Kirsi Peura profile picture
Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Innovation Services
Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Entrepreneurship
PhD, post-doctoral researcher, senior advisor


+358 29 450 2613
+358 50 502 7075
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Areas of expertise

Entrepreneurial university
entrepreneurship education
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 Strategy at the University of Turku. Prior to this, she participated as appointed expert member in the working group for Entrepreneurship Strategy and Action Plan of the University of Turku. Additionally, Kirsi is a post-doctoral researcher at Turku School of Economics focused on studying academic entrepreneurship.

Kirsi has over 15 years of experience in developing and managing various externally funded development projects in entrepreneurship. Thus far, she has successfully managed over 30 projects and attracted funding for development initiatives worth over EUR 3 million (project range between EUR 10 000 and 0,8 million). Funders of projects include, for example, the European Commission and Finnish Ministries. Currently, Kirsi is the project director of a Ministry of Education and Culture funded national spearhead project focused on developing models for the recognition of prior learning and studification of entrepreneurship competences in higher education.

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 of 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.

Author team led by Kirsi was awarded the Best paper award at the YKTT National Entrepreneurship Education Conference in Helsinki in 2019 for their research paper on the recognition of prior learning and studification of entrepreneurship competences.

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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