Doctoral Programme on Learning, Teaching and Learning Environments Research

The Doctoral Programme on Learning, Teaching and Learning Environments Research (OPPI) trains internationally oriented, professional researchers and experts in learning, teaching and learning environments, who promote scientific evidence-based development in different fields of education.

OPPI provides an international, multidisciplinary research atmosphere with leading researchers of learning, teaching and learning environment as the supervisors of doctoral candidates’ dissertations.

The Doctoral Programme organises high quality courses and seminars for doctoral candidates, also in co-operation with the international and national partners. The research on learning and education is recognised as one of the areas of strength in research at the University of Turku.

The Doctoral Programme is linked to the research conducted at the Department of Teacher Education and the Centre for Learning Research (CLR). In addition to the research themes related to learning and learning environments, central research themes of the doctoral programme are teaching and teacher education.  OPPI is part of the Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences (FinEd).

The Steering Committee of OPPI Doctoral Programme for the period 1.8.2017-31.7.2019 can be found here.

Information about the funded doctoral positionts for the period 2015-2018, 2016-2019, 2017-2020 and 2018-2021 can be found here.

Research Themes

  • Studies on the long-term development of basic competences (reading, mathematics and natural sciences), motivation, metacognition and social relations.
  • Studies on the possibilities of the new technology in the learning situations at schools, universities and working life as well as on the reflection of rapid technological and organisational changes for expertise development in different fields.
  • Studies on teaching and teacher education, e.g. research on teachers’ pedagogical thinking and ethical and moral challenges in teaching, on teaching and learning in different school subjects, and on multicultural education, immigrants’ educational paths, and learning and teaching from the perspective of cultural variety.

 Welcome to the University of Turku




“I think the best part of being an OPPI member is being a team member. Working in a group and receiving constant feedback, guidance and constructive criticism from colleagues and supervisors is extremely important and helpful in my work.”
Boglarka Brezovsky
Doctoral Candidate, Romania


20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

People search

Follow us: 
Facebook   Twitter   Instagram   Youtube   LinkedIn
© University of Turku