Anja Philipp


  • Overall, I have more than 11 years of experience in teacher research:

    At the Institute of Work and Organisational Psychology (Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany), I focused on emotion regulation strategies of teachers at different stages of their careers and how these influence teacher well-being (stress and burnout) and work-ability.

    At the Institute of Educational Psychology ( Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany), I expanded my research portfolio by including topics related to teacher proactive behaviours to improve school development and the role of leadership behaviours and school atmosphere in this context.

    I joined UKZN in April 2017 and am currently working on job demands and burnout levels of South African teachers, emotion work of teachers in classrooms in South Africa as well as proactive behaviour of teachers for professional and school development.

Degrees Held

  • PhD, University of Freiburg (Germany) 2010 (Topic: Emotion regulation in class and its relevance for the well-being and the work-ability of teachers).
  • Diploma in Psychology, University of Leipzig (Germany) 2005 (Specialisation in Clinical and Health Psychology).

Research Interests

  • Self-regulation strategies (coping with stress & emotions in class, time management of teachers).
  • Occupational health and well-being of teachers (engagement, stress and burnout prevention).
  • Age-related differences/career-stage specific differences in the use of these strategies.
  • Workplace health promotion for teaching staff of different age groups.
  • Professional development of teaching staff over the career cycle.
  • Proactive behaviour/personal initiative of teaching staff.
  • Leadership behaviour and innovation in educational organisations.
  • Skills of employees for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) as well as effects of wellbeing for the readiness for the 4IR.

Teaching Interests

  • Teacher Stress and Wellbeing, Burnout of Teachers.
  • Self-regulation Strategies (Coping with Stress & Emotions in Class, Classroom Management).
  • Workplace Health Promotion of Teaching Staff.
  • Continuous Professional Development of Teachers.
  • Learning theories and aspects of Educational Psychology.

Selected Publications

Community Involvement

  • Ad hoc reviewer Work and Stress.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Teaching and Teacher Education.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Current Psychology.
  • Ad hoc Reviewer African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Teaching and Teacher Education.
  • Since January 2021 – Cluster Leader of the Education Studies Cluster.
  • Member of DGPs (The German Psychological Society).
  • Member of SAERA (South African Educational Research Association).
  • Reviewer of Rating Application for the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.
  • Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).
  • Co-PI of the project on “Transforming the curriculum and its delivery in preparation for 4IR: Equipping today’s students with knowledge and skills for tomorrow’s workplace”. Funding was obtained from the JW Nelson Foundation.
  • Facilitation of a PhD cohort for the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE).
  • Reviewer of abstracts for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education/Division K – Section 08: In-Service Teacher Knowledge and Learning.

Projects (selection):

  • 2018-2020: Demands and personal resources of teacher in two districts in KwaZulu-Natal as predictors of their levels of strain and ill-being. Funded within the Human and Social Dynamics in Development Grant (supported wholly by the National Research Foundation of South Africa; NRF, Grant Number: 111853).
  • Since 2021: Co-PI of Project Transforming the curriculum and its delivery in preparation for 4IR: Equipping today’s students with knowledge and skills for tomorrow’s workplace, Funding from JW Nelson Foundation, PI: Prof A Stark, Chemical Engineering, UKZN.


Teaching Expertise

My teaching expertise ranges from teaching at undergraduate level to postgraduate level. Please find selected modules below:

  • Semester 1 2021: Teaching of “Teacher Stress and Wellbeing” (EDPD715) at B.Ed. Hon. level.
  • Semester 2 2017 – 2021: Supervision of Independent Research Project (EDRS732) B.Ed. Hon. students for the Discipline “Teacher Development Studies.
  • Semester 1 2019 & 2020,2023: Teaching of Educational Psychology unit as part of the Module Education Studies: Teach, Learn and Contexts (EDES612) at PGCE level.
  • Semester One 2018: Co-Teaching of Module Discourses and Methodologies in Educational Research (EDRS821) at M.Ed. level.
  • Semester 1 2018 – 2020: Mentoring in Schools (EDPD704) at B.Ed. Hon. level.
  • Semester Two 2017: Teaching of Module Education Studies (EDES220) at B.Ed. level.

Student Supervision