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Professor Vivien Hodgson


Vivien Hodgson

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510920

Research overview

My research interests include research on students' experiences of learning and exploring the various initiatives taking place in management education and more widely with respect to more ‘open’ and collaborative critical pedagogical approaches supported by digital media and tools.

From 1999-2001 I co-ordinated with colleagues from Sheffield, Coventry and Glasgow, an ESRC seminar series on Understanding the Implications of Networked Learning for Higher Education. During the series we developed and launched a Networked e-learning manifesto for discussion. This is available at; http://csalt.lancs.ac.uk/esrc/


PhD supervision

Interested in PhD research that examines networked learning and the impact digital innovation and tools have had for open and participative approaches to critical management education and learning. Including the impact on academic and learner identity and the way we view knowledge and our position in the world. Also interested in proposals that seek to examine the importance of digital scholarship for learning designs in the 21st century!!


I am a professor of Networked Management Learning at Lancaster University Management School, UK and guest Obel Chair at e-Learning Lab, University of Aalborg, Denmark. I co-edit  the Springer book series Researching Networked Learning  and  stood down in 2012 as one of the founding co-chairs of the international bi-annual conference series on  networked learning.

I am currently leading an across faculty initiative supporting and encouraging staff to develop innovative pedagogical designs and online spaces that critically use digital learning resources and tools across a range of Management School programmes and activities at UG and PG level.



Current Teaching

Postgraduate:  MSc Leadership Practice and Responsibility (part -time)

Research Grants

2003 - 2006 A DfES/Centre for Excellence in Leadership funded project to carry out research on the theory and practice of networked management learning for educational leaders.

2003 - 2006 Programme @lis: Alliance for the Information Society - an EU funded grant to the European Latin Americana Consortium (ELAC) project. This is with partners from Denmark, Spain and Latin America. The overall objective is to demonstrate and evaluate IST-based approaches that enable innovative and multilingual continuing professional education and learning in the field of Environmental Planning and Management within and between Latin American universities.

2004-2006 ENSeL (Engaging Networks for Sustainable E learning), European Commission funded E-Learning Programme project The aim of ENSEL is to disseminate e-learning principles within a network of SMEs (Small and Medium Size Enterprises). Lancaster and ‘EQUEL’ are partners in the project.

2002-2004 EQUEL (E-quality in e-learning) an CEC e-learning initiative project to develop a virtual centre for research and innovation in e-learning for higher education. The project involves 14 EUopean partners and focuses on 7 main themes/topics relevant to research and development of networked e-learning at the European level.

2000 –2002 Understanding the implications of Networked Learning for Higher Education, ESRC research seminar series with partners from Coventry, Glasgow and Sheffield Universities.

1999 –2001 Students Experience of Networked Learning; grant from the Joint Information and Systems Committee, HEFC to conduct field studies of the learners experience of Networked learning and to establish a National Advisory and Information Service On Networked Learning. Principle investigators Peter Goodyear and Christine Steeples from Educational Research plus myself.


BSc Birmingham, PhD Surrey

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