• PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3A)




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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Pia Koirikivi (Niemi), PhD, MTh works as university lecturer at the Department of Educational Sciences (University of Helsinki) where she conducts research especially related to personal and environmental factors promoting students' sense of belonging and wellbeing in schools. Her research interests include particularly the ways in which schools, teacher education, and students address issues related to different types of values, attitudes, and worldviews both in and through education.

Pia teaches several under-graduate courses for future classroom teachers, subject teachers, and early childhood educators as well as supervises doctoral dissertations in the field of educational sciences. Pia spent the academic year of 2018-2019 at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) where she worked as a visiting professor and collaborated with several research groups focusing on the prevention of violent extremism through education. The year-long visit was funded by a grant provided by Alfred Kordelin's Foundation. 

During 2018-2022 Pia is on reacher-leave working in the project Growing Up Radical?, funded by the Academy of Finland, where she works as a full-time post-doctoral reseacher. The international project is focused on increasing knowledge about the role of educational institutions in guiding young people's worldview and preventing violent extremism. Project website: www.helsinki.fi/growing-up-radical 

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • School belonging
  • Religious education
  • Extremism
  • Diversity
  • Learning
  • Worldview education
  • Wellbeing

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


Including or Excluding Religion and Worldviews in Schools? Finnish Teachers' and Teacher Students' Perceptions

Niemi, P-M., Kimanen, A. & Kallioniemi, A., 2 Jan 2020, In : Journal of beliefs and values. 41, 1, p. 114-128 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

International student teachers as intercultural experts?

Hahl, K. & Koirikivi, P., 16 Apr 2020, Intercultural Competence in the Work of Teachers: Confronting Ideologies and Practices. Dervin, F., Moloney, R. & Simpson, A. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 175-196 22 p.

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

Open Access

Lukiolaisnuorten käsityksiä oppilaitosten roolista väkivaltaisen radikalisoitumisen ennaltaehkäisyssä

Benjamin, S., Koirikivi, P. & Kuusisto, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Kasvatus.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Prevention of violent radicalisation and extremism in the education sector

Vallinkoski, K., Benjamin, S. & Koirikivi, P., Apr 2020, National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism 2019-2023. Sisäministeriö, Vol. Publications of the Ministry of the Interior 2020:3. p. 74-81

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access



Nuoren identiteetti ja ekstremismi - näkökulmia Suomesta

Pia Koirikivi (née Niemi) (Invited speaker), Saija Benjamin (Invited speaker)
15 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Radical Web -hankkeen ohjausryhmäjäsenyys

Katja Vallinkoski (Advisor), Saija Benjamin (Advisor), Pia Koirikivi (née Niemi) (Advisor)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Identities and Resilience in Times of Enhanced Nationalisms:Perspectives from Finland and the UK

Liam Gearon (Chair of organizing committee), Saija Benjamin (Member of organizing committee), Pia Koirikivi (née Niemi) (Member of organizing committee), Arniika Kuusisto (Member of organizing committee), Arto Kallioniemi (Speaker: Presenter)
25 Oct 2019

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

THL (Publisher)

Pia Koirikivi (née Niemi) (Reviewer)
10 Sep 2019

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

Minun silmin Sinun silmin (IC Thinking) ohjaajakoulutuksen peruskurssi

Saija Benjamin (Attendee), Pia Koirikivi (née Niemi) (Attendee), Katja Vallinkoski (Attendee)
4 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

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

Press / Media

Koulun juhlat / School celebrations

Pia-Maria Johanna Niemi


3 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media