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Lada Smirnova

  • Lada Smirnova has been at HSE University since 2018.



Lada Smirnova holds a PhD in Education from the University of Manchester. Her primary research interest is in the area of sustainable human development and well-being, the development of twenty-first-century skills such as problem solving and decision making for acting in complex systems. She has expertise in using Cultural Historical Activity Theory for designing blended and online programmes. In spite of her substential teaching load, Lada remains an active scholar, currently working on a book on how the technological push of 2020 influences teachers, and how they influence those learning environments they create.

Education and Degrees

  • 2019

    University of Manchester

  • 2012

    Master's in Arts and Humanities
    University of Manchester

  • 1997

    Degree in Linguistics
    Moscow State Pedagogical University

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

PhD in Education, University of Manchester, UK, 2019.

Positive Psychology, Radboud University, The Netherlands, 2017.

Educational Technology in TESOL, University of Sheffield, UK, 2016-2017.

MA in Educational Technology and TESOL, University of Manchester, UK, 2012.

DELTA, University of Cambridge, UK, 2007.

CELTA, University of Cambridge, UK, 2003.

ICELT, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000.

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Educational Technology and Communication (Master’s programme; Institute of Education; 1 year, 1, 2 module)Rus

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)


Smirnova, L. O., 2018. Integrating technology into the university language classroom. Presentation at the EARLI Conference, University of Cambridge, 28 August, 2018, Cambridge, UK.


Smirnova, L. O., 2018. Implementing technology in Russian Higher Education: the CHAT perspecive.  Presentation at the Social Theories of learning group, the School of Environment, Education and Development in the University of Manchester, April 21, 2018, Manchester, UK.


Smirnova, L. O., 2017. Exploring perezhivanie as an internalised psychological tool for teacher thinking and activity in integrating technology. 5th International Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR), 28 August to 01 September 2017, Quebec, Canada.


Smirnova, L. O., 2016. Teacher Development in integrating technology: mind the gap. A keynote speech delivered at the 3rd Conference on ‘Internationalisation of Russian higher education’ National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" (MISIS), November 25, 2016, Moscow, Russia.


Smirnova, L. O., 2016. Exploring a new psychological tool in teacher development in ICT in Russian Higher Education context. Oral presentation at the ‘Kaleidoscope’ LATERN conference, the University of Manchester, June 17, 2015, Manchester, UK.


Smirnova, L. O., 2013. Flipping language classroom to meet the needs of students. A keynote speech delivered at ‘Innovations in foreign language teaching’ conference, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Jan., 22, 2013, Moscow, Russia.


Smirnova, L. O., 2012. Designing a blended learning curriculum for final year students. Oral presentation. Faculty of Real Estate Management, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Dec., 24, 2012, Moscow, Russia.

Smirnova, L. O., 2012. Integrating Web 2.0 tools into Language Classroom. Oral presentation. Faculty of Government Management. Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Dec., 12, 2012, Moscow, Russia.


Conference support grant, the University of Manchester, 2017.

NWDTC event grant for ‘Emotions and Agency in teaching and beyond’, the University of Manchester, 2018.