MARILYN COCHRAN-SMITH is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College (USA) and a Professor II at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow, and a former AERA President. The author of 10 books and 250 articles, chapters, and editorials, Dr. Cochran-Smith is known for her scholarship regarding teacher education research, practice, and policy and for her sustained commitment to social justice and equity. She has been a teacher education scholar and practitioner for more than 40 years and is a frequent keynote presenter in the USA and in many countries around the world.


ANNALISA SANNINO serves as Professor at the Faculty of Education, and Culture, Tampere University Finland, and as the Director of the Doctoral Programme Education & Society.

She leads the research group RESET (Research Engagement for Sustainable and Equitable Transformations) which develops and brings into use conceptual tools and interventionist methodologies from cultural-historical activity theory to foster collective analyses of major societal challenges in close collaboration with stakeholders and practitioners. RESET’s recently completed and ongoing Change Laboratory projects in the fields related to the eradication of youth homelessness and service integration in Finland are attracting national and international attention and are consolidating the collaboration of the research group with key organizations at the local, city-level, and national level.



YRJÖ ENGESTRÖM is professor of Adult Education and Director of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at University of Helsinki and Professor Emeritus of Communication at University of California, San Diego.

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


JANNE MADSEN is a professor of educational science, with a special interest in learning in the classroom, initial training, and sustainability in the classroom. Dialogue, interaction, play and learning with meaning are terms that can summarize some of this. School development is important for maintaining and increasing quality in schools and is therefore also part of the field of interest. Madsen’s teaching areas are the following: General pedagogy, school development, strategies of learning, school management, and teaching at the elementary stage.



VIV ELLIS is Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia’s leading faculty of Education (ARWU) and one of the most dynamic, research-intensive faculties of Education, Counselling and Psychology in the world. He is also a Professor in the Faculty and a global expert on teacher education, having worked with government agencies and NGOs across the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia, most recently the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture on the world’s largest program of in-service teacher education in drama and theatre performance. Prior to Monash, he was the founding Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development, a strategic partnership between King’s College London and Teachers College, Columbia University. His most recent book (with Lauren Gatti and Warwick Mansell) is The New Political Economy of Teacher Education: The Enterprise Narrative and the Shadow State, forthcoming in 2023 from Policy Press.