Aliki Nicolaides

Areas of Expertise

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

Interests

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

Academic Affiliations

Education

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

Contact

 706-583-8098 (office)
 917-595-8930 (mobile)

Research Summary

Aliki Nicolaides Ed.D, is 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 hidden potential that can generate more timely, sustainable action.