Nordic Studies in Education publishes articles, information and debate on subjects within, and of relevance for, education in the Nordic countries. The journal accepts contributions written in the Scandinavian languages and in English. Nordic Studies in Education is published in collaboration with Nordic Educational Research Association, and its target audiences are researchers, educators at different levels, and readers with a general interest in the field of education. The journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Bullying from a pedagogical perspective.

There are many different definitions of bullying in the scientific literature, and debates about what bullying is and how it could be prevented are still going on. However, there are many different factors, which affect this phenomenon. Therefore, bullying is often analyzed from different perspectives, such as psychological, sociological and anthropological perspectives. Despite of all these perspectives, the pedagogical perspective has not been largely examined, neither in the public debates nor in the research. It is important to stress that bullying in school is a complex phenomenon, which requires a broad focus on different systematic factors, including the pedagogical perspective. For example, the pedagogical perspective might focus on school factors, individual factors, learning environment, peer relations, teacher-pupil relations, etc. For these reasons, Nordic Studies in Education is seeking manuscripts for a Special Issue that aims at presenting a comprehensive account of the role and impact of pedagogy in relation to bullying. The Special Issue is going to be published in volume 38, 2/2018.

Special Issue Editors:

Professor Robert Thornberg, Linköping University

Associate Professor Dziuginta Baraldsnes, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Submission guidelines:

All manuscripts submitted to the Nordic Studies in Education should be sent as an attachment to Please indicate that the submission is for the Special Issue on Bullying from a Pedagogical Perspective. Please see our Guide for Authors for information on manuscript submission:

Important deadlines:

Deadline for submission manuscripts: 15 December, 2017

Deadline for review: 15 February, 2018

Deadline for resubmission: 15 March, 2018

Publication: Vol 38, 4/2018


Herner Saeverot (Editor-in-Chief), Robert Thornberg (Special Issue Editor) and Dziuginta Baraldsnes (Editorial Assistant)


If you intend to apply for the NERA slot for symposium for NERA networks at the AERA conference in New York (April 13 – 17th 2018), it is time to let the board know. Due date for applications is May 15th, 2017. The NERA board will draw lot among the applicants and announce the result before June 16th.  Read more in the policy papers of NERA. Application should be directed to President Anna Slotte.

Support to NERA networks 2017

The board of NERA will in accordance with economic means support network activities. There is 50 000 NOK in the 2017-budget for support to networks. Support will only be given to network activities between the congress, particularly activities for PhD-students and other network activities and symposia in connection with pre- or post-NERA network congress. The applications must be submitted by the convener of the network to the chair of the NERA board, Anna Slotte, by August 1st, 2017. For more information see Application for NERA network support.

Ahlström Award 2017

The Ahlström Award 2017 was given to the article Educational leadership for sustained multi-level school development in Finland. A non-affirmative approach, Nordic Studies in Education, vol. 36, 2/2016
by Michael Uljens, Rolf Sundqvist & Ann-Sofie Smeds-Nylund.

Read more about the award and listen to the interview with Michael Uljens concerning the award.