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Maria Pietilä


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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I currently work as postdoctoral researcher in the discipline of political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Helsinki. I completed my PhD at the University of Helsinki in May, 2018. In my dissertation Making Finnish universities complete organisations : Aims and tensions in establishing tenure track and research profiles, I examined the transformation of Finnish university organisations. In particular, I focused on two policy reforms – the introduction of so-called tenure track career systems and research profiles.

My postdoctoral research is related to the Nordic Centre of Excellence NORDICORE, funded by NordForsk. NORDICORE is a five-year project and a consortium of 27 researchers in the Nordic countries.  NORDICORE studies key issues that can help us understand and explain what promotes and inhibits gender balance and gender equality within academia and research. In the project, we aim to map and evaluate gender equality policies implemented in academic institutions in three Nordic countries: Finland, Sweden and Norway.

In 2018, I teach in the bachelor’s seminar course for students in political science, public administration, and organisation studies.

Recent publications

Pietilä, M. (2018). Making Finnish universities complete organisations: Aims and tensions in establishing tenure track and research profiles. Academic dissertation. Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies.

Pietilä, Maria. (2017). Incentivising academics: Experiences and expectations of the tenure track in Finland. E-print ahead of publication, Studies in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1405250.

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science

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

Publications 2009 2019

Incentivising academics: experiences and expectations of the tenure track in Finland

Pietilä, M., 3 Jun 2019, In : Studies in Higher Education. 44, 6, p. 932-945 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Role of Research and Knowledge Creation in Higher Education (Finland)

Pietilä, M. & Hakala, J., 2019, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. Kauko, J. & Jacob, W. J. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic

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

Final Workshop and Summary Report D5.3 of the PE2020 project

Matschoss, K. J., Rask, M. T., Aarrevaara, T., d'Andrea, L., Dobson, I. R., Feudo, F., Mačiukaitė-Žvinienė, S., Pietilä, M. S., Pulkkinen, K. & Wikström, J. O., 31 Jan 2017, Helsinki: University of Helsinki & European Union. 47 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Projects 2010 2021

Activities 2010 2019

Research seminar at the University of Agder

Maria Pietilä (Speaker: Presenter)
26 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Institute for Social Research

Maria Pietilä (Visiting researcher)
28 Jan 20191 Mar 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Research seminar at NIFU

Maria Pietilä (Speaker: Presenter)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

European Journal of Higher Education (Journal)

Maria Pietilä (Reviewer)
Jun 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Työelämän tutkimuspäivät

Maria Pietilä (Speaker: Presenter)
1 Nov 20182 Nov 2018

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