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I hold a doctoral degree in music education (scientific program, University of the Arts Helsinki). My dissertation examined the ‘impossibility of inclusion’ in democratic music education by challenging the assumptions of appropriate music education in terms of ‘special’ and ‘regular’ education.

My research interests cover social justice and democratic education, policy studies, public pedagogy, critical systems thinking, and critical theory. Methodologically, I am oriented toward narrative inquiry, post-qualitative research, policy analysis, and applied systems analysis.

Currently, I’m holding the Academy Research Fellow position at the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA), Uniarts Helsinki, leading the project Performing the Political: Public Pedagogy in Higher Music Education,  funded by the Research Council of Finland (2023-2027).

I have published my research in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and presented at numerous international conferences and as an invited keynote speaker.


NOTE: For a detailed account of my research activities / CV, please get in touch with me.                 

Photo: Eeva Anundi

Kalle Kallio
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