Sanna Toiviainen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies
Campus Drammen (4225)
Sanna Toiviainen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Master’s Programme for Career Guidance, Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Sciences. I am experienced with qualitative research methods, ethnography and policy analysis. My research interests include career development of young people and minorities, migration and career guidance, guidance, communities agency construction in career development and guidance, issues of social justice in guidance.


  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Supervision of Master students in Master Programme of Career Guidance 
  • Supervision of PhD students (Currently: 1 main, 1 secondary)


1. Personal details

Navn: Sanna Toiviainen

Født 29.7.1983             

Nasjonalitet: Finsk

2. Utdanning (Education and degrees completed)

22.05.2019 Doctor of Philosophy (Education) ”Relational life paths – life management of individuals? Agency and guidance of  young people on the margins of education and work.” Grade: Eximia cum laude approbator, University of Eastern Finland

26.05.2008  Master of Arts (Education), Career Counselling Programme, University of Eastern Finland


3. Nåværende stilling (current position)

Post doktor 1.1.2021-31.7.2024 Rethinking career among women with a minority background in Norway

01.08.2020 – Associate professor in career guidance, Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway.


4. Arbeidserfaring (work experience)

01.09.2019 – 31.07.2020 

Research Coordinator and Postdoctoral researcher (50%) at AGORA for the Study of Social Justice and Equality in Education -Research Centre, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

01.01.2014 31.12.2015  

Junior researcher / Doctoral Student at University of Eastern Finland, Finland.


01.12.2010 – 31.07.2020  

Career counsellor at Järvenpää General Upper Secondary School, Järvenpää, Finland.

01.06.2008 – 31.12.2010

Junior researcher, “Developmental Evaluation of Career Guidance in Basic Education”-project, University of Eastern Finland (funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education), Finland.

5. Forskning og utviklingsprosjekter med fokus på utdanningsfaglige temaer (Research and development projects with a focus on educational subjects)

2014 – 2015 PhD funding, University of Eastern Finland, 56 000 EUR, PhD student

2008 – 2010, Project funding, Finnish Ministry of Education, 300 000 EUR, Project researcher 

7. Undervisningserfaring

Teaching in tertiary education

2020– Universitetet i Sørøst Norge, Masterprogrammet i karriereveiledning: Arbeid, utdanning og social inkludering (15stp, MKARV430), Karriereveiledning for rådgivere i Osloskolen (30stp, KFR30)

2020 University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences: Power. Dis­cources and dif­fer­ences – fo­cus on in­equal­ity in education 

2014–2016 University of Eastern Finland, Master programme in Career Guidance and Counselling: Guidance in Different Contexts; Introduction to Career Counselling; Education, Work and Guidance

9. Prosjektledelse og prosjektutvikling (Project management and project development)


Development of Järvenpää general upper secondary school guidance counselling model, 2nd project coordinator, funded by the Ministry of Education


National Development of Guidance Counselling in Basic Education, developmenal evaluation project researcher, funded by the Ministry of Education


Final evaluation of 2003–2007 National development of guidance counselling in basic  and upper general secondary education, project leader, funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education


10. Vitenskapelige oppdrag, medlemskap i nettverk (Memberships and positions of trust in scientific societies and other key scientific or academic merits)


Reviewer: Kasvatus The Finnish Journal of Education, book review of Brunila, K. & Lundahl, L. (eds.) “Youth on the Move. Tendencies and Tensions in Youth Policies and Practices”


Reviewer: Nuorisotutkimus Finnish youth research journal, research article manuscript


Reviewer: Nuorisotutkimus Finnish youth research journal, research article manuscript


Giving expert commentary on the national core curriculum for guidance counselling in general  upper secondary education 2015. Coordinator: Finnish National Agency for Education


Member of an expert group who designed the national core curriculum for guidance counselling in basic  education 2014. Coordinator: Finnish National Agency for Education.

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