University of Oulu, 2019

INSPIRES Research Community

INSPIRES (INStitutions and PractIces of new liteRaciES)

Traditionally literacy research has been conducted in isolation within disciplines such as psycholinguistics, education, and psychology. Moreover, literacies have been investigated as instrumental skills of individuals rather than as practices in a social context, taking into account both historical continuities and discontinuities in cultural forms of life.

INSPIRES aims at generating interdisciplinary knowledge about literacies needed in contemporary information environments through an integrative approach to information studies, science communication, and educational sciences. Interdisciplinary research on literacies is demanded to get a grasp of this complex, multidimensional phenomenon, including both new literacy practices and new ways of understanding the concept of literacies.

The purpose of INSPIRES is to introduce new theoretical knowledge, novel methodologies and elaborated methods by examining the literacies and related practices of institutions of media, schools, homes, the memory functions of society (libraries, archives, museums) and health care, and in the everyday lives of citizens.    

INSPIRES has conducted interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical studies, including the Joy of Reading Program (2013–2015) funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Academy of Finland funded project CogAHealth (2016–2020). INSPIRES researchers have published jointly in high-quality peer-reviewed international and domestic scientific forums, and popularized the findings of this research to wider audiences. INSPIRES also responds to changing structures of the contemporary and future society, including the labour markets. It provides doctoral and research-based education for degree students at the University of Oulu and also in-service education to enhance multi-professionalism. It arranges a monthly research seminar where the participants can share and receive feedback on their research.

The following researchers are currently involved in INSPIRES:

Senior Scholars

Maija-Leena Huotari, PhD, Professor

Erkki Karvonen, PhD, Professor

Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki, PhD, Professor Emerita

Heidi Enwald, PhD, MSc, Adjunct professor

Terttu Kortelainen, PhD, MSc, Adjunct professor

Vesa Suominen, PhD, Adjunct professor, Emeritus

Noora Hirvonen, PhD, Adjunct professor, Associate professor (tenure track)

Post-doctoral Researchers

Anna Suorsa, PhD

Laura Palmgren-Neuvonen, PhD

Helena Känsäkoski, PhD

Doctoral Students

Virve Antinoja, MA

Aira Huttunen, MA

Riitta-Liisa Karjalainen, MEd

Teija Keränen, MA, MSc

Kaisu Koivumäki, MA

Anna-Maija Multas, MA

Tuula Nygård, MEd

Siinamari Tikkinen, MEd

Annette Ukkola, MEd

Ville Jylhä, MA

Moreover, researchers in the Health Information Mastering, HIM-Oulu&Åbo research group are involved in INSPIRES.

Last updated: 5.1.2021