Kristina Mikkonen

Kristina Mikkonen

As a professor, my purpose is to produce high-quality scientific research and educate new creative experts, educators, and leaders for the changing field of social and health care in partnership with the scientific community at the University of Oulu, and with national and international collaborators. I lead a research group of Health Care Education and Competence (HealthEduCom). My in-depth expertise is within the research area of education and competence of social and health care experts, work-related learning environments and mentoring, immigrant workforce, and digital technology education.

I lead, as a principal investigator, international and national research projects by actively implementing research outcomes in an educational context with students, educators, researchers, and organizational leaders. I integrate students into my research projects and guide them in the development and implementation of new evidence into educational and/or clinical practice.

Research interests

  • Hybrid intelligence and digital technology education, and its effects on the users
  • Learning environments and mentoring
  • Wellbeing and psychological safety
  • Collaboration & interaction in education
  • Competence-based education of vocational, higher degree, and continuous social- and healthcare education
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity in healthcare education and workforce integration

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Contact information


Phone number

+358 505754686

Visiting address

Aapistie 5A, FI-90014 University of Oulu

Postal address

P.O.Box 5000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland