Liesel Ebersöhn

Liesel Ebersöhn

Professor / Director

University of Pretoria / Centre for the Study of Resilience


Liesel Ebersöhn is Director of the Centre for the Study of Resilience and Full Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria. Liesel is known for educational psychology studies on resilience in schools in challenged settings – specifically for an indigenous, Afrocentric psychology theory (relationship resourced resilience). The theory posits flocking as resilience-enabling social support to bolster better than expected outcomes for a collective in a severely unequal context. She is Secretary General of the World Education Research Association, is invited often to read keynote papers (i.e. Plenary at the 2016 Global Development Network Conference, Lima, Peru), has been visiting professor (Yale University, Edith Cowan University), and have received numerous research awards. She serves on the Editorial Board of the prestigious Review of Education Research, is a member of the International Research and Scholarship Committee (Division C, Learning and Instruction, of the American Educational Research Association), and is international representative to the Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE) Project Reference Group, Murdoch University.  

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