Sirpa Tani


Description of research and teaching


Sirpa Tani is Professor of Geography and Environmental Education who has her academic background in cultural geography and urban studies: her PhD in 1995 dealt with cinematic representations of people-environment relationships in Finnish fiction films. Her research interests include multisensory, embodied and emotional place attachment, the role of public spaces in young people’s lives, and environmental education in urban settings. In the field of geography education, she has investigated the role of powerful disciplinary knowledge and human capabilities in enhancing young people’s well-being. She is also interested in discipline-based integration of teaching and in the possibilities of constructing links between subject-specific teaching, youth work and young people’s geographies.



Latest publications

  1. Arkiympäristöjen estetiikka ja lähelle katsomisen taito

    Tani, S., 9 Nov 2018, In : Sirene-blogi. 2018, 9.11.2018

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

  2. Global education for global understanding: the case of Finland

    Tani, S., Houtsonen, O. & Särkelä, E., 2018, Geography education for global understanding. Demirci, A., de Miguel González, R. & Bednarz, S. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer , p. 155-163 9 p. (International perspectives on geographical education).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  3. Powerful disciplinary knowledge and the status of geography in Finnish upper secondary schools: Teachers' views on recent changes

    Tani, S., Cantell, H. & Hilander, M., 2018, In : Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography. 7, 1, p. 5-16 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Ainedidaktiikan symposiumi 2019

    Sirpa Tani (Chair of organizing committee)
    8 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Ympäristö- ja kestävyyskasvatuksen tutkimus tieteiden välissä

    Sirpa Tani (Chair of organizing committee)
    14 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Charles University

    Sirpa Tani (Visiting researcher)
    3 Dec 20187 Dec 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

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Latest prizes

  1. Ragnar Hult -mitali

    Sirpa Tani (Recipient), 25 Oct 2018

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. GeoCapabilities 2: Teachers as Curriculum Leaders

    Lambert, D., Tani, S., Särkelä, E., Donert, K., Solem, M., Parkinson, A., Hawley, D., Kerrigan, K., Bustin, R. & Papoutsis, P.


    Project: Research project

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