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I hold a doctoral degree in music education (research study programme, University of the Arts Helsinki). I completed my doctoral dissertation with a pass with distinction in May 2018. My dissertation examines the ‘impossibility of inclusion’ in democratic music education through challenging the assumptions of appropriate music education in terms of ‘special’ and ‘regular’ education.

My research interests cover inclusive education and adult education, critical disability studies and critical educational gerontology. Methodologically I am oriented towards narrative inquiry, post-qualitative research, policy analysis and activist scholarship.

Currently I’m holding a post doctoral research fellow position at the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA). My project "The Transformative Politics of Music Education in an Aging Society" is funded by the Academy of Finland for three years (2019-2022). 


In 2015-2019 I was involved in a national research initiative funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (ArtsEqual). I worked in two research teams: Arts education for all, and Visions - Systems analysis and policy recommendations. As part of the latter, I assumed the role of a Visiting Scholar at the International Institution of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria in 2017-2018.

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


NOTE: For a detailed account of my research activities / CV, please contact me.                 

Kalle Kallio
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