Saarinen Taina, Director, research professor

Saarinen Taina, Director, research professor
RUU A320

Twitter: @tainasaarinen
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Educational systems and society research area
Higher Education Studies (HIEST) research team


As the director of the Finnish Institute for Educational Research I aim to support my colleagues to reach our jointly agreed goals and to find ways to conduct societally and academically interesting and relevant research. 

Research areas:

Higher education policy, internationalisation of higher education, languages in higher education, education policy, language education policy, language policy, academic wellbeing.


Crises, higher education leadership, and work: how can higher education institutions do better in crisis situations?  (The Finnish Work Environment Fund, 2023-2024, PI)

Effects of employment during studies in higher education (VN TEAS 2022-2023, partner)

The politics and ideologies of multilingual writing (NOS HS Workshop 2021-2023, PI)

AHJO - Individual and organisatory development of Academic wellbeing (JYPE funding 2019-2022, PI)

Geographies of Internationalization (DFF, Independent Research Fund Denmark 2019-2022, partner)

Previous projects:

Socially just higher education in new nationalist Finland (Jyväskylän yliopisto, professor's starting grant  2020-2021 and the Association of Finnish Non-fiction  Writers, , PI)

Times, spaces and discursive cycles of Finnish constitutional bilingualism: universities as sites of neo-nationalist language policies (Swedish Cultural Foundation 2018-2020, PI)

Language policy as Wibbly-Wobbly. Towards an understanding of multi-sited and situated language policy in higher education (Jyväskylän yliopisto 2014-2015, PI)

Internationalization and the invisible language? A language perspective into the Finnish higher education internationalization policy (Academy of Finland 2011-2013, PI)

Additional information:


Publications since 2002 (Converis register)

Older publications (before 2002)

Forthcoming publications

Short CV (January 2023)

List of publications (pdf, October 2020)

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