Loes van der Graaf

Loes joined PPMI in summer 2017, as junior researcher and advanced to the position of senior researcher/project manager in January 2021. She coordinates predominantly international development projects, for example through projects with UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, and ILO. Through her work, she has led research teams and data collection efforts in various African and Asian countries including interviews, surveys and focus groups. Most of her work relates to education and inclusion, but her prior experiences also covered policy areas such as law/human rights, employment, and migration.

Additionally, Loes has experience developing ethical research protocols for the safe involvement of vulnerable populations (e.g. children and persons vulnerable to radicalisation) in research activities. She represents PPMI on the Steering Committee of the SIRIUS Policy Network for Migrant Education, and she supports the coordination of the Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET).

Before joining PPMI, she worked for the EU Delegation in Tajikistan and a human rights NGO in Ukraine. Loes has an interdisciplinary academic background with degrees in law, history, and international relations.


Key areas of expertise:

  • Policy areas: Law, education, human rights, migration and gender equality
  • Research methods:  SPSS, desk research, legal analysis, ethical standards in research



  • LLM International and European Union Law, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2019
  • MA in Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy, University of Siena, Italy, 2015
  • LLB in Dutch Law, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013
  • BA in History, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013
  • Erasmus student, University of Vienna, Austria, 2012


Selected projects:

Diagnostic Study of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Georgia: Review of Access, Quality and Equity Issues and Related Challenges and Gaps for Strengthening this Level of Education (Georgian Ministry of Education, 2021)

Undertaking a deep dive analysis of policies, programmes, services, budgets, and mechanisms addressing child poverty and social exclusion in Lithuania (UNICEF, 2021)

Evaluation of UNESCO’s project on “Strengthening Multi-Partner Cooperation to Support Teacher Policy and Improve Learning” (UNESCO, 2021)

High-Level Evaluation on Promoting Fair and Effective Labour Migration Policies (ILO, 2021)

Feasibility study on a European Exchange Platform in Education (DG EAC, 2021)

Survey of teachers attitudes to teaching Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education (UNESCO, 2020)

Craftsmanship and skills for the future (European Training Foundation, 2020)

Education and youth in post-Covid-19 Europe - Crisis effects and policy recommendations (European Parliament, 2020)

Multi-country study on the role of teachers in ensuring safe and non-violent learning environments (UNESCO, 2019)

Services for developing a methodology and conducting a survey of young people in Central Asia (UNDP Kazakhstan, 2019)

Technical support to UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) for a situation analysis on children affected by migration in Central Asia (UNICEF ECARO, 2018)

Regional Conceptual and Programmatic Framework on Skills for Adolescents in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) (UNICEF ECARO, 2018)

Framework Partnership Agreement with a European policy network in the field of education of children and young people with a migrant background (DG EAC, 2018)

Study to design and carry out a nation-wide study on the profiles of children with low-learning levels (UNICEF Uzbekistan, 2018)

Evaluation of the ETF Torino Process (ETF, 2018)

Study to support impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive (Directive 91/533/EEC) (DG EMPL, 2017)

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