Contact information:

Hannele Niemi
Tel. +358 40 555 8975
hannele.niemi [at]

Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki


TehostekuvaHannele Niemi, Ph.D, is Professor of Education (1998–) at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki

She has been Vice Rector for academic affairs at the University of Helsinki (2003–2008, 2008–2009), Dean of the Faculty of Education (2001–2003), Head of the Department of Education and Vice-Dean at the University of Helsinki (1998–2000). She has been Professor of Education in Teacher Education Departments of Oulu, Turku and Tampere Universities in Finland (1987–1998) and a Visiting Professor at Michigan State University (1989, 6 months) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University 2010, 2013, and 2016 (total 7 months).

She has been invited as a Doctor or Professor Honoris Causa: University of Bucharest, Romania, 2010; J.C. Koh Professorship Nayang Technological University, Singapore, 2010, University of Lapland, 2012; National Defense University, Finland 2013. She has been selected as the most influential person in education in 2013 by the Finnish Teacher Union and invited as a member on Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in Academia Scientiarum Fennica 2004.

Hannele Niemi has been a scientific leader of big national research projects in Finland e.g. Finnable 2020 ( for advancing educational technology and 21st century skills in schools  (2012–2015) and a Director of the national research program "Life as Learning", Academy of Finland (2002–2006). She has been and a member of the Steering Committee of the British national research programme (TLRP, Teaching and Learning Research Programme (2003–2008). She is an advisor or a reviewer in many scientific journals.

She has worked as a reviewer in research councils of many countries, e.g. Norway, Portugal, Estonia, Singapore and as had many memberships in scientific councils, e.g. the European Science Foundation, the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki. He has been invited as a panel member or Chair of the research evaluation of educational sciences at the University of Gothenburg (2010–2011) and University of Jyväskylä (2006). She has been a member of the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (2004–2007, 2008–2009), Chair of the Follow-Up of Doctoral Education in Finland, Finnish Higher Education Council (2011), Chair of Finnish Education Evaluation Council 2012–2014. She has been invited as an expert and steering committee member of Institutional Evaluation Programme, European University Association and she has been invited as a panel member for the evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of 8 universities in Europe (2005–2015).

She has contributed in many EU and OECD projects as an expert or researcher and served as a keynote lecturer in several international forums, e.g. in Singapore, Thailand, China, Malaysia, U.S.A, Saudi-Arabia, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, German, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, England, France and Estonia. Her main research interest areas are teachers’ professional development, quality of teacher education, moral education and technology-based learning environments. She has published several articles and books on education in Finland and Finnish teacher education (e.g. Finnish Innovations and Technologies in Schools. Towards New Ecosystems of Learning, 2014; The Miracle of Education: The Principles and Practices of Teaching and Learning In Finnish Schools, 2012; Research-Based Teacher Education in Finland, 2006, and Education as a Societal Contributor 2007) and contributed in many international education research publications.  She has published in more than ten languages.

She has over 30 peer reviewed international journal articles, more than 100 peer reviewed chapters in international books, 17 monographs or edited books, and  more than 100 articles in Finnish.

Professor Niemi has graduated as Master of Philosophy 1974, Master of Theology 1977, and Doctor of Philosophy 1978 at the University of Helsinki.

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