Photo of Sai Väyrynen

Sai Väyrynen

  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3A)



1988 …2020

Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

I have completed my school education and M.A (Ed.) degree in Finland, and PhD (Ed.) degree at the Canterbury Christ Church University College / University of Kent, UK, in 2005.

I have been working as a teacher at all levels of education, and as a special teacher in year grades 1-9. I have extensive working experience in teacher education (in-service and pre-service, on-the-job training), school development work and policy development for inclusive education.

Since 1995, I have been involved in working in the field of inclusive education. Between 1995-2001 I worked at UNESCO (Harare, Zimbabwe, and Paris, France) as a Programme Specialist responsible for the conceptual and practical development of Inclusive Education. This work involved policy advice to the Member States, mainly in Africa, as well as developing teacher education. 2002-2009 I have worked in South Africa and Tanzania in long term assignments in strategic development of Inclusive Education. During that period I have also been involved in developing inclusive education policies and strategies in Namibia and Eritrea. In Finland, I have worked in education cite development activities and in-service teacher education in the field of inclusive education.

2009 - 2015, I was responsible for the 60 ECTS studies in special needs education at the University of Lapland, Finland. These studies are targeted to teachers who will work in inclusive settings. Increasingly, I became involved also in developing university pedagogy, and inclusive early childhood education. In 11/2017 - 10/2020 I was on leave-on-absence as I was appointed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as Counsellor in education at the Embassy of Finland in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My duties included development co-operation in the education sector, and co-chairing the Education Sectot Technical Working Group - the coordination mechanism between the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the development partners.

My research interests are school development for inclusion, learners’ voices and inclusive pedagogy, as well as collaborative professional development for inclusion.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, University of Kent

Award Date: 18 Nov 2005

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Special Education
  • Inclusive Education

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.