Sanna Toiviainen is currently working as a Research coordinator and a Postdoctoral researcher at the AGORA for the Study of Social Justice and Equality in Education -Research Centre, Department of Education, University of Helsinki. From August 2020 she will begin as an Associate Professor in the Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies, University of South-Eastern Norway.
Sanna’s previous research has focused on guidance practices for youth in the margins of education and work, with a special interest in the construction of agency in the context of career guidance. Sanna has studied the life trajectories and guidance experiences of youth in the margins to open up avenues to critically revisit practices and cultures of career counselling and guidance. Her theoretical and methodological background is in sociology, feminist theory, narrative theory and ethnography. Sanna has also worked several years as a career counsellor and involved in national development work and core curriculum design of career guidance in comprehensive and general upper secondary education in Finland.