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I am Sanna Kivijärvi, a doctoral researcher and teacher at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland.


As a researcher, my interests are interdisciplinary, combining music education, education policy and sociology of the arts. I have published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on accessibility, equity and other policy issues in Finnish music education system and beyond. My projects are part of Academy of Finland's Strategic Research Council funded research initiative ArtsEqual (2015–2021) that regards arts and arts education as a basic public service that should be equally accessible for all. I also serve as a reviewer and editorial board member for academic journals and conferences.


At the Sibelius Academy, I teach students at undergraduate, master's and doctoral level in research seminars and methodology courses, including theses supervision, as well as pedagogical courses, such as special education in the arts. I frequently hold visiting lectures and present papers in international and domestic conferences in education and the related fields.


I have international working experience in Nordic and Baltic region countries, Greece and the USA. During the academic year 2019–2020, I worked as a Fulbright research fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University and as a visiting research scholar at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Currently, I serve as a Fulbright Outreach Ambassador at Fulbright Finland FoundationI also serve in several other  positions of trust, including a board membership for Finnish Association for Research in Arts Education, and the Equity and Equality Board of the University of the Arts Helsinki. 


Among other funding bodies, my research has been funded by ArtsEqual research initiative (SRC/Academy of Finland), Fulbright Finland Foundation, American-Scandinavian Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, and Finnish Concordia Foundation for Women in Academia.