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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching


Sirpa Tani is Professor of Geography and Environmental Education who has her academic background in cultural geography and urban studies: her PhD in 1995 dealt with cinematic representations of people-environment relationships in Finnish fiction films. Her research interests include multisensory, embodied and emotional place attachment, the role of public spaces in young people’s lives, and environmental education in urban settings. In the field of geography education, she has investigated the role of powerful disciplinary knowledge and human capabilities in enhancing young people’s well-being. She is also interested in discipline-based integration of teaching and in the possibilities of constructing links between subject-specific teaching, youth work and young people’s geographies.


Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • subject education
  • environmental education
  • 1171 Geosciences
  • Cultural Geography
  • Urban Studies
  • children's geographies
  • 999 Others
  • youth studies

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.