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Research presentation

Anneli Frelin

Anneli Frelin, professor i didaktik.

Research presentation

Anneli Frelin

PhD Professor in Curriculum Studies

Research director, Strategic research area Innovative learning

Research subject: Curriculum studies
Research domain: Educational Science

Anneli Frelin is Professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of Gävle, Sweden. With a background in teaching, her main interest is what makes education work for all. She has conducted projects on topics such as innovative learning environments, whole-school approaches to creating sustainable educational environments, safe schools, teachers’ professionalism and teacher commitment. She has a special interest in spatial, relational, and curriculum theories and her articles have been published in international and national journals. She is deputy director of the strategic research area Innovative learning, With Jan Grannäs, she also co-directs the research group ROLE (Research on Learning Environments) and is deputy director of the research program LET (Learning Environments of Tomorrow. She is also involved in the European research network DRAPES (Design, Research and Practice in Educational Spaces) and in several research projects.

Research group: ROLE – Research On Learning Environments


  • A learning environment testbed to evaluate benefits for lighting beyond retrofits
  • Success factors for functional preschool environments
  • CoReD – Collaborative Redesign with Schools
  • Research study on learning environments in two schools  


Spatial perspectives, educational and learning environments, pedagogy, teacher professionalism, professionality and professional knowing, teacher-student relationships, teacher leadership, curriculum theory, democracy and social justice.

Former research project

Building schools 

How is a sustainable educational environment built?

Sustainable relationships as prevention against threats and violence - a study of teachers and students relational practices in the interstices of school

RAOL - Head teachers' working conditions and the evaluation of newly qualified teachers
Crossroads - a longitudinal study of  choices and values in teachers' work trajectories

Published by: Camilla Haglund Page responsible: Sara Perttunen Sundberg Updated: 2020-03-12
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