• Yliopistonkatu 3

    00014 Helsingin yliopisto


  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5A)




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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He is Director of the TENSION research group (diversities and interculturality in education) and Vice-Director of the SEDUCE doctoral school at Helsinki (Society, culture and education). Dervin also holds several professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Sweden. Prof. Dervin specializes in intercultural education, the sociology of multiculturalism and student and academic mobility. He has widely published in international journals on identity, the 'intercultural' and mobility/migration (over 100 articles and 50 books). Dervin is one of the most influential scholars and critical voices on intercultural communication education in Europe.

External positions

Chair Professor, Renmin Univ China, Renmin University of China

Sep 2016 → …

Guest Professor, Karlstad University

Feb 2016 → …

Adjunct Professor, University of Southern Queensland

Nov 2015 → …

Distinguished Professor, Baoji University of Arts & Sciences

May 2014 → …

Associate Professor, Taylor's university

May 2012 → …

Associate Professor, Université de Montréal

2012 → …

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • multicultural / intercultural education / teacher identity, hybrid student identity
  • Teacher education
  • higher education
  • internationalization of education
  • 6121 Languages
  • Applied linguistics, discourse studies, pragmatics
  • 5141 Sociology
  • multiculturalism
  • migration
  • mobility
  • identity

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Turbulence in intercultural communication education: does it affect Finnish higher education?

Dervin, F. & Tournebise, C., 2013, In : Intercultural Education. 24, 6, p. 532-543 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Impostures interculturelles

Translated title of the contribution: Intercultural hoaxesDervin, F., 1 Jan 2012, Paris: L'Harmattan. 137 p. (Logiques sociales)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Johdanto uuteen kulttuurienväliseen viestintään ja kasvatukseen

Translated title of the contribution: An Introduction to New Intercultural Communication and EducationDervin, F. & Keihäs, L., 2013, Turku: FERA Suomen kasvatustieteellinen seura. 160 p. (Kasvatusalan tutkimuksia; no. 63)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review



Grading Committee Member (arvolausetoimikunnan jäsen)

Kirsti Lonka (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group), Fred Dervin (Supervisor)
31 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Languages and internationalization in higher education

Deborah Clarke (Speaker: Presenter), Frederic Dervin (Speaker: Presenter)
25 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Hong Kong Baptist University (External organisation)

Fred Dervin (Board member)
Jan 2017

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

Schools: Studies in Education (Journal)

Fred Dervin (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

University Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Fred Dervin (Visiting researcher)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media

Interview by Deutschlandfunk

Fred Dervin


1 Media contribution

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Interview about my French book on China

Fred Dervin


1 Media contribution

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Article on book with Laura Keihäs in Finnish

Fred Dervin


1 Media contribution

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Confucius Institute video (Helsinki)

Fred Dervin


1 Media contribution

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