Inclusive Systems in Education and Society (Early school leaving; Access to higher education and lifelong learning; Bullying and aggression; Parental involvement and family support; Mental health and wellbeing; Voices of children and young people, especially marginalised groups and ethnic minorities; Evaluation frameworks based on structural indicators; Multidisciplinary teams in schools, cross-sectoral working; Community development and outreach approaches; International right to health and its interplay with education)
Conceptual Foundations of Inclusive Systems of Relation (Intersections between Phenomenology, Structuralism, Psychoanalytic and Analytic Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Poststructuralism)
Downes, P. (2014). Towards a Differentiated, Holistic and Systemic Approach to Parental Involvement in Europe for Early School Leaving Prevention. Policy Recommendations Report as Thematic Expert for the EU Urbact, PREVENT project involving 10 European City Municipalities.
Edwards, A., & Downes, P. (2013). Alliances for inclusion: Developing cross-sector synergies and inter-professional collaboration in and around education(Commissioned Research Report for EU Commission NESET (Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training). Foreword to report by Jan Truszczynski, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture.
Downes, P. (2011). Multi/Interdisciplinary teams for early school leaving prevention: Developing a European Strategy informed by international evidence and research (Research paper for NESET (Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training) to inform European Commission 2012 Communication on Education and Inequality.).
Downes, P. (2014, September). Keynote presentation, Developing inclusivesystems across Education, Health and Social sectors for early school leaving prevention. Working Group on the Quality of Childhood at the European Parliament (QoC), 48th Session (Established 2006). http://www.allianceforchildhood.eu/the-sessions-held-by-the-working-group-on-the-quality-of-childhood-at-the-european-parliament.
Downes, P. (2014). Access to Education in Europe: A Framework and Agenda for System Change. Lifelong Learning Book Series, Series Editors: Aspin, David N., Chapman, Judith D. Dordrecht, Springer Verlag. Foreword by Sue Waddington, President, European Adult Education Association (EAEA) (2008-2013)
Downes, P. (2013). Keynote opening presentation, A holistic approach to early school leaving prevention in Europe: Key strategic priorities for system level development. European Network of Education Councils (EUNEC) conference on Early School Leaving, in conjunction with the European Commission and the Lithuanian Government (Ministry of Education and Science) in the context of its EU Presidency. Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), Vilnius, November 18, 2013.
Downes, P. (2012). The Primordial Dance: Diametric and Concentric Spaces in the Unconscious World. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang