Dr Riikka Hofmann

Lecturer at Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge


Riikka Hofmann is a University Lecturer in Faculty of Education where she leads the Research Strand “Dialogue, Professional Change and Leadership” in the Faculty’s Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research Group (CEDiR). Her research focuses on leadership and professional change in educational and medical settings, studied from the perspective of sociocultural psychology. She also conducts research on classroom learning and dialogue, having been involved in research in the U.K., Finland and Mexico, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Pakistan in the Faculty's REAL Centre. Her research utilises a mixed methods approach, drawing both on qualitative approaches, process analyses and evaluation designs.

Riikka teaches on the Educational Leadership and School improvement Masters route as well as on a range of Masters research methods courses in the Faculty. She is the coordinator of the Research Methods strand of the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations, ran jointly with Cambridge Assessment. She also collaborates with the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre at Cambridge University Hospitals at Addenbrooke's, the Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Riikka is an expert member of a Cabinet-Office led Cross-Whitehall trials advisory panel, she advises various Government departments on research methods in policy evaluations as well as advising on leadership development in the civil service Future Leaders Scheme.