Janne Varjo

Associate professor (tenure track), Education, society and culture

  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 1B)



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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Currently I am working as an associate professor (tenure track; Education, society and culture) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, and more particularly within the Research Unit focusing on the Sociology and Politics of Education (KUPOLI).

After my doctoral thesis Drafting Education Legislation for the Competitive State – The Parliament of Finland and the 1990s Change in Education Policy (2007) I have worked / am working in six research projects altogether, in three of them as a principal investigator. All of these projects are closely connected to issues of educational equality and governance of education – the range of objects of inquiry varying from nation states to social classes, and from municipalities to ethnic groups.

In terms of teaching, my repertoire as a lecturer consist of a wide variety of courses since 2008. They are built upon general themes on sociology, history, administration and economics of education.


  • 516 Educational sciences

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

Publications 1994 2019

Ajatuksia tiedejulkaisemisen kielipoliittisesta ulottuvuudesta

Varjo, J., 15 May 2019, In : Kasvatus. 50, 2, p. 103-106 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Discrimination, harassment and racism in Finnish lower secondary schools

Zacheus, T., Kalalahti, M. M. M., Varjo, J. T., Saarinen, M. K., Jahnukainen, M. T., Mäkelä, M-L. & Kivirauma, J., 4 Apr 2019, In : Nordic Journal of Migration Research. 9, 1, p. 81-98 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Mistä puhumme, kun puhumme koulutuksen arvioinnista?

Varjo, J., 22 Mar 2019, In : Kasvatus. 50, 1, p. 3-5 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Open Access

Overview of Primary Education (Finland)

Varjo, J. T., Kalalahti, M. M. M. & Kauko, J., 2 Apr 2019, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. Bloomsbury

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Projects 2006 2019


Michael Faraday -palkinto

Janne Varjo (Recipient), 12 Apr 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2003 2019

Towards Resilient Nordic Welfare states

Mira Miina Marjukka Kalalahti (Speaker: Presenter), Janne Varjo (Speaker: Presenter)
14 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

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

Muuttuva toimintaympäristö

Janne Varjo (Speaker)
11 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Mira Güntherin pro gradu -työn ohjaus

Janne Varjo (Supervisor)
20 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Hannele Pitkäsen väitöskirjan ohjaaja

Janne Varjo (Supervisor)
29 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Umeå University

Janne Varjo (Visiting researcher), Mira Miina Marjukka Kalalahti (Visiting researcher)
9 Apr 201916 Apr 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media

Tutkimusta koulutuksen, yhteiskunnan ja kulttuurin alueella

Janne Varjo


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

15-vuotias valintojen edessä.

Janne Varjo


1 media contribution

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Ajatusten Tonava

Janne Varjo


1 item of media coverage

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Janne Varjo Kasvatuksen päätoimittajaksi

Janne Varjo


1 media contribution

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