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Markku  Niemivirta

Markku Niemivirta


PhD, Docent of Educational Psychology

School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, Philosophical Faculty | +358 50 518 9827


Educational psychology, research on motivation, learning, and well-being; quantitative methods; doctoral studies; thesis supervision


My research focuses on the interplay between students’ motivation, learning, and well-being, and particularly on their developmental and situational dynamics. Also the relationships between the development of math skills and motivation as well as math-related educational pathways and choices are of specific interest to me.


I am the director of KASVA doctoral programme and the chair of the board of FinEd, The Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences.

Information on my pre-UEF academic activities can be found here.

Research groups and communities

Motivation, Learning, and Well-Being -Research Collective (MoLeWe)

MoLeWe-logoThe MoLeWe collective represents a group of researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), University of Helsinki (UH), University of Turku (UTU), National Defence University (NDU), Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), and University of Oulu (UO) collaborating in the fields of education and educational psychology. The MoLeWe site serves as our joint home base where you can find information on our research, including PhD projects, as well as our experiences in the academia. We will share our stories and thoughts in a blog, both in English and in Finnish.

Learning In Digitalized Society (DIGS)

Our multidisciplinary research community, Learning, everyday life and work in a digitalized society (DIGS), involves researchers and research groups from the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. Our research covers learning pathways through the whole life span, and focuses on the special nature of learning and its support in the highly digitalized world. We explore the new learning opportunities and possibilities offered by the digitalized society, as well as the learning requirements and expectations set by digitalization.


Preprints can be found here.

Social networks

You may also find me on Bluesky ja Threads.


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