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Professor Viv Ellis

Professor of Educational Leadership and Teacher Development

About me

I joined King’s in 2016 and currently hold the Chair in Educational Leadership and Teacher Development. 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 (OSAT). Before working in universities, I was a schoolteacher. I have held senior leadership roles in schools and universities and I led the creation of Education as a separate academic Department at Brunel University.

I am currently working with colleagues at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York on a joint strategic initiative to establish a Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED). You can read more about CITED here

Since 2017, I have also been working with colleagues at the Education Commission to develop the London and South East Teacher Residency (LSETR) – an innovative, community-engaged, teaching and leadership development programme across more than 110 schools in south-east London and Kent.



  • Teacher education and development;
  • Cultural-historical activity theory and practice-developing research; 
  • Comparative studies of education - specifically related to teaching, teacher education and academic leadership with a particular focus on the USA, the Nordic countries and China.

My research has been funded inter alia 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 . I am currently working on new books for Policy Press and Bloomsbury. With colleagues I also edit the ‘Reinventing Teacher Education’ research monograph for Bloomsbury.

For further information please see my Research Staff Profile



I teach and supervise on the MA Education, MA Education Management and the MA in International Education programmes and I also supervise PhD students, including ESRC-funded students through the LISS-DTP .



I am an honorary Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and a Professor II at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. From 2017 – 2020, I’m participating in the Advisory Panel on Teacher Education Reform for the Norwegian Ministry of Education (NOKUT). In 2018, I am also joining the international team undertaking a strategic review of the Faculty of Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2014, I was a member of the Education sub-panel for Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

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