IRJA HAAPALA-BIGGS

University Lecturer, Home Economics

PhD Nutrition, RegNutr(Public Health), MSc Clin Nutr, RegNutr(Clin Nutr), Teacher Cert

I have extensive national and international experience in research, engagement and higher education within the fields of Home Economics, Nutrition, Health, Public Health, Education and Social Sciences. I have also published extensively in these fields. My research has included complex national and international research projects with several partners and multiple stakeholders from many disciplines, nationalities and interest groups. Many have concerned older people and ways to support healthy and active ageing through intergenerational collaboration, which has been a continuing professional interest of mine. Research strategies have ranged from literature reviews to longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, interventions, surveys and explorative interviews using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Contact info

Organization

Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education

Email

irja.haapala@uef.fi

Phone

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Publications

Teaching Activities

Within the Home Economics Teacher's Masters Course, I coordinate the courses of Food Literacy and Pedagogy, Nutrition and Well-being, Food cultures and student placements.

Societal Activities

Editorial Board Member. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 2018 -

Research groups and research projects

Current research interests:
Transitioning to a sustainable diet to support wellbeing at the personal and community level.
Commensality in 2020’s Home Economics, Nordic collaboration
Generational Intelligence in Nurse Training, collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Part of the UEF research group: Micro-Scale Agency in Sustainability Transformations (Mast)

Past research and projects:
Dementia in the Public Domain, Social aspects of dementia, research project based at the University of Melbourne, Australia
Food at Work Round the Clock. Nordic collaboration
Novel and Mobile Technologies in Health. Nordic collaboration with China