University of Turku

The University of Turku is an active academic community of 25.000 students and staff members among 7 faculties and 11 independent units. The Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE) founded in 2001 is a multidisciplinary research network under the Department of Education of Turku University. It carries out extensive multidisciplinary research on learning and education across the life course at national and international comparative levels. The research in the centre is based on the research traditions of lifelong learning and especially on the research traditions in sociology of education, policy of education, history of education, adult education, higher education and comparative education. The centre includes in average 15 interdisciplinary research projects and 30 researchers. CELE also leads and coordinates the Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences (FinEd), which includes eight universities in Finland. CELE and the Department of Education have been appointed as the part of Nordic Centre of Excellence in Justice through Education in Education for Tomorrow -programme (2013-2018) by NORFA.


Risto RinneRisto Rinne is professor of adult education and vice-dean (research) in the Faculty of Education as well as director of the Department of Education and CELE. He is also the director of FinED and a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Rinne has managed and taken part in over 60 research projects, most of which have been national and international collaborative projects. His multidisciplinary approach and research activities comprehensively cover the field of cultural and social science research, spanning the educational sciences, history, sociology, the politics of Higher Education and science and international comparative research on education.

Heikki SilvennoinenHeikki Silvennoinen works as a professor of sociology of education in the Department of Education and CELE. The scale of his research interests include selection in education and labour market, the connections between education and social class, the policies, discourses and practices of lifelong learning, the evaluation of education, and education policy. He is also a docent of Sociology of Education in the University of Helsinki.

Tero JärvinenTero Järvinen is an assistant professor, who has worked on the field of youth studies for 20 years and studied topics that are highly relevant to this project, such as early school leaving, educational choices, educational and labour market transitions, as well as educational and social exclusion of young people.


Jenni TikkanenJenni Tikkanen, M.A., is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Education at the University of Turku. Her doctoral dissertation, Institutional, Familial, and Individual Perspectives on Education, School, and Young People’s Future, falls under the fields of youth research, sociology of education, and comparative education. Her other research interests include European education systems and educational governance, educational choices and transitions, as well as social and regional segregation of schooling and education.


Tarita Riikonen works as a research coordinator in the Department of Education and CELE. Her researcher interest includes labour market transitions, practices of lifelong learning, professionalism, sociology of education and the politics of vocational and adult education.

Raakel Plamper (MA) is a doctoral candidate and a research assistant at the Department of Education at the University of Turku. Her research interests cover politics of higher education, academic work and history of universities. The doctoral dissertation will examine students’ position in the marketized universities.