I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland (September 2018 to August 2021), as well as a visiting scholar at the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (August 2017 to July 2019).
The main interest in my work so far has been to think about the self-evidence of different cultural-educational notions in current discourses. ‘Research’ is one such notion: I have studied the history of research-based teacher education and the teacher-as-researcher in Finland, asking how ‘research’ contributes to the making of professional educators. My contention is that the presence of research in the curriculum of Finnish teacher education diminishes the possibilities for complicated conversations about education and schooling. However, this is not an argument against research-based teacher education. Rather, I suggest that there is much unexplored potential in the academic space of teacher education for engaging teachers with matters of concern.