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Description of research and teaching

Ph.D., Docent Venla Bernelius is an Urban Geographer, whose particular research interest is the relationship between spatial socio-economic and ethnic segregation and the educational opportunities of young people. Her work deals broadly with the issues of urban segregation, educational outcomes, school choices, immigration, social deprivation, neighbourhood effects and creative cities.

Bernelius is specialized in quantitative research methods and geographical information systems, and is interested in creating bridges between different disciplines and research traditions, as well as between research and practice. The results of her former projects have also been applied to practice, as the City of Helsinki currently uses a school funding model, which is based on her work in modelling the educational challenges created by the school catchment area demographics.

Curriculum vitae

Venla Bernelius is an Urban Geographer, who is currently finalizing her Ph.D. thesis on urban segregation, schools and neighbourhood effects in Helsinki. She is particularly interested on how growing socio-economic and ethnic differences between urban neighbourhoods affect public schools and the educational opportunities of young people.

Bernelius is specialized in quantitative research methods and geographical information systems, and is passionate about creating bridges between different disciplines and research traditions, as well as between research and practice. The results of her former projects have also been applied to practice, as the City of Helsinki currently uses a school funding model, which is based on her work in modelling the educational challenges created by the school catchment area demographics.

Education/Academic qualification

Docent (Urban Geography), University of Helsinki

Award Date: 25 Sep 2020

Fields of Science

  • 1171 Geosciences

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

Publications

School Choice to Lower Secondary Schools and Mechanisms of Segregation in Urban Finland

Kosunen, S., Bernelius, V., Seppänen, P. & Porkka, M., Dec 2020, In : Urban Education. 55, 10, p. 1461-1488 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Choice and segregation in the “most egalitarian” schools: Cumulative decline in the urban schools and neighbourhoods of Helsinki, Finland

Bernelius, V. H. & Vaattovaara, M. K., 2016, In : Urban Studies. 53, 15, p. 3155–3171 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

School Outcomes and Neighbourhood Effects: A New Approach Using Data from Finland

Bernelius, V. & Kauppinen, T. M., 2011, Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives. van Ham, M., Manley, D., Bailey, N., Simpson, L. & MacIennan, D. (eds.). Lontoo: Springer, p. 225-247 22 p.

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

Projects

MAPS: Mixed classes and Pedagogical Solutions (MAPS)

Kosunen, S., Lappalainen, S., Bernelius, V., Vartiainen Huilla, H., Juvonen, S., Seppänen, P., Pitkänen, H., Paulle, B., Boterman, W., Magnúsdottir, B. R., Sigurðardóttir, A. K. & Inkinen, A. A.

NordForsk

01/01/201831/12/2020

Project: Research project

MetrOP - Peruskoulujen oppimistulokset ja oppilaiden hyvinvointi eriytyvällä Helsingin seudulla

Vaattovaara, M. K., Hautamäki, J., Bernelius, V., Kupiainen, S., Kauppinen, T., Rimpelä, M., Kuusela, J., Hautamäki, A., Alho, L., Karvonen, S. & Ståhl, T.

Suomen Akatemia

01/10/201031/12/2013

Project: Research project

SURE: Social studies in Urban Education (SURE)

Kosunen, S., Bernelius, V., Haltia, N., Hautala, T. H., Inkinen, A. A., Jokila, S., Juvonen, S., Laaksonen, L. M., Lappalainen, S., Luoma, T., Niemi, A., Oittinen, R., Peltola, M., Pitkänen, H., Saari, J. E., Seppänen, P. & Vartiainen Huilla, H.

14/05/2019 → …

Project: Research project

Prizes

Vuoden tiedeartikkeli -palkinto

Kosunen, Sonja (Recipient), Piia Seppänen (Recipient) & Bernelius, Venla (Recipient), 1 Dec 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Kultainen Helsinki-mitali

Bernelius, Venla (Recipient), 12 Jun 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Esitelmä: "The dynamics of segregation and education: The changing geography of schools in Helsinki"

Venla Bernelius (Invited speaker)

10 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Konferenssiesitelmä: "Pupils on the move: Urban segregation, school segregation and housing choices in Helsinki, Finland"

Venla Bernelius (Speaker), & Katja Vilkama (Speaker)

12 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Education Governance Seminar

Venla Bernelius (Speaker: Keynote)

27 Mar 2012

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