SIG 09 - Phenomenography and Variation Theory


Mike Mimirinis

University of West London, UK

Ann-Sofie Jägerskog

Stockholm University, Sweden

William Zoppellini

Solent University, UK

Mission statement


SIG 9 Phenomenography and Variation Theory bring together researchers whose research interests lie in learning, teaching, socialization, educational planning and other areas, in different contexts and disciplines. The particular perspective developed focuses on a relational approach to knowledge formation, with emphasis on qualitatively different conceptions of a subject matter and the agency of the learner. Research on Phenomenography has provided descriptions and explanations of how the individual relates to the surrounding world and has led to important knowledge concerning the relation between the agency of the learner and the situation. The knowledge originated from Phenomenography and Variation Theory has formed the base for further description and explanation of this relation in different research fields, including constituting the development of research methods.


People who are interested in contributing to the next newsletter should contact the Coordinators Mike Mimirinis, Ann-Sofie Jägerskog and William Zoppellini.

SIG 9 Newsletter September 2022

SIG 9 Newsletter May 2022

SIG 9 Newsletter February 2022

SIG 9 Newsletter October 2021

SIG 9 Newsletter 1_2020

SIG 9 Newsletter autumn 2019

SIG 9 Newsletter spring 2019

SIG 9 Newsletter winter 2018

2022 Conference Stockholm

Thank you to attendees and presenters at the 2022 conference in Stockholm. The conference brought together researchers representing 12 countries and included presentations, space for collaboration and a workshop for PhD students. Our next conference will be in 2024 and we will announce details in August 2023.

Keynote at EARLI SIG 9 Conference



SIG 9 Biennial Conference 2024

TBC - Announced August 2023
TBC - Announced August 2023
TBC - Announced August 2023

SIG 9 running events at EARLI Biennial Conference 2023

Education as a hope in uncertain times
22 - 26 August 2023
Thessaloniki, Greece