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 three latest projects she has worked as a responsible researcher: recruitments of professors (2020), evaluation of the four-stage career model in Finnish universities (2015) and academic careers in Finnish universities (2015-2016). After that, she was a researcher in a Academy of Finland -funded project "Exiting Academics in the Networked Knowledge Societies (EANKS)" (2016-2020). Currently she is a visiting researcher in the Tampere University, faculty of Management and Business. 

Siekkinen is a chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Finland (CHERIF) 2020-2021. She is also a board member in the Consortium of Higher Education Reserachers in Europe (CHER), as well as in the 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, academic management and managers, gender, collaboration between universities and other sectors, university policy, knowledge transfer and circulation.

Latest peer-reviewed publications: 

  • Pekkola, E., Siekkinen, T., Kanniainen, J-P., Kujala, E. & Laihonen, H. (2021) An assessment of COVID-19's impact on Finnish University Leadership. Knowledge Management Research & Practice.  Open Access.  
  • Pekkola, E., Piñheiro, R., Geschwind, L., Siekkinen, T., Pulkkinen, K. & Carvalho, T (2020) Nested Hybridity in Nordic Higher Education. In: Vakkuri, J. (Edits.) Hybrid governance, organisation and society: value creation and value capture. Routledge.
  • Nokkala, T., Bataille, P., Siekkinen, T. & Goastellec, G. (2020) Academic career, international mobility and the national gender regimes: comparison of Swiss and Finnish polities. In Weimer, Leasa; Nokkala, Terhi (Eds.) Universities as Political Institutions : Higher Education Institutions in the Middle of Academic, Economic and Social Pressures, Higher Education Research in the 21st Century Series, 12. Leiden: Brill Sense, 262-286. DOI: 10.1163/9789004422582_012
  • Vellamo, T., Pekkola, E., Siekkinen, T. & Yuzho, C. (2020) Technical identity in a merger process – between a rock and a hard place. In: Geshwind, L., Broström, A. & Larsen, K. (Edits) Technical universities – past, present and future. Springer, Higher Education Dynamics series.
  • 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.  
  • 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.


  • Professoreiden rekrytoinnit. 2020. Professoriliitto. Loppuraportti täältä
  • 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)