & Månsson N. (2004). The Limits of Socialisation. Interchange, 35, (3), 353-364.
  • Säfström, C.-A. (2005). The European knowledge society and the diminishing state control of education: The case of Sweden. Journal of Education Policy, 20(5), 583-593.
  • Säfström, C.-A. & Månsson N. (2004). The limits of socialisation. Interchange, 35(3), 353-364.


  • Säfström, C.A., Mansson, N (2023) Swedish teacher education and the school. In R. de Oliveira Brito, A. Guilherme (Eds) Teacher Education Around the world. UNESCO
  • Biesta, G.J.J. (2018).   Flipping the system, but in which direction? Reclaiming education as a public concern. In D. Netolicky , J. Andrews &C. Paterson (Eds), Flip the system Australia. What matters in education. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Biesta, G.J.J. (2014). Making pedagogy public: For the public, of the public, or in the interest of publisness? In J. Burdick, J.A. Sandlin & M.P. O'Malley, M.P. (Eds), Problematizing public pedagogy (pp. 15-25). New York: Routledge
  • Biesta, G.J.J. (2012). Acts of public pedagogy: Notes on a forgotten art. In A. Ledesma (ed) Cities within your city: Situation art in public spaces (pp. 243-245) Groningen: Pavlov.
  • Säfström, C.A. (2014). When the wrong people speak: On bullying as a political problem for democratisation in schools. In: Biesta, G.J.J., De Bie, M. & Wildemeersch, D. (eds) (2014). Civil Learning, Democratic Citizenship and the Public Sphere, Dordrecht/Boston: Springer.
  • Säfström, C.A. (2013). Stop making sense! And hear the wrong people speak. In: Szkudlarek, T. (ed.) (2013). Education and the political. New theoretical articulations, Rotterdam/Boston/Tapei: Sense Publishers