Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC) Programme


About ERICC

ERICC LogoEducation Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC) is a three-year Education in Emergencies (EiE) research program funded by the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Countries in focus include Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar), Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Sudan and Syria, and the program is comprised of four main components:

  1. Research on the most effective approaches to education in conflict and protracted crisis
  2. In-Country Operational Support
  3. Promoting research uptake across FCDO and the international community
  4. Knowledge Systems Strengthening

BA logoINEE logoERICC components 1 & 2 are led by the ERICC Research Programme Consortium (RPC), who coordinate closely with INEE as the lead for ERICC component 3 and the British Academy as the lead for ERICC component 4. Officially joining the ERICC program in February 2024, INEE leads on strengthening Education in Emergencies evidence dissemination and uptake for the ERICC Program, Consortium and wider evidence ecosystem.


ERICC approach to research

The ERICC Research Programme Consortium (RPC) is a global research and learning partnership that strives to transform education policy and practice in conflict and protracted crisis around the world — ultimately to help improve holistic outcomes for children — through building a global hub for rigorous, context-relevant and actionable evidence base. 

ERICC RPC seeks to identify the most effective approaches for improving access, quality, and continuity of education to support sustainable and coherent education systems and holistic learning and development of children in conflict and crisis. ERICC aims to bridge research, practice, and policy with accessible and actionable knowledge, at local, national, regional and global levels, through co-construction of research and collaborative partnerships.

The ERICC RPC is led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in collaboration with IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, and expert partners include The Centre for Lebanese Studies, Common Heritage Foundation, Forcier Consulting, ODI, Osman Consulting, Oxford Policy Management and Queen Rania Foundation. During ERICC’s inception period, NYU-TIES provided research leadership, developed the original ERICC Conceptual Framework and contributed to early research agenda development. 

ERICC RPC is committed to four primary principles for conducting rigorous research:

  • Having developed and using ERICC Conceptual Framework to conduct systematic evidence reviews, evidence building and evidence based decision-making
  • Developing contextual understandings of the Political Economy of Education of different conflict and crises settings
  • A co-constructive approach to building research agendas through stakeholder engagement from the start for evidence use and evidence uptake
  • Applying a research methods framework to build evidence in a systematic and rigorous way
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ERICC Publications

At the end of ERICC’s inception year in 2022, the RPC published the ERICC Inception Report in March 2023. The report provides an overview of the consortium, the ERICC theory of change, the ERICC Conceptual Framework, process for developing country research agendas and much more. 

Read the ERICC Conceptual Framework developed by NYU Global TIES for Children during the Inception Period, and interact with the ERICC Conceptual Framework - interactive version

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, ERICC developed a policy brief, Preventing a Lost Generation in Ukraine: Recommendations for Supporting Education in Emergency Humanitarian Response.

Upon conducting systematic evidence reviews on the state of education in settings of conflict and protracted crisis, the RPC has found there is little to no evidence of ‘what works’ and even fewer studies with analysis at policy-systems level. Through the stakeholder consultation and co-creation process — at local, national and global levels — RPC is identifying key gaps and prioritizing critical issues with end-user stakeholders for improving access, quality and continuity of education in conflict and protracted crisis settings — and for improving coherence within education systems — ultimately for improving holistic outcomes for children. 

Below are the latest ERICC publications, including Evidence Reviews, Data Systems Reviews, Political Economy Analyses and co-constructed Research Agendas:


ERICC Leadership

ERICC Research Programme Consortium Leadership

  • Tejendra Pherali, ERICC co-Research Director (UCL)
  • Silvia Diazgranados Ferráns, ERICC co-Research Director (IRC)
  • Marie-France Guimond, ERICC Programme Director (IRC)
  • Oladele Akogun, ERICC Research Director - Nigeria & South Sudan (IRC) 
  • Robert Palmer, ERICC Research Director - Jordan (QRF)
  • Htet Thiha Zaw, ERICC Research Director - Bangladesh & Myanmar (IRC)
  • Cathrine Brun, ERICC Research Director - Lebanon (CLS)
  • Rabie Nasser, ERICC Research Director - Syria (OC)
  • Tim Kelsall, ERICC Senior Policy Lead (ODI)
  • Maku Obuobi, ERICC Deputy Director & Fund Manager (IRC)

ERICC Technical & Advisory Board

  • Board Chair: Rebecca Telford, Education Section Chief, UNHCR
  • Board Vice Chair: Loise Gichuhi, Education Economist and EiE Expert, University of Nairobi
  • Larry Aber, Co-director, NYU Global TIES for Children
  • Modupe Adefeso-Olateju. Managing Director, TEP Centre
  • Friedrich Affolter, Global Education Cluster Co-Coordinator
  • Michelle Brown, Global Education Cluster Co-Coordinator
  • Thomas Dreesen, Education Research Manager, UNICEF Innocenti
  • Sarah Dryden Peterson, Associate Professor, Director, REACH, Harvard University
  • Emma Gremley, Senior Director, Education Technical Unit, IRC
  • Ashley Henderson, Division Lead, Crisis, Conflict, Equity, and Inclusion, USAID Center for Education 
  • Sarah Kabay, Education Program Director, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Joa Keis, Education in Emergencies lead, Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 
  • Graham Lang, Chief of Education, Education Cannot Wait
  • Leonard Wantchekon, Professor, Princeton University

For more information on ERICC, reach out to the ERICC Policy and Communications Advisor, Ariana Youn at ariana.youn@rescue.org