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Per-Erik Ellström was born in Köping, Sweden. In 1975 he obtained a master’s degree in psychology at Uppsala University, Sweden and in 1984 a doctoral degree in education at Linköping University. In 1998 he was appointed as a professor of education at Linköping University with special emphasis on education and learning in the work place.
Since 2006 he has been the Director of Helix Vinn Centre of Excellence, which is a research collaboration between Linköping University, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova) and approximately 20 external partners, focusing on mobility in working life in relation to learning, health promotion and entrepreneurship.
Per-Erik Ellström has contributed to a number of expert assignments and sat as a member on various committees and advisory boards. He is a member of the editorial board for: Journal of Workplace Learning, the International Journal of Training Research and Human Resource Development Review.