Cosmin Nada

A Senior Researcher at PPMI, Cosmin has a PhD in Education and more than seven years of experience in the field of educational research. Cosmin has an international and interdisciplinary trajectory, having studied in Romania, Portugal and the UK. He also lived in Belgium, where he completed a Blue Book traineeship at the European Commission, in DG EAC. Besides his research experience, Cosmin has also been a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, at the University of Porto, where he designed and taught a course on diversity in education.


Key areas of expertise

  • Research areas: migration and education, diversity and inclusion in education, early school leaving, educational policies, higher education, multicultural learning.
  • Research methods: in-depth interviews, the biographical method, narrative analysis.  



  • PhD in Educational Sciences (European degree), University of Porto, 2017
  • Master’s in Educational Sciences, University of Porto, 2012
  • Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences, University of Bucharest, 2010
  • Bachelor’s in International Relations and European Studies, University of Spiru Haret (Bucharest), 2009


Selected projects

Network of experts on social aspects of education and training – NESET (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2019-2021)

Pilot study on educational innovation around nature-based solutions (European Commission, DG for Research and Innovation, 2020 – ongoing)

Study on educational toolkits for fighting gender stereotypes based on the example of the transport sector (European Comission, DG MOVE, 2020 – on-going)

SIRIUS: Policy Network on Migrant Education (funded by Open Society Foundations, co-funded by the European Commission; Member of the Steering Committee)



Ploner, J., and Nada, C. I. (2019) International student migration and the postcolonial heritage of European higher education: perspectives from Portugal and the UK. Higher Education. Advance online publication.

Nada, C. I., and Araújo, H. C. (2019) ‘When you welcome students without borders, you need a mentality without borders’. Internationalisation of Higher Education: evidence from Portugal. Studies in Higher Education. 44(9), 1591-1604.

Montgomery, C., & Nada, C. I. (2019) International Students in the United Kingdom and the European Union: Fluid Contexts and Identities in a Changing Europe. In CindyAnn Rose-Redwood & Reuben Rose-Redwood (Eds.), International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience, 67-82. Rowman & Littlefield.

Nada, C. I., Santos, S. A., Macedo, E., & Araújo, H. C. (2018). Can mainstream and alternative education learn from each other? An analysis of measures against school dropout and early school leaving in Portugal. Educational Review. Advance online publication.

Nada, C. I., and Araújo, H. C. (2018) Migration and education: A narrative approach to the experience of foreign students in Portugal. London Review of Education, 16(2), 308-324.

Nada, C. I., Montgomery, C., & Araújo, H. C. (2018). ‘You went to Europe and returned different’ – Transformative learning experiences of international students in Portugal. European Educational Research Journal. 17(5), 696-713.

Nada, C. I., & Araújo, H. C. (2017). The multicultural experience of international students in Portugal: A narrative approach. Journal for Multicultural Education, 11(3), 176-188.

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