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Post-doctoral researcher, senior advisor


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Areas of expertise

Entrepreneurial university
entrepreneurship education
entrepreneurship education and emotions
academic entrepreneurship
narrative research
qualitative research


Kirsi works as senior advisor at the University development services, and she is responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the Entrepreneurial University model at the University of Turku. Additionally, Kirsi is a post-doctoral researcher at entrepreneurship research group in the Turku School of Economics focused on studying academic entrepreneurship. She has some 20 years of experience in developing and managing various national and international development projects in entrepreneurship. Currently, her work is focused on assessment and development of institution’s entrepreneurial and innovation capacity, including entrepreneurship education as a joint effort of the university administration and the faculties in developing enterprising individuals across the whole institution. Kirsi is also a director of a national higher education spearhead project that has developed electronic resources and recommendations for universities to help integrate learning acquired outside the formal education into university degrees (see She is also a WP leader at the University of Turku in the European Campus of City-Universities, EC2U Alliance, responsible for coordinating the Science with and for Society activities at the University of Turku (see 

Kirsi acquired a doctor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Turku School of Economics in 2017 (thesis title: Exploring agency in entrepreneurship development – A narrative approach).


Kirsi coordinates a faculty development programme on entrepreneurship education that provides support for university teachers in integrating entrepreneurship into non-business disciplines. As part of the implementation of the Entrepreneurship Strategy model at the University of Turku, Kirsi is responsible for systematization and development support for entrepreneurship education at the different university faculties. She also coordinates the Entrepreneurship champions network.


Kirsi’s research interests include entrepreneurial university, entrepreneurship education, academic entrepreneurship and agency. Kirsi has presented her work in several international conferences, served as a peer reviewer and published her work in academic publications. In 2021, she is the Chair of Entrepreneurial Learning Ecosystems Forum, which is part of the international RENT (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) Conference.

Author team led by Kirsi was awarded the Best paper award at the YKTT National Entrepreneurship Conference in Helsinki in 2019 for their research paper on the recognition of prior learning and accreditation of learning demonstrated in some other manner in entrepreneurship.

Kirsi is a board member of the Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education that promotes multidisciplinary research and practice of entrepreneurship and enterprise education.


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Constructing agency in entrepreneurial process (2019)

Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference, RENT : Research in entrepreneurship and small business
Kirsi Peura, Pekka Stenholm
(A4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa)