Mari Simola

Person

Description of research and teaching

I am the education sociologist and organization researcher with the special interest in education organizations, strategic management and governance, affects and emotions and especially I am interested in theoretic and methodological approaches and change. 

PhD dissertation

The dissertation, Academy of Emotions – Analysis of the development work of higher education, is on about how the intertwining, formal and informal, hidden and visible, practices and policies meet at the development activities of the university teaching at European, national and local levels of organization and policymaking. The special emphasis has been on the affective and emotional dimension of the governance and development work. Theoretically my work draws on sociological governance studies, with links to organization and gender studies, and the affect theories. The dissertation is at its final stage. Besides working on my own dissertation, I have been involved in research projects.

Teaching
My experience on teaching at the University of Helsinki includes planning, teaching and evaluating courses for bachelor and master level students.

  • Finnish Education System from the Perspective of Comparative Education Research (Helsinki Summer School, 8.-23. Aug 2018, responsible teacher)
  • Kasvatustieteilijän toimintakentät (Course on professional and worklife skills for students in educational sciences; Faculty of Educational Sciences, spring 2017,2018, responsible teacher)
  • Qualitative research methods (several courses for Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Educational/Behavioural Sciences in 2011-2013)
  • Koulutussosiologia (Sociology of Education; Helsinki University Open University, spring 2010)

Courses in other higher education institutions: 

  • Project management
  • Change management 
  • Human resource development

Besides these courses, I have organized several workshops and seminars in Finland and internationally. The topics have varied from on how to study political and organizational dynamics to how to theorize and reach the emotional aspects of the education and teaching. 

The social involvement and impact of the research (selected)

  • Member of the Board of Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Finland (CHERIF ry), 2012-2015
  • Representative of doctoral students in the executive committee of the SEDUCE programme, Sep 2013 - Aug 2014, University of Helsinki,Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
  • Elected representative and member of the Academic Affairs Committee at the European Students’ Union, Brussels. 2011-2012
  • Member of the evaluation board, the European wide project The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space in the International University, 2012-2015

Academic affiliations

  • Member of Research Unit  on the Sociology and Politics of Education (KUPOLI, http://blogs.helsinki.fi/kupoli-unit/), a multidisciplinary group of senior and junior researchers. KUPOLI research themes cover a wide variety of issues and approaches on sociology of education, especially problematics of policy, politics, interaction and governance in basic and higher education. The central focus is on crossings and intertwinings of global, regional, national and local levels, including schools and families.
  • Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) Justice through education in the Nordic Countries (JustEd), (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/just-ed/) NCoE research is focused around the question: How do systems, cultures and actors in education enable and constrain justice in the context of globalizing Nordic welfare states? 
  • Member of The Finnish Doctoral Programme on Education and Learning, Subprogramme on Comparative Research on Educational Policy, Economy and Assessment (2007-2013), and because of the launch of university specific doctoral programmes in 2014, since then a member of Doctoral programme of School, Education, Society and Culture (SEDUCE). 
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Highlighted publications

  1. Kirje väitöskirjaansa aloittavalle jatko-opiskelijalle

    Simola, M., 2016, Tutkija elää : Essays on academic practice in Finnish and English . Räsänen, K. (ed.). Helsinki: Aalto-yliopisto, p. 64-82 19 p. (Aalto-yliopiston julkaisusarja Kauppa + Talous; no. 2/2016)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

  2. Higher Education Research in Finland - What's going on?

    Nokkala, T., Simola, M. & Friman, M., Oct 2016, In : Tiedepolitiikka. 41, 3, p. 6-8 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  3. Bolognan prosessi: Koulutuspoliittisten tavoitteiden ja toimenpiteiden sulatusuuni

    Huusko, M. & Simola, M., 2014, In : Tiedepolitiikka. 39, 1, p. 15-26 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. Ei pelkällä järjellä: Tunnekokemus näkökulmana yliopistoyhteisön hallinnan dynamiikkaan

    Simola, M., 2013, In : Tiedepolitiikka. 38, 1, p. 39-46 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  5. Irritable Emotions - Resistance to University Reforms

    Simola, M., 2012, In : Journal of the European Higher Education Area. 2012, 3, p. 105-124 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  6. Bologna With Students' Eyes

    Simola, M. (ed.), Malnes, M. (ed.) & Vuksanovic, N. (ed.), 2012, Brussels: European Students' Union.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

  7. Uusia avauksia muutoksen ja dynamiikan tutkimukseen

    Kauko, J. & Simola, M., 2013, In : Tiedepolitiikka. 2013, 1, p. 4-6 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  8. Tunnetta tulkitsemassa - tunteella

    Simola, M. K., 2010, In : Media ja viestintä. 33, 4, p. 109-112 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

  9. A dream well planned: discursive space and social positions in Finnish comprehensive education quality assurance

    Hannus, S., Kauko, J., Kynkäänniemi, H., Pitkänen, H., Simola, M., Varjo, J. & Väätäinen, E., 2010, Restructuring the truth of schooling: Essays on discursive practices in the sociology and politics of education : a Festschrift for Hannu Simola. Kauko, J., Rinne, R. & Kynkäänniemi, H. (eds.). Helsinki: Finnish Educational Research Association, p. 246-273 28 p. (Kasvatusalan tutkimuksia / Research in educational sciences; no. 48)

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

  10. Challenging but attractive: Action learning and PBL go to business school

    Herbert, A., Simola, M. & Stenfors, S., 9 Jun 2005, Unknown host publication.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Helsinki Summer School: Finnish Education System from the Perspective of Comparative Education Research

    Simola, M. (Teacher), Eriksson, S. (Teacher), Hinke Dobrochinski Candido, H. (Teacher), Kantasalmi, K. (Teacher), Niemi, H. (Teacher), Meri, M. (Teacher)
    8 Aug 201823 Aug 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

  2. IntlUni Erasmus Academic Network (External organisation)

    Simola, M. (Expert member)
    20122015

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  3. Korkeakoulututkimuksen seura (External organisation)

    Simola, M. (Board member)
    20122015

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  4. Finnish Association of Business Schools Graduates, (SEFE ry) (External organisation)

    Simola, M. (Member)
    1 Jan 201431 Dec 2015

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  5. European Students' Union (External organisation)

    Simola, M. (Member)
    19 Sep 201130 Jun 2012

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  6. European Students' Union (External organisation)

    Simola, M. (Expert)
    26 Apr 201227 Apr 2012

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  7. Danish School of Education, Århus University

    Simola, M. (Visiting researcher)
    31 Aug 200931 Jul 2010

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

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Highlighted prizes

  1. Apuraha väitöskirjatutkimukseen (18.000€)

    Mari Simola (Recipient), 23 Nov 2008

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Apuraha väitöskirjatutkimukseen (21.000 €)

    Mari Simola (Recipient), 27 Nov 2009

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Highlighted projects

  1. Tunteiden Akatemia. Emootiot korkeakoulutuksen kehittämistyössä

    Simola, M.

    01/01/2007 → …

    Project: Research project_Research

  2. Valta, ylikansalliset hallintajärjestelmät

    Simola, H., Kauko, J., Simola, M., Patanen, H., Rinne, R., Kallio, J., Jauhiainen, A. & Vanttaja, M.

    Unknown funder

    01/03/200731/12/2010

    Project: Research project

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Education

Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration

ID: 24446