Dr. Paul Downes is Associate Professor of Psychology of Education, Director of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University and Affiliate Professor University of Malta, Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health. With over 100 peer reviewed publications in areas of education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, anthropology and social policy, he has given keynote lectures and invited presentations in 29 countries. His contribution to international policy and practice includes invitations from 15 different countries’ official ministries to present his research on social inclusion in education, lifelong learning, social & emotional education and wellbeing. He has been involved in various expert advisory roles for the European Commission, including its School Policy Working Groups, and the European Education and Training Expert Panel to support the EU’s post-2020 Strategic Cooperation Framework for Education and Training and was a member of the Irish Senate and Parliament Expert Advisory Group on early school leaving. His latest books on relational space are, Reconstructing agency in developmental and educational psychology: Inclusive Systems as Concentric Space. New York/New Delhi: Routledge (2020) and Concentric Space as a Life Principle Beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur: Inclusion of the Other. New York/London/New Delhi: Routledge (2020).