My research interests are mainly in understanding the ways in which education and education policy can advance equity and social justice. Most of my teaching is in pedagogical studies, research methodologies and methods, and academic writing. Please see the drop-down menu for examples of teaching, publications, and presentations.
Among other funding bodies, my research has been funded by ArtsEqual research initiative (Strategic Research Council/Academy of Finland), Fulbright Finland Foundation, American-Scandinavian Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, and Finnish Concordia Foundation for Women in Academia.
I am Dr. Sanna Kivijärvi, a university lecturer of music education (yliopistonlehtori, musiikkikasvatus) at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. I am also affiliated with the Creativity and Arts in Social and Health Fields master's degree program at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.
My academic interests are interdisciplinary, combining music education, education policy and sociology of the arts. I am a Co-PI in several international research (and development) projects and have published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on accessibility, equity and other policy issues in the Finnish music education system and beyond.
At the Sibelius Academy and Metropolia University, I teach students at master's and doctoral levels in pedagogical courses, such as basics of music teaching, special education in the arts, creativity, health and wellbeing, as well as research seminars and methodology courses, including theses' supervision. I frequently hold visiting lectures and present papers in international and domestic conferences in education and policy research, and related fields.
An important part of my professional life takes place in the U.S., where I worked as a visiting Fulbright scholar at Teachers College Columbia University and New York University in 2019–2020.