Siekkinen Taru, researcher

Siekkinen Taru, researcher
RUU A325.1

Taru Siekkinen is M.Sc (sociology) and doctoral student (FT, adult education) in Finnish Institute for Educational research. She belongs to the research area "Educational Systems and Society" and to the research team "Higher Education Studies". She has been working in FIER since 2012 and has been in several research projects related mainly to the higher education research. 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). Her current research project is Academy of Finland -funded project "Exiting Academics in the Networked Knowledge Societies (EANKS)". Siekkinen is also doing her doctoral thesis related to changing academic profession, academic work and careers. 

Siekkinen is a student representative in ESA - European Sociological Association's research network's Sociology of Professions RN19 board. She is also a PhD student representative in the ethical committee of the University of Jyväskylä, and the secretary of Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Finland (CHERIF). 

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

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7853-9979

Latest publications: 

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2018.1548941
  • 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. http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/104274  
  • Aittola, H., Siekkinen, T. ja Välimaa, J. (2018). Työelämälähtöinen avoin korkeakouluopetus (AVOT) –hankkeen arviointi. Loppuraportti. https://ktl.jyu.fi/fi/hankkeet/avot/avot_arvioinnin-loppuraportti.pdf
  • Pekkola, Siekkinen, Kivistö & Lyytinen. 2017. Management and academic profession: comparing the Finnish professors with and without management positions. Studies in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1294578
  • Kivistö, Pekkola & Siekkinen. 2017. Latest reforms in Finnish doctoral education in light of recent European developments. European Journal of Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2017.1290881
  • Siekkinen, Kuoppala, Pekkola & Välimaa. 2016. Reciprocal commitment in academic careers? Finnish implications and international trends. European Journal of Higher Eduation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21568235.2016.1248990.
  • Siekkinen, Pekkola & Kivistö. 2016. Recruitments in Finnish universities: practicing strategic or pathetic HRM? Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/nstep.v2.32316


  • 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)