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Meet the SIRIUS team

Find out a little bit more about our dedicated team members

Coordination

  • Sarah Cooke O’Dowd

    Communications Manager

    Sarah is a Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Group. Working together with Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director on Migration and Integration, she  handles online and offline communications for the SIRIUS Network. Upon joining MPG, Sarah also worked as the Content Manager for the European Web Site on Integration. Sarah holds a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute for International Studies.

  • Berta Espona Barcons

    Project Manager

    BA in Pedagogy (UAB) and MA in Social Policy, Employment and Welfare (former Master on Applied Sociology Research – UAB). She currently works as research technician in Autonomous University of Barcelona, Department of Applied Pedagogy, as project manager of the SIRIUS European policy network. Experience in the field of spare time education, as monitor, coordinator and trainer. She worked as research technician, at the Department of Systematic and Social Pedagogy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in some projects related to the evaluation of continuous training. Training and experience in cooperation projects and interculturality.

  • Miquel Àngel Essomba

    General Coordinator

    Doctor in Education, I also have a Master in Psychology of Education and I am a postgraduate on Intercultural Education. I am currently professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Education at the University Autonomous of Barcelona, where I am also leading a research team within the Department of Applied Pedagogy, called ERDISC (Research on Diversity and Interculturality in Complex Societies).

Activity leaders

  • Jens Schneider

    Co-Leader on Involving the community in Education

    Jens Schneider is senior researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at the University of Osnabruck.

  • Sabine Severiens

    Leader on Improving Interactions in the Classroom

    Sabine Severiens is professor of Education at the Erasmus University Rotterdam as well as at the University of Amsterdam. The main theme in her scientific work is diversity and educational inequality, from the perspective of motivation, integration and the learning environment. Examples of research project include large-scale research projects on stimulating learning environments for ethnic minority students, school drop-out among ethnic minority students at primary school teacher-training college and a research project on talented urban students continuing from intermediate vocational school to universities of applied science.

  • Miquel Àngel Essomba

    Co-Leader on Implementing policies and networking

    Doctor in Education, I also have a Master in Psychology of Education and I am a postgraduate on Intercultural Education. I am currently professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Education at the University Autonomous of Barcelona, where I am also leading a research team within the Department of Applied Pedagogy, called ERDISC (Research on Diversity and Interculturality in Complex Societies).

  • Maurice Crul

    Co-Leader on Involving the community in Education

    Maurice Crul is a Professor at the Free University in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In the last fifteen years he mostly worked on the topic of education and children of immigrants, first within the Dutch context and in the last eight years in a comparative European and transatlantic context.

  • Claudia Koehler

    Co-Leader on Implementing policies and networking

    Claudia Koehler holds a degree in sociology at the University of Bamberg. She has been working as a researcher for the european forum for migration studies (efms), institute at the University of Bamberg, since 2008.

National partners

  • Jens Schneider

    Co-Leader on Involving the community in Education

    Jens Schneider is senior researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at the University of Osnabruck.

  • Sabine Severiens

    Leader on Improving Interactions in the Classroom

    Sabine Severiens is professor of Education at the Erasmus University Rotterdam as well as at the University of Amsterdam. The main theme in her scientific work is diversity and educational inequality, from the perspective of motivation, integration and the learning environment. Examples of research project include large-scale research projects on stimulating learning environments for ethnic minority students, school drop-out among ethnic minority students at primary school teacher-training college and a research project on talented urban students continuing from intermediate vocational school to universities of applied science.

  • Miquel Àngel Essomba

    Co-Leader on Implementing policies and networking

    Doctor in Education, I also have a Master in Psychology of Education and I am a postgraduate on Intercultural Education. I am currently professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Education at the University Autonomous of Barcelona, where I am also leading a research team within the Department of Applied Pedagogy, called ERDISC (Research on Diversity and Interculturality in Complex Societies).

  • Maurice Crul

    Co-Leader on Involving the community in Education

    Maurice Crul is a Professor at the Free University in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In the last fifteen years he mostly worked on the topic of education and children of immigrants, first within the Dutch context and in the last eight years in a comparative European and transatlantic context.

  • Claudia Koehler

    Co-Leader on Implementing policies and networking

    Claudia Koehler holds a degree in sociology at the University of Bamberg. She has been working as a researcher for the european forum for migration studies (efms), institute at the University of Bamberg, since 2008.