The aim of our research is to understand educational phenomena and promote learning and teaching in the context of social change. In the last few years sustainable development has strengthened its position as the strategic focus of our faculty. It informs our future research in terms of social sustainability, equality and well-being.
We have two focuses in our research. The first one is learning and teaching as advocates of socially sustainable development. The research focuses on teacherhood, teaching, studying and learning processes and their planning and development. Our research aims to promote participation, social relations, diversity and locality in the changing operational environments in the Arctic and northern regions.
The second focus is education, work and equality in Arctic communities. The research is interdisciplinary and examines the agency of citizens of different generations from the point of view of intersecting differences. Our guiding principles are inclusion, equality and well-being.
Areas of research
Our focuses are realised in the following areas of research:
Learning and teaching as advocates of socially sustainable development
- Media pedagogy
- Sámi pedagogy
- Inclusive pedagogy
- Teacher research
- Feminist pedagogy
Education, work and equality in Arctic communities
- well-being of children and the youth
- well-being and participation in the media society
- states, opportunities and limitations of agency in working life and training
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The Faculty of Education is an efficient and nationally and internationally noteworthy project partner. Our strengths include education, training, learning and teaching in northern communities, participatory education and pedagogy that take differences into account, adult learning, well-being at work, and the well-being of children and the youth in northern regions.
Aims of our project activities
The aim of our project activities, carried out in collaboration with various national and international agents, is to strengthen educational research and research-based teaching.
Research and development projects can help us find solutions for numerous challenging practical issues. Projects generate knowledge and operational models that can be applied when developing training, education and various services, and when striving to prevent marginalisation.
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Our projects are carried out in close cooperation with various educational institutions, corporations, communities, the Arctic Centre and the Lapland University of Applied Sciences.
Instructions for doctoral studies
Read the following instructions on how to apply for doctoral studies and the general advice on the Graduate School web pages.
Our faculty's doctoral study guide provides you with information on the procedures and process of completing a doctoral dissertation and obtaining a doctoral degree in education.
Make your research plan
Make your personal study plan
Your application should be appended with a personal study plan. When making your plan, comply with the requirements of the doctoral programme under consideration. In each programme, you can take courses from the Graduate School's offer and from other programmes.
If you have already agreed on supervising, complete the supervising agreement.
To the online application system
The next application period is:
- in spring 17 February – 9 March 2020 by 15:00 local Finnish time.
The application period in autumn will be 1 October – 22 October 2020.
The dates and times are local Finnish time. If your application is successful, your study right begins either on 1 January or 1 August, depending on whether you applied in autumn or spring. It is possible to grant the study right at other times, but we require strong grounds – such as significant research funding requiring a doctoral study right – for making such an exception. Your study right application is addressed to the faculty relevant to your research.
Structure of a doctoral degree
The doctoral degree contains 240 study credits (ECTS). This considerable amount of work is divided into sections: the doctoral dissertation constitutes 180 credits, and studies constitute altogether 60 credits.
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