The Research Group

CV_Uusiautti Satu, 10.10.2015Kaarina Määttä, Ph. D., Professor of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lapland. Email: Kaarina.Maatta @ ulapland.fi 

Juha Perttula, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland

Jari Stenvall, Ph. D., Professor of Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland. Email: Jari.Stenvall @ ulapland.fi

Antti Syväjärvi, Ph. D., Professor of Administrative Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland

Minna Uotila, Ed.D., Professor of Design Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Lapland, Docent (Adjunct Professor) at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. Email: Minna.Uotila @ ulapland.fi

Satu UusiauttiPh, D., Specialist, University of Lapland and Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki. Email: satu @ uusiautti.fi

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Kaarina Määttä, Ph. D., Professor of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lapland. Email: Kaarina.Maatta @ ulapland.fi

Prof. Määttä has over a 34-year-long career at the University of Lapland (since 1977). Her doctoral dissertation addressed teachers’ professional development and since that she has studied human relationships and love and its various forms based on thousands of Finnish people’s experiences for over 15 years. She has written 8 books about the theme for example The secrets of long marital relationships (2005), Pain and release of divorce (2002), The Fascination of Falling in Love (2006), The Love in Later Life(2005) etc. and has had numerous international educational articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in English and in Finnish. She has become famous and recognized in Finland due to numerous television and media appearances. She is a popular lecturer and has been given the courtesy title “Love Professor”.  She has supervised over 50 doctoral theses. Her latest personal research interests have focused on love, attachment and social relationships during human beings’ life-span, on guidance of doctoral thesis and dissertation process as well as on positive psychology and human strengths. Click here to read more about Prof. Määttä

Juha Perttula, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University ofLapland. Email: Juha.Perttula @ ulapland.fi

Juha Perttula works as a Professor of Psychology and Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland. Perttula graduated as a doctor of psychology in 1998 at the University of Jyväskylä. He started as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Lapland in 1997 and as a Professor of Psychology in 2002. Prof. Perttula has numerous academic positions of trust. In addition, Perttula has worked as the contact person in cases of harassment for both the personnel and students at the University of Lapland since the position was established in 2003.

Perttula is an expert in qualitative research, especially in phenomenology and theoretical and methodological research on experience. He has written numerous scientific books and articles in national and international scientific journals and other publications. His current research interests focus on the structure and meaning of experience, leadership, happiness and well-being at work communities.

Jari Stenvall, Ph. D., Professor of Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland

Jari Stenvall has been working as a professor of public administration at the University of Lapland since 2002. He has been acting as the head of the Department of Social Sciences as well as the dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Business. Stenvall’s areas of research have included the reform and evaluation of public administration, regional development, change management, development operations and service innovations, higher education research, and the utilisation of information technology in organisations. His scientific publications include 37 monographs, 8 edited works, and more than fifty scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals or compilations. In addition, he has written more than 50 other publications, such as editorials or newspaper articles. He has tutored 20 doctoral theses.

Jari Stenvall has been engaged as the manager and a researcher in more than fifty national and international research projects. These projects include the evaluation project of Finland’s largest public administration reform, i.e. the municipal and service structure reform, the comprehensive evaluation project of regional administration, the intermediate evaluation project of EU agricultural subsidies, and the evaluation project of virtual university operations. Jari Stenvall has had numerous positions of trust. He is the chairman of the Finnish Association of Local Government Studied. He has been the chairman of the scientific specialist group in the Finnish Work Environment Fund that is a significant supporter of research and development related to working life in Finland. He has been a member of the Best Municipal Service Practices forum with socially influential participants. Jari Stenvall is a member of the Council of Administrative and Management Sciences, an advisory group for the Ministry of Finance and the Minister of Public Administration and Local Government in questions related to the development of administration. Jari Stenvall has been a Board Member and Referee in several international scientific conferences and scientific magazines, such as the International Journal of Public Administration; Evaluation; Administrative Culture; International Journal of Government Journal Research. In addition, he is a member of the Baltic Sea Strategy network and has been working in specialist groups to assess training programmes in Estonia. Besides Finnish universities, Jari Stenvall has been a research fellow and a visiting professor at the George Mason University (USA), the Queen’s University (UK), Technology university of Kaunas (Lithuania), National Academy of Public Administration (Vietnam).

Antti Syväjärvi, Ph. D., Professor of Administrative Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland. Email: Antti.Syvajarvi @ ulapland.fi

Antti Syväjärvi works as a Professor of Administrative Science in University of Lapland, Finland. Syväjärvi’s academic career started in 1993. His scientific background is in both psychology and administrative science. In 1998, Syväjärvi completed his Ph.D. (psychology) in United Kingdom. Later in 2004, he did another Ph.D. (administrative science) in Finland. He has concentrated especially on academic fields like human resource and cognition, information management, leadership, positive organizational scholarship, human resource management, organizational information technology and electronic government, and change in public administration. Professor Syväjärvi is currently leading some academic research projects that are related to the above-mentioned thematic areas. He has numerous national and international refereed publications and visits regularly in both domestic and international forums. Currently, he is also a chairman of the Finnish Association for Administrative Studies.

Minna Uotila, Ed.D., Professor of Design Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Lapland, Docent (Adjunct Professor) at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. Email: Minna.Uotila @ ulapland.fi

Professor Uotila has been in charge of several research projects funded by the Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and the Academy of Finland. During the years 2004-2005 she was appointed as Senior Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland. Professor Uotila has expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including traditional craft, wearable computing, luxury products and services, sustainable design, coordination on research and design in interdisciplinary research contexts. Her especial interest is to support the high-end artistic and academic work where theory and practice, art and research meet interactive and proactive, modern ways.

Satu Uusiautti, Ph. D., Specialist,Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Adjunct professor, University of Helsinki. Email: satu @ uusiautti.fi

In her doctoral thesis (2008, at the University of Lapland), she studied success at work as a manifestation of wellbeing. Since that, she has continued with the theme and expanded it toward love and overall wellbeing. Her personal research interests are in positive psychology, human strengths, and success and well-being at work. Uusiautti has also worked in various educational projects in Finland and as a freelance educator, and language consultant. She has published numerous articles in international scientific peer-reviewed journals. She has experience on reviewer’s tasks and is a member of editorial in several international, peer-reviewed journals. Her forthcoming books include S. Uusiautti & K. Määttä (authors) “The Psychology of Becoming a Successful Worker: Research on the Changing Nature of Achievement at Work” (Routledge, coming in June/2014). Her CV can be found here: CV_Uusiautti Satu, 10.10.2015

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