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. Most of her work relates to education, but her prior experiences also covered policy areas such as law/human rights, employment and migration. 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:

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)

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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