Prof Gert Biesta

Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy

Professor of Public Education - part-time

Education House


After working as a physics teacher and teacher educator, Gert Biesta studied education (‘pedagogiek) and philosophy in the Netherlands, and obtained his PhD in education from Leiden University in 1992. He worked at several Dutch universities until 1999, and has mainly been working at universities in the UK (England and Scotland) since then, with visiting professorships in Sweden, Belgium and Norway. He currently holds the NIVOZ chair for education at the University for Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands (0.2) and is Professor II at the University of Agder, Norway. He is co-editor of the British Educational Research Journal and associate editor of the journal Educational Theory. He edits two book series, on educational theory and educational philosophy, for Routledge. He has published widely on the theory of education and the theory and philosophy of educational research, including his monographs Beyond Learning (2006); Good Education in an Age of Measurement (2010); The Beautiful Risk of Education (2014); and The Rediscovery of Teaching (2017) – all with Routledge. In 2019 he will published two new books: Obstinate Education: Reconnecting School and Society (with Brill|Sense) and Educational Research: An Unorthodox Introduction (Bloomsbury). The question how education can contribute to democratisation and emancipation remains central to his work.