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Research interests

My research interests involve the variety of educational opportunities concerning social class, gender, migration or neighbourhoods. I have been studying the conceptual changes of equality, the patterns and forms of educational transitions, and the educational choices made among young people and their families. As a Docent in Sociology of Education I have edited several books and actively teach and supervice university students. I work at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and affiliate to the KUPOLI Research Unit focusing on the Sociology and Politics of Education. My current reserach project is Transit - Transit – Transition and educational trajectories of immigrant youth.

Education/Academic qualification

Valtiotieteiden tohtori , VTT


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

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

Selected Publications 2004 2019

Immigrant-origin youth and the indecisiveness of choice for upper secondary education in Finland

Kalalahti, M., Varjo, J. & Jahnukainen, M., 11 Sep 2017, In : Journal of youth studies. 20, 9, p. 1242–1262 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Dynamics in Education Politics: Understanding and explaining the Finnish case

Simola, H., Kauko, J., Varjo, J., Kalalahti, M. & Sahlström, F., 8 Mar 2017, London: Routledge. 158 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Selected Projects 2010 2020


Kasvatus-lehden vuoden 2012 tiedeartikkeli

Mira Miina Marjukka Kalalahti (Recipient), 22 Nov 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Selected Activities 2006 2019

  • 73 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 4 Editor of research anthology/collection/conference proceedings
  • 3 Public Talks
  • 1 Oral presentation


Janne Varjo (Speaker: Presenter), Mira Miina Marjukka Kalalahti (Speaker: Presenter)
27 Apr 20172 May 2017

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

Kasvatussosiologian vuosikirja (Journal)

Heikki Silvennoinen (Member of editorial board), Mira Miina Marjukka Kalalahti (Member of editorial board), Janne Varjo (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research anthology/collection/conference proceedings

Tasa-arvon muuttuvat merkitykset - Symposium

Mira Kalalahti (Member of organizing committee), Janne Tapani Varjo (Member of organizing committee), Heikki Silvennoinen (Attendee)
17 Nov 2016

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