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Kristján Kristjánsson

Kristján Kristjánsson

University of Birmingham


Kristján Kristjánsson has teaching experience at junior and senior high-school level before embarking on a university career. He was Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor in the School of Education, University of Akureyri (Iceland) from 1991–2008 (where he was also for a long time Vice-Dean, and Acting Head of Department for one year); and Professor of Philosophy of Education, School of Education, University of Iceland, from 2008. He was appointed Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics in the School of Education, University of Birmingham, with effect from September 1, 2012. Prof. Kristjánsson has published over 70 articles in international journals and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Moral Education. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University, University of Konstanz, St. Edmund’s College (Cambridge University) and Institute of Education (University of London). In 1997, he was elected the Young Humanities Scholar of the Year by the Icelandic Council of Science, and in 2011 he was presented with the Ása Guðmundsdóttir Wright Award, the most prestigious scholarly award given to an Icelandic academic across the Sciences and Humanities.

Research Interest

Kristján Kristjánsson’s research orientation can best be summed up as that of Aristotle-inspired philosophical scrutiny of theories in educational psychology and values education, with special emphasis on the notions of character and emotional virtue. He has written extensively on themes in general education, moral education, educational psychology, moral philosophy and political philosophy, and sees himself essentially as a bridge-builder between philosophy and social science. His main Research interests are Positive psychology and positive education, Well-being and education , Selfhood, self-concepts (self-esteem, self-respect, self-efficacy, etc.) and education, Virtue ethics and education, Aristotle’s theory of moral development, moral virtues and phronesis, Freedom as a moral concept & The nature, scope and aims of moral/character education.