Skip to page content

Aliki Nicolaides

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy (Adult Education, Learning and Organization, Human Resource and Organizational Development)

Portrait of Aliki Nicolaides

Contact Information

View/Download CV

Office Location

417 River's Crossing
850 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

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

Programs of Study

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.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
EdD Adult Learning and Leadership Teachers College, Columbia University 2008