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Associate Professor, Department of Education


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Areas of expertise

adult education
higher education
academic entrepreneurship
narrative research
gender studies


Currently I work as an associate professor at the University of Turku, Department of Education, Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE). I defended my doctoral dissertation at the University of Helsinki in 2010 in the field of adult education. In 2010-2011 I worked as a coordinator of doctoral studies and in 2012-2013 as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. In 2014-2022 I worked as a senior researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology. 

Currently I'm the chair of The Finnish Society for Research on Adult Education and a member of ESREA presidium.


My research interests include adult and higher education, employability, academic entrepreneurship, narrative research and social differences related to age, gender and class. I have been involved in two consortium research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: ‘Academic Entrepreneurship as a Social Process’ (ACE, 2016–2020) and ‘Higher Education Graduates’ Employability and Social Positioning in the Labour Market’ (HighEmploy, 2018–2022). I was the PI and the leader of the HighEmploy project. I have published in the fields of adult and higher education including three books: Huiputuksen moraalijärjestys (Moral order of top-performativity) in 2019; New movements in academic entrepreneurship in 2021 and Rethinking graduate employability in context: Discourse, policy and practice in 2023. 


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Preface (2023)

Siivonen Päivi, Isopahkala-Bouret Ulpukka, Tomlinson Michael, Korhonen Maija, Haltia Nina
(O2 Muu julkaisu )