My participatory ethnographic and intervention research focuses on adult-child interaction in early childhood and primary school settings. My life-long desire is to understand better and conceptualize how change happens: how do people develop and change the circumstances and communities in which they work and live together? What is the role of childhood for human agency? What kind of support do adults need in creating space for more heterogeneous ways of being for children in institutional settings? How does adult-child joint play support and enable children’s agency?
I study these questions with local teachers and children and in international research collaboration (PWCR, Playworld of Creative Research). I work as a Senior University Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki and hold the title of Docent in Educational Psychology. See also: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/cultural-historical-approaches-childrens-learning-and-development
I love bicycling and yoga, forests and trees, high places and sky, novels and poems, children’s stories and thoughts.