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Anu Kajamaa, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor and Principal Investigator in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is Co-Leader of an expert group called Learning, Culture and Interventions (LECI) and the Vice Director of the Doctoral Programme of School, Education, Society and Culture (SEDUCE) in the Faculty of Educational Sciences. She takes active part to faculty development as a member in the Faculty Council and the Faculty Research Committee at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Aalto University, School of Business (Department of Management Studies) and in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Department of Media) in Finland. She currently also serves as a board member of the The Finnish Society for Research on Adult Education and is the Co-Chair of the Cultural-Historical Research Special Interest Group (SIG) at The Americal Educational Research Association (AERA).

Anu has received several awards for her research and teaching:

  • 2019 The Best Paper Award finalist, International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), Florence, Italy
  • 2018 Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award, given by the Strategizing Activities and Practices interest group at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM), Chicago, US
  • 2017 The Best Research Paper Award, given by the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE 2017) Annual conference
  • 2015 The Adult Educator of the Year, by students of the Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, given by Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Anu is the Institutional Leader in an EU HORIZON 2020-MSCA-RISE-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research project, entitled "Improving collaborative working between correctional and mental health services". She is currently also involved in an Academy of Finland-funded research project "Learning by Making: The Educational Potential of School-Based Makerspaces for Young Learners' Digital Competencies" (iMake). She is a coordinator of the NOS-HS funded project entitled “Nordic Research Network on Digitalising Childhoods" (, and a member of the Playful Learning Center, which is an ecosystem for research, development and educational practices. Anu is one of the founders of the European Centre of Excellence in Qualitative Study and Inquiry in Training and Education, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.


She is a passionate researcher, supervisor and a pedagogically qualified teacher who loves to carry out research-based teaching. Her research focuses especially on collective learning, creativity, organization and management, change and development via interprofessional working and formative interventions. She is an expert in sociocultural- and practice-based theories, qualitative research methods and participatory intervention techniques, drawing especially from cultural historical activity theory and the Change Laboratory method. Her current research contexts are primary schools, teacher education, prisons, health and social care, and entrepreneurship hubs/fabrication laboratories and other hybrid organizations.


Her work is highly international, she is a research group member in several national and international projects and consortiums (e.g. with Centre for Medical Education and Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA; and University of Oulu, Business School, Finland). She has been a visiting researcher and teacher at many universities and business schools, such as the University of California, Berkeley, USA; McGill University, Canada; Columbia University, USA; ESSEC Business School, France; University of Exeter, UK; Nancy-Metz Business School, France; University of Technology Chemnitz, Germany; University of Stavanger, Norway; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of California San Diego, USA; and University of Otago, New Zealand.

Utbildning information

PhD, Docent


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Collaboration for Inclusive Practices: Teaching Staff Perspectives from Finland

Paju, B. J., Kajamaa, A., Pirttimaa, R. A. & Kontu, E., 2020, I : Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. accepted in publication, 33 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

How to ... be reflexive when conducting qualitative research

Barrett, A., Kajamaa, A. & Johnston, J., feb 2020, I : The clinical teacher. 17, 1, s. 9-12 4 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

How longitudinal qualitative research

Bennett, D., Kajamaa, A. & Johnston, J., 25 jun 2020, I : The clinical teacher. 4 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

How to…assess the quality of qualitative research

Stenfors, T., Kajamaa, A. & Bennett, D., jul 2020, (!!Accepted/In press) I : The clinical teacher.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review


DigiChild: Nordic Research Network on Digitalising Childhoods funded by NOS HS/Academy of Finland

Kumpulainen, K., Kajamaa, A., Erstad, O., Mäkitalo, Å., Drotner, K. & Jakobsdottir, S.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt


Kortejärvi, H., Laaksonen, R., Kari, H., Yliperttula, M., Kajamaa, A., Ronkainen, J., Vuollo, P., Kilpijärvi, T., Salmela, A., Rahko, V., Makkonen, N., Vähälassi, L. & Kunnamo, I.

01/09/2014 → …

Projekt: Annan projekt


AERA 2020

Jasmiina Leskinen (Talare: Presentation), , Anu Kajamaa (Talare: Presentation), & Kristiina Kumpulainen (Talare: Presentation)

17 apr 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Queens University Belfast, Centre for Medical Education

Anu Kajamaa (Besökande forskare)

4 mar 20207 mar 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

Teachers' Narratives of Distributed Leadership in a Digital Makerspace

Jasmiina Leskinen (!!Speaker), , Kristiina Kumpulainen (!!Speaker), & Anu Kajamaa (!!Speaker)

2 jul 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

AERA 2020

Particia Martínez-Álvarez (Talare: Presentation), , Angela Lopez-Velasquez (Talare: Presentation), & Anu Kajamaa (Talare: Presentation)

17 apr 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium