Anu Kajamaa


Information om forskning och undervisning

Anu Kajamaa, PhD, is Adjunct Professor and Principal Investigator at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is Co-Leader of an expert group Learning, Culture and Interventions (LECI). Anu has been awarded several times for her research and teaching:

  • 2018 Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award, given by the Strategizing Activities and Practices interest group at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM), Chicago, US
  • 2017 The Best Research Paper Award, by the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE 2017) annual conference
  • 2015 The Adult Educator of the Year, by students of the Institute for Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, by Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).


Anu is currently in an Academy of Finland funded research project "Learning by Making: The Educational Potential of School-Based Makerspaces for Young Learners' Digital Competencies" (iMake). She is a staff member of the Playful Learning Center, which is an ecosystem for research, development and educational practices. She is also the Institutional Leader in an EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research project, entitled "Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services".


She is a passionate researcher, supervisor and a pedagogically qualified teacher who loves to carry out research based teaching. She takes active part to faculty development as a member in the Faculty Council and Faculty research committee at the Faculty of Education, Univ. of Helsinki. Her research focuses especially on organizational learning, change and development via interprofessional working and formative interventions. She is an expert in sociocultural- and practice based theories, qualitative research methods and participatory intervention techniques, drawing especially from cultural historical activity theory and the Change Laboratory method. Her current research contexts are primary schools, teacher education, health care and social care, and entrepreneurship hubs/Fabrication Laboratories.


Her work is highly international, she is a research group member in several national and international projects and consortiums (e.g. with Centre for Medical Education and Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA). She is one of the founders of the European Centre of Excellence in Qualitative Study and Inquiry in Training and Education, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She has been a visiting researcher and teacher in many universities and business schools, such as University of California, Berkeley, USA, McGill University, Canada, Columbia University, USA, Nancy-Metz Business School, France, ESSEC Business School, France, University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, University of California San Diego, USA and University of Otago, New Zealand.


Utbildning information

PhD, Docent


Senaste publikationer

  1. Makerspaces promoting students’ design thinking and collective knowledge creation: Examples from Canada and Finland

    Hughes, J. M., Morrison, L. J., Kajamaa, A. & Kumpulainen, K., 2019, Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation: 7th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2018, and 3rd EAI International Conference, DLI 2018, ICTCC 2018, Braga, Portugal, October 24-26, 2018, Proceedings. Brooks, A. L., Brooks, E. & Sylla, C. (red.). Cham: Springer , s. 343-352 10 s. (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; nr. 265).

    Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

  2. Motive-demand dynamics creating a social context for students’ learning experiences in a making and design environment

    Kumpulainen, P. K., Kajamaa, A. M. & Rajala, A. J., 2019, Cultural-historical approaches to studying learning and development: societal, institutional and personal perspectives. Edwards, A., Fleer, M. & Bottcher, L. (red.). SAGE Publications Ltd, Vol. 2018. s. 185-199

    Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

  3. !!Accepted/In press

    The Change Laboratory as a tool for collaboration and social innovation

    Hean, S., Lahtinen, P., Dugdale, W., Larsen, B. & Kajamaa, A., 2019, (!!Accepted/In press) Tverrprofesjonelt samarbeid, innovasjon og samskaping. Willumsen, E. & Ødegård, A. (red.). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget

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Senaste aktiviteter

  1. Klaus-Peter Schulz

    Anu Kajamaa (Värd)
    20 maj 201925 maj 2019

    Aktivitet: Typer för att vara värd för en besökareAkademiskt besök på HU

  2. Opponent for Doctoral candidate Maria Christidis

    Anu Kajamaa (Handledare)
    25 apr 2019

    Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperMedlem i doktorsavhandlingskommitté

  3. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction (Tidskrift)

    Anu Kajamaa (Referentgranskare)
    12 apr 2019

    Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

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Senaste projekt

  1. DigiChild: Nordic Research Network on Digitalising Childhoods funded by NOS HS/Academy of Finland

    Kumpulainen, K., Kajamaa, A., Erstad, O., Mäkitalo, Å., Drotner, K. & Jakobsdottir, S.


    Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

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