Marika Matengu

PhD (Education)
University teacher
Education and equity

Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education
Faculty of Education and Psychology


My career path as a researcher has developed through years of working in development cooperation projects and teacher education in Southern Africa, mainly Namibia. With a background as a primary school teacher, the question that has driven my research interests has been how to develop education that is meaningful and contributes to the well-being of future generations and more democratic societies. I have been particularly interested in contexts that have faced various challenges of educational inequality and marginalization. My doctoral thesis explored these themes in rural Namibian communities with a specific focus on pre-primary education. I have been teaching in the Faculty of Education and Psychology since 2021 and coordinating project activities related to global learning crisis and innovation in teaching and learning (see GINTL).

Research interests

  • Education and equity
  • Education development and international partnerships
  • Education in minoritized/marginalized contexts and culturally responsive education
  • Teacher education for social justice

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PL 2000
90014 University of Oulu