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Description of research and teaching

I investigate how cooperation expands into inter-professional collaboration, polycontextual knowledge creation and a figured world of its own in learning networks crossing professional, organisational and municipality boundaries. The context is a forum for professional development in welfare services and deals with family mediation work. I combine expansive learning theory and cultural-historical activity theory with social work practice research. The study augments from a broader perspective both theory building and the development of work practices in diverse contexts. It links to the fields of knowledge production in social work and enhancing social work expertise. My overarching interest is to contribute to the understanding of processes that enables inter-professional collaboration.

Fields of Science

  • 5145 Social work
  • boundary crossing collaboration
  • Professional Development
  • knowledge creation
  • family mediation
  • divorce and parenting

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


Perheasioiden sovittelun historia ja nykytila sosiaalihuollon osana

Bergman-Pyykkönen, M., Haavisto, V. & Karvinen-Niinikoski, S., 14 Feb 2020, Sosiaalityön käänteet. Moilanen, J., Annola, J. & Satka, M. (eds.). Jyväskylä: SoPhi, p. 141-169 29 p. (SoPhi; vol. 144).

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

Open Access

Towards interprofessionality in developing family mediation in Finland

Bergman-Pyykkönen, M., 12 Jan 2017, In : Social work education. 36, 5, p. 575-590 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access



  • 2 Oral presentation

When a law is not enough - developing family mediation in interprofessional collaborations

Marina Bergman-Pyykkönen (Speaker), , Vaula Haavisto (Speaker), & Synnöve Karvinen-Niinikoski (Speaker)

12 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Constructing power relations in boundary crossing collaboration

Marina Bergman-Pyykkönen (Speaker)

21 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation