- Professor of education at the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht (the Netherlands).
- Professor of education at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht (since 2002), in particular in the area of sense giving and humanity and on humanist ethical education (HVO).
- From 1979 till May 2015 he was working at the Graduate School of Teaching and Learning of the University of Amsterdam (1979 – May 2015), recently as associate professor.
- Programme-chair and chair of the AERA SIG Moral Development and Education and is now the chair of Awards Committee of this SIG.
- President of the Division Education and Society of the Dutch Educational Research Association (VOR)
- Member of the general board of the Dutch Educational Research Association
- Founder and former President of the EARLI SIG Moral and Democratic Education
- He is coordinating several international academic networks: The network ‘Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship (EDIC), funded by the European Erasmus Programme, in which eight European universities work together in education and research; and International Networks for Democratic Education (INDE) in which worldwide ten school- university networks work together.
- He has received research grants of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); The Ministries of Education, Law and Social Affairs; the National Pedagogical Centres, The National Curriculum Development Institute, etc.
- Associate editor of the Journal of Moral Education and member of the editorial boards of the journals Compare, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Pedagogiek, Akademeia, ECCOS, Revista Lusofona Educacao.
- In the Netherlands he is scientific advisor for citizenship and citizenship education of the Dutch Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO), the National Pedagogical Centre (LPC) and the Organisation of Public Schools (VOO)
- Member of the expert group of indicators for citizenship and citizenship education of the European Commission
- Member of the International programme advisory board of the IEA study on citizenship education (ICCS)
- In 2015 he received of the Association of Moral Education the Kuhmerker Career Award for his contribution to the research on moral and citizenship education.
- He has been invited as speaker in academic conferences and universities in most countries of Europe, in many conferences in the USA, and in academic conferences and universities in Africa, Latin America and Asia. He was a visiting professor in 12 universities worldwide.
- He studied developmental psychology at the University of Amsterdam.
Teaching and Research Interests
- Citizenship education, moral development, teachers’ pedagogical professionalism,
- Educational change, networking between educational institutions, identity and citizenship development, youth studies and youth subcultures.
- He has been supervising major research projects and Ph. D studies in the areas of moral development, citizenship education, multicultural education, educational change, cooperation of educational institutes, and youth development.
- He has done several evaluation and review studies on research of citizenship education, active participation of citizens, and local citizenship for the Dutch Council of Scientific Research (1999; 2003; 2008) and the Dutch Government (2004; 2011).
- He recently participated in several EU funded projects:
- ‘Active Citizenship in the European Union’ led by the University of London/Southampton (Dr. Hoskins) (2011-2012).
- In the ALFA programme the project RIAIPE3 about universities and society in Europe and Latin America (2011-2013), coordinated by University of Lusofino Lisbon (2011-2013)
- The FP7 project Parrise on science and society, coordinated by Utrecht University (2014- 2017).
- He is editor and founder of the bookseries ‘Moral Development and Citizenship Education’ of SensePublishers.
- He has published more than 60 articles in peer reviewed international academic journals.
- His recent books in English are ‘Teaching in Moral and Democratic Education’ (Peter Lang, 2003), ‘Network Learning for Educational Change’ (Open University Press, 2005), ‘Getting Involved. Global Citizenship Development and Sources of Moral Values’ (SensePublishers, 2008). ‘Education and Humanism’ (SensePublishers, 2011).