Research profile

Research at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki focuses on human growth, development, behaviour and learning. Researchers examine their topics from various perspectives, including the social, communal and individual. Research objects are educational systems, learning environments and learners. Our research aims towards the realisation of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world. 

Education, society and culture

  • Finnish schools and education policy, schooling and education, work, organisations and development, action, agency and inclusion, equality, gender and global responsibility, skills, design and art in variable forms

Learning and interaction

  • Curriculum design, learning, teaching, learning environments, learning how to learn, learning difficulties, development, interaction, innovative methods, discipline-based learning or subject didactics, community learning and expertise

Hu­man Mind in Changing World

Faculty of Educational Sciences' "Learning in the Digital World (LEAD)" is one of the five focus areas of the strategic research area "The human mind in changing world".

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)

Faculty of Educational Sciences is one of the HELSUS Faculties.


The Nordic Centre of Excellence on Justice through Education, coordinated by the University of Helsinki and funded by NordForsk in 2013–2018, had 140 researchers from nine countries.