Siekkinen Taru, Postdoctoral researcher

Siekkinen Taru, Postdoctoral researcher
RUU A325.1


Doctoral dissertation: The changing relationship between the academic profession and universities in Finnish higher education. 

Taru Siekkinen has been working in FIER since 2012 in several research projects related to the higher education research. Siekkinen is M.Sc (sociology) and had a doctoral degree in 2019. She belongs to the research area "Educational Systems and Society" and to the research team "Higher Education Studies". In her two latest projects she has worked as a responsible researcher: evaluation of the four-stage career model in Finnish universities (2015) and academic careers in Finnish universities (2015-2016). Currently she is a researcher in a Academy of Finland -funded project "Exiting Academics in the Networked Knowledge Societies (EANKS)"

Siekkinen was elected as a chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Finland (CHERIF) 2020-2021. She is also a PhD student representative in ESA - European Sociological Association's research network's Sociology of Professions RN19 board. In addition, she works at the ethical committee of the University of Jyväskylä.

Her research interests are related to academic profession, academic careers, recruitment and academic work, women's careers in academia, collaboration between universities and other sectors, university policy, knowledge transfer and circulation, and human resource management (HRM).

Latest publications: 

  • Siekkinen, T. (2019.) The changing relationship between the academic profession and universities in Finnish higher education. Studies 35, Academic dissertation, Finnish Institute for Educational Reserach.
  • Siekkinen, T., Pekkola, E & Carvalho, T. (2019) Change and continuity in academic profession - Finnish Universities as living labs. Higher Education, online first.
  • Vellamo, T., Pekkola, E & Siekkinen, T. (2019) Technical education in jeopardy? - The risks of interdisciplinary faculty structure in a university merger. In: Sørensen, M.P., Geschwind, L., Kekäle, J. & Pinheiro, R. (Edits.) The Responsible University: Exploring the Nordic Context and Beyond. Springer – Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Aarnikoivu, M., Nokkala, T., Siekkinen, T., Kuoppala, K. & Pekkola, E. (2019) Working outside academia? Perceptions of early-career, fixed-term researchers of changing careers. European Journal of Higher Education. Online 11 January 2019.
  • Pekkola, E., Carvalho, T., Siekkinen, T., & Johansson, J.-E. (2018). The sociology of professions and the study of the academic profession. In E. Pekkola, J. Kivistö, V. Kohtamäki, Y. Cai, & A. Lyytinen (Eds.), Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Higher Education Management and Transformation : An advanced reader for PhD students (pp. 121-150). Tampere, Finland: Tampere University Press.  
  • Aittola, H., Siekkinen, T. ja Välimaa, J. (2018). Työelämälähtöinen avoin korkeakouluopetus (AVOT) –hankkeen arviointi. Loppuraportti.
  • Pekkola, Siekkinen, Kivistö & Lyytinen. 2017. Management and academic profession: comparing the Finnish professors with and without management positions. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Kivistö, Pekkola & Siekkinen. 2017. Latest reforms in Finnish doctoral education in light of recent European developments. European Journal of Higher Education.
  • Siekkinen, Kuoppala, Pekkola & Välimaa. 2016. Reciprocal commitment in academic careers? Finnish implications and international trends. European Journal of Higher Eduation.
  • Siekkinen, Pekkola & Kivistö. 2016. Recruitments in Finnish universities: practicing strategic or pathetic HRM? Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy.


  • EANKS- Exiting Academics in Networked Knowledge Societies. Funded by the Finnish Academy. 2016-2020. 
  • AVOT - developing the open higher education in Finland. 
  • Researcher Careers in Finnish Universities. Funded my the Work Environment Fund. 2015-2016. The final report is available from here (in Finnish)
  • Evaluation of the four-stage career model in Finnish universities. Funded by the Finnish Ministry of the Education and Culture. 2015. The final report is available from here (in Finnish)