School of Education

Anja Philipp

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Anja Philipp
Anja Philipp Associate Professor

Seniority Prof.

Leadership Education Studies

Discipline Teacher Development Studies

Contact Number 031-260-3819

Office Address MTB, Office CS138

Last Updated 4 months ago


  • 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.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Self-regulation strategies of teachers.
  • Occupational health and well-being of teachers (stress and burnout prevention).
  • Age-related differences/career-stage specific differences in the use of these strategies.
  • Professional development of teaching staff over the career cycle.
  • Workplace health promotion for teaching staff of different age groups.
  • Proactive behaviour/personal initiative of teaching staff.
  • Leadership behaviour and innovation in schools.

Teaching Interests

  • My teaching interests range from Educational Psychology to Occupational Health Training Courses, Developmental Psychology or Research Methods.


  • At MEd and PhD level. Supervision of IRP Honours students in Teacher Development Studies.





Professional Activities

  • Member of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction).
  • Member of EAWOP (European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology).
  • Ad hoc Reviewer South African Journal of Education.
  • Ad hoc Reviewer African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education.
  • Ad hoc Reviewer Learning and Individual Differences.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Learning and Instruction.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Educational Psychology.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Teaching and Teacher Education.
  • Ad hoc reviewer Work and Stress.