Dec 10, 2021: Closing panel

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:15-11:45 (UTC+2):
“Future of Education – to whom and for what?”

The last seminar of the lecture series is an online panel discussion addressing topical questions about the future trajectories of education in Finnish context with insightful scholars from Finnish universities. The panel comprises of short presentations from all experts, followed by questions and discussion.

Meet our panelists:

Katariina Mertanen
Dr Katariina Mertanen is a postdoctoral researcher from the AGORA for the Study of Social Justice and Equality in Education Research Centre, University of Helsinki. Her recent research focuses on the digitalisation, marketisation and privatisation of youth education with a special focus on global and local education policies.
Antti Saari
Antti Saari is an associate professor in Tampere University Faculty of Education and Culture. His main research interests include history and philosophy of education and curriculum studies. Saari’s studies on educational research and governance have analyzed how transnational discourses of educational research and expert knowledge are translated to practices of evaluation, classroom management, and the uses of instructional technology in Europe and the United States.
Petteri Hansen
Petteri Hansen works currently as a post-doctoral researcher in the PROFE-project (Projecting the Futures of Nordic Basic Education). From December 2021 onward, Hansen will be affiliated with Tampere Institute for Advanced Study. Before PROFE Hansen have worked in various tasks in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. His research interests focus on social systems theory, comparative policy studies in Nordic countries and education/schooling in next society.
Helena Hinke Dobrochinski Candido is an Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. She holds a PhD in Political Sociology and a Master’s degree in Regional Development. Her main research interest lies in comparative education, primarily focusing on education politics. She is particularly concerned with large-scale assessments and indicators as source of evidence for policymaking, the interface of public and private actors in education governance, marketization in education, equity and social justice. She currently leads a research project on Finnish education export (FEE), comprising the analysis of its social field and discursive formations, as well as the investigation of the effects of FEE in contexts that import education from Finland. The project is particularly concerned with the policy networks within FEE and the transformations enabled by them in the field of education. Helena’s primary geographical areas of research are Brazil and Finland.





















Suggested readings before the lecture:

Mertanen, K., Vainio, S. E., & Brunila, K. (forthcoming). Educating for the Future? Mapping the Emerging Lines of Precision Education Governance. Policy Futures in Education. Link will be added when the article is published.

Mertanen, K., Mäkelä, K. P., & Brunila, M. K. (2020). What’s the problem (represented to be) in Finnish youth policies and youth support systems? International Studies in Sociology of Education