Mervi Kaukko




Postdoctoral Fellow, 1 June 2020-31 July 2021
Office: Atalpa 212
Tel.: +358 50 318 2399


Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advance Social Research, Tampere University

Assistant professor (tenure) at Faculty of Education and Culture, Tampere University

Adjunct research fellow at Monash University, Faculty of Education, Australia


Primary school teacher
Graduated from Intercultural Teacher Education (Oulu University) in 2008 and PhD in education (Oulu University) 2015
University lecturer in Oulu University 2015-2016
Visiting researcher and then lecturer at Monash University 2016-2019

Research interests

Refugee education
Practice theories
Multicultural education
Action research
Visual methodologies

Current activities

Practice architectures of refugee students’ educational success (Ongoing postdoctoral research)
Relational wellbeing of unaccompanied refugees (starting project)
Book project Pedagogy, Education and Praxis for Critical Times (to be published next year by Springer)

Recent Articles/Book chapters

Reimer, Kristin, Kaukko, Mervi, Wilkinson, Jane, Dunwoodie, Karen & Webb, Sue (2019) Acknowledging the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet: Research with Refugees and People Seeking Asylum in Higher Education. In Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 21(2), 190-208.

Wilkinson, Jane & Kaukko Mervi (2019) Leading for praxis in refugee education. Orchestrating ecologies of socially just practices. In Jeffrey Brooks, Khalid Arar & Ira Bogotch (eds) Education and Immigration: Policy, Leadership and Praxis for a Changing World. Bingley, UK: Emerald’s Advances in Educational Administration.

Kaukko Mervi, Korkiamäki, Riikka & Kuusisto, Anna-Kaisa (2019): Normatiivisesta etiikasta elettyyn kohtaamiseen: tutkimuksellista hengailua yksin tulleiden maahanmuuttajanuorten kanssa. [From normative ethics towards lived encounters: research-like hanging out with unaccompanied minors] In Kaisa Vehkalahti & Niina Rutanen (Eds.) Lasten ja nuorten tutkimuksen etiikka II [Ethics of childhood and youth research II].

Millei, Zsuzsa, Korkiamäki, Riikka & Kaukko, Mervi (2019). ‘Arctic Childhoods’ and mobilized differences – the mattering of skis and skates. In Pauliina Rautio & Elina Stenvall (eds.) Social, Material and Political Constructs of Arctic Childhoods: An Everyday Life Perspective. Springer.

Kaukko Mervi (2018) Intertwined journeys of a PhD-student, unaccompanied minors and the “refugee crisis”. International Journal of Doctoral Studies.

Kaukko Mervi & Wilkinson Jane (2018) ‘Learning how to go on’: Refugee students and informal learning practices. International Journal of Inclusive Education

Kaukko Mervi, Kiilakoski Tomi (2018) Tutkimus on toimintaa [Research is action], Miten tutkia nuoria ja nuorisotyötä [How to do research with youth and on youth work?] Helsinki, Finland: Nuorisotutkimusverkosto /Vastapaino.