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Professor Viv Ellis

Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development

About me

I joined King’s in 2016 and I am currently Chair of the Research Committee in ECS. I have worked at Brighton, Southampton and Brunel universities and, from 2002 to 2013, in the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University, where I co-convened the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research. Before working in universities, I was a schoolteacher.


  • Teacher education and development;
  • Cultural-historical activity theory and practice-developing research; 
  • English as a subject across educational settings – with a particular interest in Composition and Rhetoric
  • Comparative studies of education - specifically related to teaching, teacher education and academic leadership

My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the British Academy; the Higher Education Academy; and the Society for Educational Studies.

My most recent book (with Jane McNicholl) is Transforming Teacher Education: Reconfiguring the Academic Work .

For further information please see my Research Staff Profile  


I contribute to the MA Education Management, the MA in International Education and Multi-Academy Trust Senior Leadership courses run in association with the School of Management and Business. I supervise students on the MPhil/PhD programme.


I am a Professor II at Hogskølen I Bergen in Norway and a Visiting Researcher at Teachers’ College, Columbia University in New York, where I work on a project funded by the TC Transformation Initiative.

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