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Curriculum vitae

Annalisa Sannino works at the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) in the Faculty of Education at University of Helsinki, Finland. Currently on leave from her position as University Lecturer in Educational Sciences, she holds an Academy Research Fellowship (2012-2017) with a project focused on “The Emergence of Agency: Foundations for Educational Change from Below.” She holds Visiting Professor positions at University West, Sweden (2016-2017) and at Rhodes University, South Africa (2016-2019).

Significant past experiences include a post-doctoral Fulbright Fellowship in the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition and the Department of Communication at the University of California San Diego in 2002-2003. Also, from 2001 to 2008 she worked as researcher in psychology with a tenured full-time position in the Department of Education at the University of Salerno in Italy.

Description of research and teaching

Annalisa Sannino's research and teaching are primarily focused on understanding transformative agency as a dialectical process of mastering historical contradictions and related conflicts of motives. She has written on the relations between discourse and activity, on the interventionist nature of cultural-historical activity theory, and key epistemological principles characterizing formative interventions within this theoretical framework. More specifically, in her recent work she has developed foundations for an intervention methodology based on the principle of double stimulation and on the principle of ascending from the abstract to the concrete. Her work demonstrates how transformative agency can be discursively identified, supported and enhanced within communities, educational and work activities. 

Beside her numerous refereed journal articles, she is the leading editor of the volume Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory (co-edited with Harry Daniels and Kris Gutierrez) by Cambridge University Press and Learning and Collective Creativity (co-edited with Viv Ellis) by Routledge.

Education information

She completed her PhD in Psychology in 2000 at the University of Nancy in France. 

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • cultural-historical activity theory
  • formative interventions
  • discourse
  • double stimulation
  • agency

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1998 2018

Defensive and Expansive Cycles of Learning: A Study of Home Care Encounters

Nummijoki, J., Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A., 2018, In : Journal of the Learning Sciences. 27, 2, p. 224-264 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Formative Interventions for Expansive Learning and Transformative Agency: [Reprint]

Sannino, A., Engeström, Y. & Lemos, M., 2018, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory Approaches to Design-Based Research. Cole, M., Penuel, W. R. & O'Neill, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 113-147 35 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Knowledge on the move: Expansive learning among mobile workers

Francisco, R., Klein, A. Z., Engeström, Y. & Sannino, A., 2018, Online Collaboration and Communication in Contemporary Organizations. Kolbaek, D. (ed.). IGI Global, p. 179-200 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Co-generation of societally impactful knowledge in Change Laboratories

Sannino, A. & Engeström, Y. H. M., Feb 2017, In : Management Learning. 48, 1, p. 80-96 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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On the power of the object: History-making through skilled performance in wooden boat building

Vetoshkina, L., Engeström, Y. H. M. & Sannino, A., 2017, Skillful performance: Enacting expertise, competence and capabilities in organizations. Sandberg, J., Rouleau, L., Langley, A. & Tsoukas, H. (eds.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 73-102 30 p. (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 2002 2017

Evaluation of the Master's thesis by Jing Huang

Annalisa Sannino (Participant)
Oct 2017

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Annalisa Sannino (Visiting researcher)
1 Jan 201730 Jun 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

AERA 2018 meeting (Event)

Annalisa Sannino (Board member)
Aug 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Teachers College Record (Journal)

Annalisa Sannino (Reviewer)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

External evaluator of the doctoral thesis by Ian KnottCraig at Rhodes University, South Africa

Annalisa Sannino (Participant)
2017

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other