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Centre for Principal Development

The Centre for Principal Development was established in 1993 and is an independent unit within the Department of Political Science. We have long experience and extensive knowledge of educational leadership practice and research.


Educational leadership.


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National School Leadership Training Programme

Educating principals and preschool managers.

Recruitment for Educational Leadership Course

Aspiring principals and preschool managers.

Since the start we have educated school leaders, politicians, and middle managers within the police force. We have also had recurring seminars and conferences focusing on school leadership. The Centre for Principal Development at Umeå University is one of six universities that offers the National School Leadership Training Programme. We are responsible for the programme in the most northern part of Sweden as well as in the very south part.

Within the programme we educate principals, deputy principals, and preschool managers. An advisory board, consisting of representatives from the Centre and various municipalities and independent schools, convenes regularly to discuss the programme's content.

Successful research collaborations brought Petros Pashiardis back to Umeå

Read interview with Petros Pashiardis, visiting researcher at the Centre for Principal Development.


Björn Ahlström
Associate professor

Deputy Head


Ewa Morén
Financial administrator, administrator
Charlotte Sedholm
Administrator, education administrator