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Personal profile

Research interests

I work as a Collegium Researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), and at the Department of Education, at the University of Turku years 2020-2022. I have a title of a Docent in Sociology of Education at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Science. 

My research interests involve the variety of educational opportunities concerning social class, gender, migration and agency. I have been studying the conceptual changes of equality, the patterns and forms of educational transitions and career guidance, and the educational choices made among young people and their families. I am in several editorial boards and teach and supervice university students. At the University of Helsinki I am affiliated to the Research group focusing on the governance of career guidance (GUIDE) and KUPOLI Research Unit focusing on the Sociology and Politics of Education.

Education/Academic qualification

Valtiotieteiden tohtori , VTT

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Sociology of Education
  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Education politics
  • 5142 Social policy
  • Governance of career guidance


The reasoning behind the envisioned educational trajectories of young people from Finnish and immigrant origins

Varjo, J., Kalalahti, M. & Jahnukainen, M., 21 Feb 2020, In : Education Inquiry. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Educational trajectories of immigrant-origin youths in Finland: A mixed methods analysis

Holmberg, L., Kalalahti, M., Varjo, J., Kivirauma, J., Mäkelä, M-L., Saarinen, M., Zacheus, T. & Jahnukainen, M., Dec 2018, In : Journal of education and work. 31, 7-8, p. 563-578 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Oma paikka haussa: Maahanmuuttotaustaiset nuoret ja koulutus

Jahnukainen, M. (ed.), Kalalahti, M. (ed.) & Kivirauma, J. (ed.), 24 Oct 2019, Helsinki: Gaudeamus. 348 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

The art of governing local education markets – municipalities and school choice in Finland

Varjo, J. & Kalalahti, M., 28 Mar 2019, In : Education Inquiry. 10, 2, p. 151–165 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access



Kasvatus-lehden vuoden 2012 tiedeartikkeli

Mira Kalalahti (Recipient), 22 Nov 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards


Universalism and diversity in the Finnish comprehensive school

Mira Kalalahti (Speaker)
8 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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

Nuorisotutkimus (Journal)

Mira Kalalahti (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2019 → …

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

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)

Mira Kalalahti (Reviewer)
15 Mar 2020

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