About

Viv Ellis currently holds the Chair in Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York where, with Professor Mariana Souto-Manning, he is leading the development of a joint (King’s College – Teachers College) Centre for Innovation in Teacher Development. (Or should that be a Center for …?)

Since 2011, he has been a Professor II at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) in Bergen and, from 2017 to 2020, he is a member of the Advisory Panel on Teacher Education Reform for the Norwegian government’s Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency (NOKUT), chaired by Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith.

Previously, Viv was Professor at Brunel University London where he successfully led the re-opening of the Department of Education. From 2002 to 2013, he was a Fellow of St Cross College and Co-Convenor of the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research (OSAT) at Oxford University and also a tenured faculty member in the Department of Educational Studies. He has undertaken a number of advisory and research consultancies for government agencies and universities in the UK and internationally and, for the Hong Kong University Grants Commission, was a member of the Education sub-panel for the 2014 HK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Before working in universities, Viv taught English and Drama in community comprehensive schools in the West Midlands and completed his PhD part-time at the University of London Institute of Education with the support of a Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Professionally, he has served as elected Vice Chair of the UK’s National Association for the Teaching of English and also as a Director of the Heathrow Aviation University Technical College (UTC). With Professor Joce Nuttall, Viv has been joint facilitator of the HVL-Australian Catholic University summer/winter school for doctoral students and early career researchers since 2015.

Viv’s research focuses on teacher education and development, with particular interests in cultural-historical activity theory and practice-developing research. His work has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the British Academy; the London Schools Excellence Fund; the Higher Education Academy; the Society for Educational Studies; and the Terrence Higgins Trust, amongst other organisations. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has written and co-edited books published by several international publishers including Bloomsbury, Routledge and Cambridge University Press.

‘This website is my personal-professional blog and the views expressed are entirely my own. Posts are usually categorised under the following headings: Publications (new books or articles, including those of friends and colleagues); Events (in which I am participating or have organised); Research (new projects or related information); Blog (*very* occasional rambles, diatribes, paeans, tributes, laments, wtfs, etc.). The Twitter account associated with this blog is used primarily as a WordPress tool and for research purposes; I am not an active participant in social media. Indeed, my pace of posting on this blog itself is intermittent. 

Key interests represented in the posts on the site are: teacher education and development (institutional structures, history, programme design, policy, politics and professional learning; cultural-historical and activity theory (ways of thinking about human development derived from Soviet psychology – Vygotsky & Co; western cultural psychology – Scribner, Cole & friends; and anthropology –  cognitive and otherwise); Language and literacy (across educational settings – with particular interests in the subject English, writing, reading and talk); and comparative studies of education (and specifically education policies related to teacher development, with a particular interest in the United States and the Nordic countries).’

Mercifully short bio statement can be downloaded here.