Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Learning
  • Adult Development
  • Collaborative Action Inquiry
  • Leader Formation
  • Leadership Development
  • Phenomenology
  • Complexity Theory


  • Adult Learning
  • Adult Development
  • Complexity
  • Leadership
  • Collaborative Inquiry
  • Action Research



  •  EdD in Adult Learning and Leadership, 2008
    Teachers College, Columbia University


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Research Summary

Aliki Nicolaides Ed.D, is an Associate Professor of Adult Learning, Leadership, and Adult Development at the University of Georgia in the program of Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development. Dr. Nicolaides seeks to optimize vital developmental conditions for adults, groups, and systems to learn and grow. Through the past decade of research and teaching, she has developed a theory of learning-from-and-within-complexity called ‘Generative Learning’. This theory highlights and explores how adults may learn from within the complexity and ambiguity that is so prevalent in this period of ’liquid’ modernity. Specifically, her work suggests that under certain conditions and with intentional scaffolding, encounters with ambiguity and complexity can evoke deep learning and reveal the hidden potential that can generate more timely sustainable action.