Birgit E.U. Pepin


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Birgit Pepin has taught mathematics in secondary schools in England before starting her PhD in mathematics education, which linked to her background: being born in Germany, and having lived in France and England, she investigated mathematics teachers’ work in the three countries, in particular with respect to their mathematical and pedagogic practices, and the influence of educational and cultural traditions on their work as a mathematics teacher. After finalizing her PhD she worked in UK higher education institutions (Open University, Oxford Brookes University; Manchester University), and later moved to Norway (2009-2014) for her first full professorship, and then to the Netherlands (since 2015).

Her teaching and research focus on mathematics curriculum materials (including digital resources), teacher pedagogy and student learning in innovative environments, especially in higher mathematics education and upper secondary schooling. She has published widely in the field of (e-) curriculum resources, and teacher and student appropriation of such resources for mathematics teaching and learning. Her research and development projects have been carried out with support from agencies including the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Union (5 EU projects), and selected national funding agencies (e.g. 4TU CEE).  

Birgit has been Editor-in-Chief of the international research journal, International Journal for Research and Method in Education, and has edited several special issues of international mathematics education journals (e.g. ZDM Mathematics Education; Journal for Mathematics Teacher Education; Internatioinal Journal for Undergraduate Mathematics Education). At present she chief-edits the International Handbook of digital (curriculum) resources in mathematics education.

She has been on numerous international boards (e.g. DZLM- Deutsches Zentrum fuer Lehrerbildung Mathematik; British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics), and she is member of several scientific and professional associations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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PhD Thesis Title: Developing an understanding of mathematics teachers' work in England, France and Germany: an ethnographic study, University of Reading


PGCE (postgraduate teaching qualification) Mathematics education, University of Oxford


MSc Physics/Meteorology, University of Kiel



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