Sirpa Tani


Curriculum Vitae

Current Position:
Professor of Geography and Environmental Education (maantieteen ja ympäristökasvatuksen professori; 1 September 2004–, University of Helsinki)


Department of Teacher Education
PO Box 9, FI–00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: +358–9–19129572



Doctor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 15 December 1995
- Doctoral thesis in geography on cinematic representations of city and people

Degree in Education (advanced level), University of Helsinki, 24 September 2002
– Thesis on the geographical content in Environmental and Nature Studies

Licentiate of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 28 May 1993
–  Licentiate thesis in human geography
–  Major subject: Geography
–  Minor subject: Sociology

Master of Science, University of Joensuu, 11 May 1989
–  Master’s thesis on the meaning of home region and regional identity for secondary school students
–  Major subject: Geography
–  Minor subjects: Biology and Education
–  Subject Teacher in Geography and Biology

Matriculation Examination, Joutseno, 30 May 1981


Adjunct Professor:
Docent in Human Geography, University of Helsinki, 1999–


Positions held (recent years)

Senior Scientist, Academy of Finland (varttunut tutkija; 1 August 2009–31 July 2010)

Acting Professor of Geography and Environmental Education (maantieteen ja ympäristökasvatuksen professori, mvs.; 1 August 2003–31 August 2004); Department of Applied Sciences of Education (formerly Department of Teacher Education), University of Hel­sinki

Acting Professor of Biology and Geography Education (biologian ja maantieteen didaktiikan professori, mvs.; 1 August 2001–31 July 2003); Department of Teacher Education, University of Hel­sinki

Postdoctoral Researcher, Academy of Finland (tutkijatohtori; 1 August 1998–31 July 2001); Research project: City of Mindscapes: Subjective and Intersubjective Environmental Images

Visiting Research Fellow (vieraileva tutkija; 1 September 1999–31 August 2000)
Manchester Institute for Popular Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University

Lecturer in Geography (maantieteen lehtori; 1 September 1996–31 July 1998)
Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Geography education, primary and secondary, international perspectives

    Solem, M. & Tani, S. H. 2017 The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. Richardson, D. (ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  2. Accepted/In press

    Does the future of subject didactics look darker than its past? (editorial)

    Löfström, J. M. & Tani, S. H. 2016 In : Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education . 6, 2

    Publication: Contribution to journalB1 Unrefereed journal article

  3. E-pub ahead of print

    GeoCapabilities and curriculum leadership: Balancing the priorities of aims-based and knowledge-led curriculum thinking in schools

    Uhlenwinkel, A., Béneker, T., Bladh, G., Lambert, D. & Tani, S. H. 2016 In : International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Uppsala University (External organisation)

    Tani, S. (Board member)
    1 Jan 2017 → …

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

  2. University College London (External organisation)

    Tani, S. (Expert)
    11 Jan 2017

    Activity: MembershipAssessment of candidates for academic posts

  3. Vastaväitös Tampereen yliopiston johtamiskorkeakoulussa

    Tani, S. (Opponent)
    18 Mar 2016

    Activity: ExaminationOpponent of doctoral dissertation

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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., Butler, K., Bustin, R. & Papoutsis, P.


    Project: Research project

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