Heini Kainulainen got her PhD in law from the University of Helsinki in 2009. Before joining the faculty, she worked as a researcher at the National Research Institute of Legal Policy. Kainulainen has been researching and lecturing in the fields of criminology and the sociology of law since 1998. At the moment she is a member of the board in the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies and A-Clinic-Foundation.
My teaching philosophy is based on a constructivist notion of learning, where students are actively encouraged to contribute to discussions and learning activities. As a teacher I want my role to be supportive and interactive. I use several strategies and tactics to stimulate discussion so everyone is willing to share perspectives, ideas and experiences.
Her doctoral dissertation focused on the criminal control of drug users. In her current research she examines the position of victims in the criminal justice system. Kainulainen has been an active member of several research networks focusing on theoretical, methodological and ethical issues related to criminological research.