JustEd Mobility Fellowship brings Ulpukka from Helsinki to Reykjavik

By on 05.06.2016 in Mobility
JustEd team leader and University Lecturer at the Univeristy of Helsinki, Ulpukka Isopahkala-Buret, is visiting the University of Iceland in June.

JustEd team leader and University Lecturer at the Univeristy of Helsinki, Ulpukka Isopahkala-Buret, is visiting the University of Iceland in June.

Currently, JustEd member and team leader Ulpukka Isopahkala, is visiting the University of Iceland, as part of the JustEd Mobility Fellowship. During June she will be positioned with the doctoral students and post-docs in Hamar in the School of Education.

“My specific research topics include educational credentialing, age(ing) and gender, professional expertise, life course agency and career transitions. I have conducted empirical studies on these themes in various contexts such as workplaces, vocational education, and higher education”, Ulpukka lists.

Recently, Ulpukka has initiated a new project: ‘Reputational status hierarchies in Nordic higher education’ (Sep 2016 – Aug 2021), in which the purpose is to formulate a significant conceptual framework which will capture the reputational differences related to specific degree programmes in the Nordic higher education.

“The framework will explain how informal ‘grapevine knowledge’ on reputation and prestige produces institutional status hierarchies, which are known to be related to the production and reproduction of societal and educational inequalities,” says Ulpukka.

Cross-cutting themes and issues in the higher education

Ulpukka is also leading a Nordic collaboration within the NCoE JustEd, the ‘Cross-cutting themes and issues in the Nordic higher education research – with special focus on justice and equality in/through education’ project (Mar 2016 – Feb 2017).

“The overall focus of the collaboration between Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic partners is the effects that current changes in higher education have on educational opportunities and equality in regards to gender, academic/non-academic family background, immigration background, prior education etc., which has not thus far been extensively researched in the Nordic context,” Ulpukka says.

She has conducted research and has over time developed what might be describe as a cumulative research agenda.

“I am interested in social divisions embedded in curriculum, pedagogy and institutional profiles; status negotiations in different educational and occupational contexts; and education practices that have a potential to drive social change,” she says.

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About the Author: Journalist currently working as Communications Specialist at the Nordic Centre of Excellence "Justice through Education in the Nordic countries" and in NordForsk's programme "Education for Tomorrow". .

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