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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at University of Helsinki. I am also Professor Emeritus of Communication at University of California, San Diego.

I apply and develop cultural-historical activity theory as a framework in studies of transformations and learning processes in work activities and organizations. I am known for the theory of expansive learning and for the interventionist methodology of developmental work research.

My most recent book is From Teams to Knots: Activity-Theoretical Studies of Collaboration and Learning at Work, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.

I have received an honorary professorship from University of Birmingham in UK and an honorary doctorate from University of Oslo in Norway. I have currently visiting appointments at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan, at Lancaster University in UK, at University of Oslo, and at University of Warwick in UK.

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Cultural Historical Activity Theory
  • Therory of Expansive Learning
  • Developmental Work Research

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
  • AMEE 2019

    Yrjö Engeström (Speaker: Presenter), Alan Bleakley (Speaker: Presenter), Tim Dornan (Speaker: Presenter), Loes Meijer (Speaker: Presenter) & Eeva Pyörälä (Chair)

    24 Aug 201928 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  • Pei Chin Liew

    Yrjö Engeström (Host)

    28 Apr 201629 Apr 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesNon-academic visit at UH

  • Lina Markauskaite

    Yrjö Engeström (Host)

    31 Oct 20164 Nov 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  • Carole Groleau

    Yrjö Engeström (Host)

    2 Aug 201630 Aug 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  • Joan Ploettner

    Yrjö Engeström (Host)

    1 Apr 201631 May 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH