Outi Kanste

PhD, docent

University lecturer
PhD, adjunct professor (docent)


Leading the research group that is researching social and health care management and leadership, services and staff wellbeing from the viewpoints of patients, professionals and managers. Research materials are based on surveys, interviews, documents and register-based studies.

Supervising and teaching doctoral candidates and master students.

Responsible person of Master's Degree programme in Health Management Science

Research interests

  • Management and leadership in social and health care, digital leadership
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration and leadership, service integration
  • Knowledge-based management, leading evidence-based health care
  • Social and health services, person and patient-centeredness, frequent attenders, leadership in digital services
  • Staff wellbeing in social and health care
  • Statistical methods, content analysis, systematic reviews

Social media

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Opponent and reviewer of doctoral dissertations
  • Peer reviewer of over 10 international scientific journals
  • Substitute member of doctoral training committee for Health and Biosciences, University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)

Research groups

  • Leader of the research group: Management in Social and Health care, HealthManagement

Thesis supervisions

Teacher's pedagogical qualification
  • supervised over 100 master's theses

Research visits

  • National Institute for Health and Welfare

    Visiting senior researcher