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af Ursin
Senior Researcher, Social Work


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Areas of expertise

Child- and youth research
sociology of education
psychology of education
comparative research
quantitative research


I am a postdoctoral fellow with special background in educational inequalities, children´s cultural and societal participation, participatory disparities and socioeconomic inheritance. I am specialized in advanced statistical research methods and in comparative analyses.

I received an undergraduate Master´s degree in Education at the University of Jyväskylä before completing a PhD in Education under a joint supervision of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and the University of Turku. My binational doctoral study focused on the person-internal and person-external determinants of children´s cultural participation in context of social inequalities (multidisciplinary approach including educational, psychological and sociological aspects).

I currently work as a senior researcher in a comparative longitudinal study on young people´s educational trajectories and learning of the 21st century skills in Europe, Australia, South America and North America (International Study of City Youth, ISCY). I am also actively involved in a multiple-cohort large-scale longitudinal research project Steps to the Healthy Development and Well-Being of Children (The STEPS Study) and in an International Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCWeB). My focus of research is the equality of educational opportunities, risk and resilience in education, and educational pathways among children and youth.

Please feel free to contact me if you have same interests.


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