About teaching

“Academic work and teaching in academia are going through major changes in the neoliberal ethos. I am constantly trying to look for ways to  bring criticality and resistance/homo politicus back to life through teaching.”


Teaching is something I consider valuable and satisfactory. I have taught since 2001 from the undergraduate to graduate level, in academic further education and in adult education. I have also taught PhD courses. During the past years, I have given various lectures in universities, enterprises, foundations, ministries, parliament, adult education organisations and in various occasions arranged by EU-funded projects.The feedback from students has been repeatedly very positive, with students characterising me as an encouraging, inspiring teacher.

My teaching philosophy is based on the idea that knowledge is formed collectively. My most important tool is discussion, which means more than having a conversation. Discussion means focusing on the development of knowledge. For example discussion related to social justice in education and in working life must be mutually responsive to the different views of those taking part in the discussion.

The best feedback from students is when they tell me how they have learned to think more critically, to acknowledge and challenge prevailing situations, for example from the perspective of inequalities so that they can do something about them.

See my interview by our students in ‘Fuksiblogi’ (in Finnish):


Courses and Lectures (Undergraduate Level)

  • Introduction to Educational Sciences
  • Education, Society, and Culture
  • Research-Based Critical Thinking
  • Education, Culture and Society
  • Education, Working Life and Equality
  • Bachelor’s Thesis Seminar

Courses and Lectures (Graduate Level)

  • Qualitative Research
  • Deconstructive Reading
  • Discursive Analysis
  • Genealogical Analysis
  • Master’s Thesis Seminar

Selected Topics Taught at Undergraduate and Graduate Level

  • Neoliberal ethos and University
  • Sociology of education in an Era of Uncertainties
  • Lifelong Learning and New Governance
  • Social Justice and Equality in Education
  • Marketisation and Projectisation of Educational Politics and Practices
  • Penology and Education
  • Equality and Social Justice in Education and Working Life
  • The Therapisation in Education of Children, Youth and Adults
  • Theoretisation of Agency and Power in Education in the Era of Knowledge Capitalism
  • Training of Youth at Risk

Doctoral Training Opportunities

  • Critical thinking and post-methodologies in education
  • Scientific writing and Academicity
  • Recalling Political in Research
  • Activism and Academia

A therapeutic turn in education policy and practices -seminar


A new research centre is established

AGORA for the Study of Social Justice and Equality in Education -research centre will organize several academic workshops during the Autumn. Please see the calendar for updated info:


Bringing critical thinking into life in the academia -workshop was a success!

Rhizome of Critical Studies in Education of Adults -Network and AGORA-research centre coordinated an international and multidisciplinary 1-year Workshop providing a unique opportunity to gain new understanding and foster critical thinking in teaching and research in the Academia.

The Workshop was built around enthusiastic, appraised and well-known guest lecturers who provided presentations in various areas related to critical thinking. To involve all the participants in the process, dynamic group-work and non-formal ways of learning are used in addition.

During the process participants engaged in the  following questions:

  • What does it mean to be critical in the Academia?
  • What are the conditions that foster critical thinking?
  • How can critical thinking be put into work in teaching and research?

Please see further info:



Teachers’ academy – a network of university teachers

The University of Helsinki established a teachers’ academy — a network of university teachers recognised for their merits in the development of teaching. 30 founding members of the Academy have been selected – and I was one of them :).


Innformation about all of us: