Our international research team consists of researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Stockholm and Oxford, complemented by a brilliant advisory board, all experts in their fields.
Dr Arniika Kuusisto is the head of the Growing up radical? research project. Arniika works at the University of Stockholm as Professor in Child and Youth Studies. She is interested in children and young people's value learning trajectories, especially in the interplay between agency and socialization in children’s growing up contexts. Her research interests also include worldview education in different levels, and educator professionalism and sensitivity to diversities.
Saija Benjamin works in the Growing up radical? research project as a post-doctoral researcher. Within the larger study, her special focus is on the individual life trajectories, the socio-emotional development and the subjective meaning making of those young individuals who describe their worldview as "radical". With a teacher background, Saija is especially interested in the ways school education can support students' positive worldview construction by teaching democratic citizenship skills, such as critical and independent thinking, perspective taking, empathy and openness for diversity.
Pia-Maria Koirikivi, PhD, is a university lecturer in worldview education at the University of Helsinki (FIN) and works in the Growing up radical? research project as a post-doctoral researcher. Pia-Maria is especially interested in religious and political extremism, and the ways in these issues are addressed in formal education. As a teacher educator, she wants to increase knowledge about the ways in which young people experience the educational settings as places for discussing and developing their own worldviews. During 2018-2019 Pia-Maria was working as a visiting researcher at McGill University in Montreal (CA) with the grant provided by Alfred Kordelin's Foundation.
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Dr Liam Francis Gearon works as a supervisor and co-investigator in the Growing up radical? research project. Liam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. A philosopher and theorist of education, Liam is a specialist in critical, historical and contemporary analyses of education in multi-disciplinary contexts. He is interested in the historical determinants of counter-extremism in education and in the value learning and life history research in political and security contexts.
Professor Arto Kallioniemi, Professor of Religious Education, Unesco Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor Kallioniemi is an expert in worldview education, human rights education, and teacher training concerning these content areas. Dr. Kallioniemi supports the reserach team's data collection especially with his experience in quantitative analyses. Dr. Kallioniemi will also help the team to disseminate the findings to relevant educational insitutions and networks.
Dr Leena Malkki, University Lecturer, University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr Malkki is an expert in terrorism and political violence in western countries, history of terrorism, radicalisation and counterradicalisation, and school shootings. Dr. Malkki is also knowleable on Finnish policies on countering radicalisation and terrorism. Dr. Malkki supports the team especially with her knowledge related to terrorism studies and processes leading to violent extremism.
Professor Jenny Berglund, Stockholm University, Sweden
Professor Berglund is an expert in Islam and education and she also has a wide knowledge on research concerning comparative religions and educational institutions. Dr. Berglund's experise support the research team especially in issues related to minority religions in education.
Dr Veronika Honkasalo, Finnish Youth Research Network, Finland
Dr Honkasalo is an expert in multiculturalism in the lives of youth, gender studies, intergenerational and transnational relationships in young people's family and peer networks, youth work and policy. Dr. Honkasalo supports the project team especially with her knowledge on youth studies.