Welcome! [last updated 25 January 2017]


This website provides information about me and my research [click here], my publications [click here] and scholarly activities. There is also a section with video and audio interviews [click here]. If you want to get in touch, please send an e-mail to gertbiesta@gmail.com Also feel free to contact me if you are looking for a copy of one of my publications (articles, chapters).


I am Professor of Education in the Department of Education of Brunel University London (0.8) and Visiting Professor (Professor II) at NLA University College, Bergen, Norway. Since April 2016 I hold the NIVOZ Professorship for Education at the University for Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands (0.2). Before this I worked at universities in Luxembourg, Scotland (University of Stirling), England (University of Exeter), and the Netherlands (Utrecht, Leiden and Groningen) and held Visiting Professorships at the University of Orebro, Sweden, Malardalen University, Sweden, and ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, the Netherlands. I am a former Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellow with the National Academy of Education, USA.


In January 2015 I became an associate member of the 'Onderwijsraad' (the Education Council of the Netherlands) for the period 2015-2018. The 'Onderwijsraad' is the main government advisory body on education (see here for more information). Since April 2016 I'm also scientific advisor to VERUS in the Netherlands.


I am joint-coordinator of SIG 25 (Educational Theory) of EARLI, The European Association for Research and Learning and Instruction, together with Rupert Wegerif and Giuseppe Ritella (JURE Assistant Coordinator). For more information click here.


I am currently co-editor of two book-series with Routledge: New Directions in the Philosophy of Education (with Michael A. Peters) and Theorizing Education (with Julie Allan and Richard Edwards). If you are interested in publishing in any of these series please contact me.


From 1999 until 2014 I was editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in Philosophy and Education (Springer; ISSN 0039-3746). Since 2016 I am associate editor of the journal Educational Theory.



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A picture of all the books I have published so far (as author, co-author, editor or co-editor).

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Gert Biesta

Latest [updated 7 November 2016]


Hello. Thanks for visiting my website. It has been a while, but I have now updated the general information on this page, and the overview of books, journal articles and bookchapters, with quite a lot of new publications and quite a lot in the pipeline.


The overview of presentations is unfortunately not up to date. I'm in the fortunate position to present in many different places but am currently struggling to keep up with the information. A major forthcoming event is my keynote at the New Zealand Education Conference in November 2016.


Other remarkable news is that the following publication is already the second most downloaded paper in the history of the journal. Check it out here.

Biesta, G.J.J, Priestley, M. & Robinson, S. (2015). The role of beliefs in teacher agency. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice 21(6), 624-640. 10.1080/13540602.2015.1044325


The final bit of news is that I am enjoying participation in the Teaching Common Values project, initiated by the European Parliament and led by Prof Wiel Veugelers, University for Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands, focusing on democracy and tolerance in secondary school education. (I'm doing the UK/England case study.)