Critical Perspectives to Global Mental Health

Welcome to discuss and reflect critical perspectives to global mental health, with a special focus on young people and education on Monday 14 October 2019, at 9-12, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, Athena, seminar room 302.

The event is organized by CoSupport research project (Academy of Finland)

Registration by 10 October 2019:

Invited keynote speakers are Sami Timimi and China Mills. Sami Timimi is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child Psychiatry and Mental Health Improvement at the University of Lincoln, UK. China Mills is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the City, University of London, and the Principal Investigator on a British Academy grant looking at the ‘social life’ of global mental health technologies designed to be used all over the world.


9:15-9:30       Opening words, Kristiina Brunila

9:30-10:15     Keynote: Culture, mental health and growing up, Sami Timimi

10:15-10:45   Commentator Juho Honkasilta + Discussion

10:45-11:30   Keynote: Diagnostic liquidity and global mental health, China Mills

11:30-12:00   Commentator Tuuli Kurki + Discussion

For more information:

Follow our event online: Future Trajectories of Education in Uncertain Times

AGORA Research Centre, FuturEd-research project, Education & Society-research community and Faculty of Educational Sciences are co-organizing a two-day event Future Trajectories of Education in Uncertain Times, which is about to begin now!
We kindly remind you that you are also most welcome to follow the event online HERE.

Monday 23 September at 12 pm–4 pm
12:15 pm Dean and Professor Johanna Mäkelä: Why the future of education matters
12:25 pm Associate professor Kristiina Brunila: The rise of precision education and why we should care
12:45–2 pm Professor Fazal Rizvi: Global transformations and educational futures
Commentator Dr. Johanna Sitomaniemi-San
Coffee break
2:15–3:30 pm Dr. Ben Williamson:  Data-intensive technology and life-sensitive science: neurotechnologies, bioinformatics & precision education
Commentator Associate professor Nelli Piattoeva
3:30–4 pm Open discussion
Tuesday 24 September at 10 am–3 pm
10–11:15 am Professor Malin Ideland: Google and the end of the teacher? How edu-tech business actors imagine future education
Commentator Associate professor Janne Varjo
11:15 am–12:30 pm Dr. Satu Valkonen & Dr. Jaana Pesonen: Privatisation and marketisation of early childhood education in Finland
Commentator PhD researcher Marjo Mäntyjärvi
12:30–12:40 pm Closure

In the FuturEd-project, we are interested in future trajectories of education in the Nordic countries.

We use the concept of precision education to study some of the on-going and future changes in education. These changes relate to new networks of private, public and third sector actors, new paradigms, and new ideas of knowledge, services and products, and changing cultures and practices of education in terms of democracy.

Fall greetings from AGORA

AGORA’s autumn is filled with interesting events, seminars and visitors, and you are welcome to join our activities! Please find below what is happening in the near future:

Future Trajectories of the Precision Education Governance (FuturEd)-project together with the Education & Society-research community and Department of Education is co-organising an event Future Trajectories of Education in Uncertain Times on 23-24 September 2019 at Minerva-plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5A. You are most welcome to discuss with researchers, policy-makers and educational professionals, how global transformations, marketization and privatisation, edu-tech business, dataintensive technologies and precision education are currently changing cultures and practices of education globally and in Finland. The seminar will also be streamed so you can also follow the seminar online at Unitube.

We are also proud to welcome visiting scholars during September and October. Dr. Johanna Sitomaniemi-San (University of Oulu) will be joining AGORA on 23-27 September 2019. Here is how Dr. Sitomaniemi-San describes her current work: “I situate my own work most comfortably (yet not exclusively) in the fields of curriculum studies and history of education. I am currently working on a three-year post-doctoral research project, ‘Dividing the World through Wonder: How We Became Curious,’ that is funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2021). It is a project about the Western cultural-education notion of ‘curiosity:’ the self-evidence of it in the making of the learner, child and global citizen; the entangled discourses and histories of education, travel and science that it is embedded in; the colonial residues it perpetuates; and the multiple affectivities around it.” During her stay Dr. Sitomaniemi-San will be joining AGORA’s activities to discuss more about her research.

On 14th October 2019 Dr. Tuuli Kurki and Dr. Juho Honkasilta are organizing a seminar Critical perspectives to global mental health. The seminar is part of the CoSupport-project that is funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2021). Place and time: 9:00-12:00, Seminar room 302, Athena building, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, Helsinki. The invited keynote speakers are Sami Timimi (University of Lincoln) and China Mills (City, University of London). Register to the seminar here:

AGORA also has a new research coordinator! I am Dr. Sanna Toiviainen and my professional and research background is in career guidance and sociology of education. I completed my PhD last spring 2019 at the University of Eastern Finland in the School of Educational Sciences and Psychology. My PhD focused on the life narratives of North-Carelian young adults categorised as ‘NEET’ and the institutional support networks and career guidance practices surrounding them. I have also worked as a researcher in national development projects of guidance and counselling at basic school and upper secondary school levels. I have also participated in the national core curriculum design of guidance and counselling. Please see most updated info about my research in Researchgate and

During this autumn we will begin to make some reforms in AGORA research centre. In the meanwhile you are more than welcome to follow us in Facebook (AGORA for the Study of Social Justice & Equality in Education) and Twitter @AGORAsocjust.