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Kati Tervo-Niemelä (former Niemelä; born 1972 in Seinäjoki) is a professor in practical theology at the University of Eastern Finland. Her contact email is: kati.tervo-niemela@uef.fi

She has previously worked as a senior lecturer in Church and Social Studies/Practical Theology (2012-2018) and as professor in Church and Social Studies (fixed term 4/2015-3/2017 at the University of Helsinki. Tervo-Niemelä holds a title of Docent in Religious Education (2002). Her research covers many areas of practical theology, religious education and church and social studies. Tervo-Niemelä has previously worked as a Senior Researcher at Church Research Institute (2000-2012).

Her main research interests have been (1) the clergy career and ministry formation; the work orientation and well-being; (2) religion and the lifespan; (3) religious affiliation and disaffiliation, (4) the youth and religion, (5) religious rituals and (6) religion and the media. She has published actively both in international and national settings in the abovementioned areas, including seven monographs (e.g. Does Confirmation Training Really Matter?; Vieraantunut vai pettynyt? Kirkosta eroamisen syyt Suomen evankelis-luterilaisessa kirkossa; Teologiksi? and Uskonko niin kuin opetan? Seurakuntatyöntekijä uskon ja elämän ristipaineessa) and six co-authored monographs (including Questioning Mind and Religion in Finland), six edited or co-edited volumes (including Church Work and Management in Change; Rippikoulun todellisuus; Teologiksi kasvamassa; Confirmation work, Faith and Volunteerism among Protestant Youth in Europe; Youth, Religion and Confirmation Work in Europe: the 2nd international study), 25 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals and over 45 peer reviewed articles in compilation books and conference proceedings.

Tervo-Niemelä has been working in various international research projects including two international research projects on youth and confirmation work: Confirmation work in Europe, a comparative study in seven countries, (20072010) and The 2nd International Study on Youth and Confirmation Work (2012–2016), which is the largest youth study ever conducted on Protestant youth; a Nordic comparative research project: The role of religion in the public sphere in the Nordic countries (2009–2103) and a European comparative reserch project: Church and Religion in Enlarged Europe (20042008). Niemelä has also been the director of large national research projects including a project on Ministry formation and career processes among theologians and the clergy (2009–2013) and Youth, confirmation work and the future (2006-2009).

Tervo-Niemelä has been a board member in the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (2007–2015) and an active member of many other international scientific societies including Society for Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), International Sociological Association (ISA) and Religious Research Association (RRA). Tervo-Niemelä is also a member of the University of Helsinki ethical review board in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences.

Utbildning information

Master of Theology 1996 University of Helsinki

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Master of Education 1997 University of Joensuu

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Doctor of Theology 1999 University of Helsinki

Externa befattningar

Professor in Practical Theology, University of Eastern Finland

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Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 1996 2018

Religion and the Media: Continuity, Complexity, and Mediatization

Lundby, K., Christensen, H. R., Gresaker, A. K., Lövheim, M., Niemelä, K., Sjö, S., Moberg, M. & Daníelsson, Á. S., 2018, Religious Complexity in Public Sphere: Comparing Nordic Countries. Furseth, I. (red.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, s. 193-249 57 s. (Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Religion on the Political Agenda

Lövheim, M., Lindberg, J., Christensen, H. R., Niemelä, K. & Bäckström, A., 2018, Religious Complexity in the Public Sphere: Comparing Nordic Countries. Furseth, I. (red.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, s. 137-191 55 s. (Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Believing, Belonging ang Volunteerism in Adolescence: Predictive Factors from Childhood and Confirmation Time in a Multi-Level Framework

Ilg, W., Tervo-Niemelä, K. & Maass, C. H., 2017, Confirmation, Faith, and Volunteerism: A Longitudinal Study on Protestant Adolescents in the Transition towards Adulthood European Perspectives. Schweitzer, F., Schlag, T., Simojoki, H., Tervo-Niemelä, K. & Ilg, W. (red.). 1 red. München: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, s. 114-127 14 s. (Konfirmandenarbeit erforschen und gestalten; vol. 10).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Changes and Trends in Church Commitment after Confirmation

Tervo-Niemelä, K., Schlag, T. & Koch, M., 2017, Confirmation, Faith, and Volunteerism: A Longitudinal Study on Protestant Adolescents in the Transition towards Adulthood European Perspectives. Schweitzer, F., Schlag, T., Simojoki, H., Tervo-Niemelä, K. & Ilg, W. (red.). 1 red. München: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, s. 61-76 16 s. (Konfirmandenarbeit erforschen und gestalten; vol. 10).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Conclusions

Tervo-Niemelä, K., Simojoki, H., Schlag, T., Schweitzer, F. & Ilg, W., 2017, Confirmation, Faith, and Volunteerism: A Longitudinal Study on Protestant Adolescents in the Transition towards Adulthood European Perspectives. Schweitzer, F., Schlag, T., Simojoki, H., Tervo-Niemelä, K. & Ilg, W. (red.). 1 red. München: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, s. 216-243 28 s. (Konfirmandenarbeit erforschen und gestalten; vol. 10).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 1997 2017

The 2nd International Study on Youth and Confirmation Work

Schweitzer, F., Ilg, W., Lagger, D., Christensen, L., Harbsmeier, E., Innanen, T., Tervo-Niemelä, K., Porkka, J., Siba, B., Hoeg, I. M., Krupka, B., Byrtek, E., Pettersson, P. & Schlag, T.

01/01/201231/12/2017

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Growing as a Theologian

Tervo-Niemelä, K., Innanen, T., Pruuki, L., Hirsto, L., Salomaa, H., Nortomaa, A. & Buchert, M.

26/04/201031/12/2013

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

The Role of Religion in the Public Sphere. A comparative Study of the Five Nordic countries

Tervo-Niemelä, K., Furseth, I., Pål, R., Lövheim, M., Pettersson, P., Christensen, H. R., Bäckström, A., Lundby, K., Sjö, S., Kühle, L. & Botvar, P. K.

01/01/200831/12/2014

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

International Research on Confirmation Work

Schweitzer, F., Ilg, W., Simojoki, H., Lagger, D., Christensen, L., Innanen, T., Tervo-Niemelä, K., Porkka, J., Hoeg, I. M., Krupka, B., Pettersson, P. & Schlag, T.

15/03/200727/02/2010

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Aktiviteter 1998 2016

The 5th Conference on Church Leadership and Organizational change : Management of Meaning in Times of Organizational Change

Kati Tervo-Niemelä (!!Speaker)
20 apr 201622 apr 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Suomi Conference Clergy Continued Education "On a journey"

Kati Tervo-Niemelä (!!Keynote speaker)
25 apr 20161 maj 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

Zukunft kirchengemeinde - Congregational Studies Worldwide: Commentator in a plenary session

Kati Tervo-Niemelä (!!Invited speaker)
21 mar 201623 mar 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

Wellbeing, Leadership and the Lifespan, Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion (speaker)

Kati Tervo-Niemelä (!!Speaker)
17 aug 201619 aug 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Brücken Bauen / Building Bridges: Confirmation Work, Voluntary Work, and Youth Work - Results, Interpretations, Challeges

Kati Tervo-Niemelä (!!Keynote speaker)
15 jun 201617 jun 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk