The Educational Improvement Special Interest Group (EI SIG) is a systematic and timely response by CIES members to the emerging, interdisciplinary field of Educational Improvement Science (or Studies) (EIS) since the turn of the 21st century.

The new EI SIG aims to bring together academics, policy actors and other professionals in the field of comparative and international education who are interested in improvemental studies, with the following missions: (a) initiating and demonstrating the value of educational improvement in international settings; (b) examining innovative pedagogies for educational improvement through interdisciplinary, multiperspectival approaches of inquiry; (c) pioneering and applying such pedagogies that weapon practitioners to become professional improvers for learning, teaching and/or education; (d) exploring and expanding methodologies for the studies of educational improvement; (e) forming and networking professional communities for shared future of educational improvement in the world; and (f) comparing educational improvement in various systems and contexts in terms of key desirable values elaborated earlier, such as the improvement of educational mission, equality, quality, diversity, character, and so on.


  • Axel Rivas, Universidad de San Andrés (Chair 2022-2024) (
  • Adam Barton, University of Cambridge, UK (Chair Elect-Program Chair 2022-2024)
  • Xi Wu, Soochow University (Secretary 2022-2024) (
  • Atiqa Marium, Western University, Canda (Secretary-Treasurer-Elect),


The CIES Special Interest Group (SIG) directory ( provides a complete list of the mission, officers, and work of our over 35 SIGs, which are sorted by region or topic.

You must be a member of CIES to join a SIG, which can be done any time during the year.

There are three ways to join a SIG:

  1. Online, any time of the year, when renewing your CIES membership including the SIG dues. Please go to,
  2. Online, when registering as a presenter for the CIES Conference, which requires CIES membership. A specific link will be available for each conference.
  3. By mail or phone. Please contact the Office of the Executive Director (OED) Membership Coordinator by email at,, or by phone during business hours at (412) 383-3945.