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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.

Publications 1978 2019

Activity Theory and Medical Education: Foundations, findings and future perspectives

Engeström, Y., Bleakley, A., Dornan, T., Meijer, L. & Pyörälä, E., 26 Aug 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsPaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Collective concept formation in educational management: An intervention study in São Paulo, Brazil

Ferreira Lemos, M. & Engeström, Y., 2018, In : Eesti Haridusteaduste Ajakiri . 6, 1, p. 32-56 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Cultural-historical activity theory: founding insights and new challenges

Sannino, A. & Engeström, Y., 2018, In : Cultural-Historical Psychology. 14, 3, p. 43-56 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

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

Projects 2006 2018

Activities 1995 2019

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

Bodil Svendsen

Yrjö Engeström (Host)
12 May 201613 May 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Lina Markauskaite

Yrjö Engeström (Host)
31 Oct 20164 Nov 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Tony Burner

Yrjö Engeström (Host)
4 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Bodil Svendsen

Yrjö Engeström (Host)
4 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH