Taina Saarinen

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I am a higher education researcher, currently working as research professor and Director at the University of Jyväskylä Finnish Institute for Educational Research. I am interested in higher education in society, particularly equity issues in higher education and higher education institutions. Due to my background in applied language studies, I am particularly interested in various questions related to language and language policy and ideology. In addition to research work, I have served in various expert positions regarding language policy, language education policy and higher education policy. In 2023-2024, I lead the Equality, equity and accessibility development group of the University of Jyväskylä. I am the current chairman of the Edistyksellinen tiedeliitto, and former chair of Korkeakoulututkimuksen seura. 

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I study internationalisation of higher education and higher education policy from the perspective of language. What political, ideological or societal theme do we talk about when we think we talk about language? What are the spaces and times where and when language makes societal structures visible? Whose language is important, whose is invisible, and what does that say about our higher education? How can we theoretisize higher education with language? Recently, I have moved towards questions of academic wellbeing and academic work in crisis.

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Language; higher education; language policy; higher education policy; academic wellbeing; new materialism

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