“Eye-opening research” presented for important stakeholders in Espoo, Finland

After four years of research funded by the Academy of Finland for the project Parents and School Choice, researchers Sonja Kosunen, Piia Seppänen, and Professor Hannu Simola had the opportunity of presenting their findings for an important group of stakeholders in the city of Espoo. On spot were principals, members from the Education Committee and a member of the Board of Education in Espoo.

“This is a real eye-opener”, said Kaija Kalliola, a Member of the Board of Education in Espoo, “the research is truly praiseworthy, and the findings are extremely important for us. Although, this is not what we have been trying to achieve.”

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Anne-Marie Rapo, Principal at Espoo International School, and Sonja Kosunen, Researcher in JustEd team 1, caught in a discussion about school choices in the city of Espoo.

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Call for papers: JustEd Conference 8–9 March 2016 in Helsinki

We’re happy to welcome you to the 2nd Biennial JustEd Conference on 8–9 March 2016 in Helsinki. The conference will be arranged as a pre-conference in connection to the 44th NERA congress that will be held in Helsinki on 9–11 March 2016.

The theme for the JustEd pre-conference is ‘Actors for social justice in education’, and the focus is on the actors and their agency, negotiations, transgressions and practices of resistance at the policy, society, school, and classroom levels.

The conference welcomes abstracts from a variety of disciplines on social justice in education. Papers are especially encouraged (but not Limited) to explore the impact of various actors for social justice in education. Deadline for submission is 15 November.

Read about abstract submission, registration and more information about the programme at the JustEd pre-conference.


“Becoming a professor in neoliberal academia” – guest lecture at the University of Gothenburg

“To become a professor in Academia means struggling with constant ambivalences” says Associate Professor Kristiina Brunila at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, regarding the lecture she gave, as a visiting scholar, at the University of Gothenburg on 16 September.

Brunila is the leader of JustEd Theme 1, a member of the JustEd Executive board, and took part of the  JustEd Mobility Fellowships 2015.

Her presentation at the lecture was based on her recent book The Ambivalent Process of Becoming a Professor in the Neoliberal Academia (in press), a qualitative inquiry. Brunila says “the presentation, which is based on experiences of a young female professor and an article, is an experiment, a beginning of something hopefully different. It is about acknowledging the complexities of our intentions and actions in Academia. It is also a serious search for retaining political and ethical commitments.”

The main argument of the presentation was that the choices academics make stem not so much from the individual but from the condition of possibility.


Doctoral student positions at the University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programmes of School, Education, Society and Culture (SEDUCE) and Psychology, Learning and Communication (PsyCo) invite applications for doctoral student positions for a 1–4 year period starting from 1.1.2016. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee´s thesis.

More information on the doctoral student positions and the application process can be found at the University of Helsinki Open Positions page:
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions (Doctoral Student Faculty of Behavioural Sciences)

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