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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Xiaoxu Liu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki. After getting her BA and MA in education from Northeast Normal University in China, she started her doctoral study at the University of Helsinki in 2015. She also studied in National Pingtung University in Taiwan for half a year as an exchange student. Her research interests include comparative education, education for diversity and Chinese minority education. She has published articles on affirmative action research. Her dissertation is co-supervised by Prof. Fred Dervin and Prof. Julie Chen.

Description of research and teaching

Xiaoxu Liu's research interest includes comparative education, multicultural education, affirmative action & minority education in China.

Her latest article ‘The Meanings of Multicultural Education: Comparing Perspectives from China and Finland’ Xiaoxu Liu; Fred Dervin will be published in Dervin and Du’s book series with Palgrave MacMillan in 2017. 

She is working on another article 'Students and Teachers' Attitude towards Preferential Policies for Minorities in China: A case study of National Institute of Education’.




Education/Academic qualification

Educational Sciences, PhD student, University of Helsinki

10 Oct 201510 Oct 2019


  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Multicultural education
  • minority education
  • comparative education

Publications 2015 2019

  • 1 Anthology or special issue
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Literature review (scientific)

Nordic-Chinese Intersections on Education

Liu, X. & Dervin, F. (ed.), 2019, Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

The Han: China’s diverse majority, edited by Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, USA, University of Washington Press, 2015, xiii, 187 pp., $33.00, ISBN 978-0-295-99467-3

Liu, X., 2018, In : Asian Ethnicity. 19, 3, p. 404-406 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review (scientific)Scientificpeer-review

Open Access


Liu, X. & Chen, X., 5 Mar 2015, In : Waiguo jiaoyu yanjiu. 42, 297, p. 62-74 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

The XVI World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)

Xiaoxu Liu (Speaker)
22 Aug 201726 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Joint seminar of Hokkaido University and University of Helsinki

Xiaoxu Liu (Speaker)
2 Mar 20173 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Xiaoxu Liu (Visiting researcher)
1 Dec 201731 Dec 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

4th Steering Group Meeting of Education of International Newly Arrived Migrant Pupils at Primary and Secondary School Level

Xiaoxu Liu (Attendee), Frederic Dervin (Member of organizing committee)
23 Mar 201724 Mar 2017

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

Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference

Xiaoxu Liu (Speaker)
31 May 20172 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation