Dr. Kumpulainen’s research draws on the fields of educational and learning sciences, literacy and media studies, with a specific interest on sociocultural and posthuman theorizing. Methodologically, her research is informed by video research, interaction analysis, multimodal analysis, studies of discourse, visual studies, interactional ethnography, as well as social design experiments and co-participatory research. Many of her research projects have developed new methods of analyzing social interaction and learning processes in technology-rich learning environments and researching with children, increasing knowledge of collaborative research and democratic forms of inquiry. Dr. Kumpulainen’s portfolio evidences an outstanding record of research grants and externally funded research projects from highly competitive and distinguished programs.

Research Projects

  • 2020–2023
    Widening and diversifying citizen engagement in science (ALLINTERACT)
    Horizon 2020, SwafS-20-2018-2019, Type of action: RIA
  • 2020–2022
    An interdisciplinary, international and collaborative research approach to developing critical digital health pedagogies for teachers of physical education
    Co-Principal Investigator, UNA Europa 
  • 2019–2022
    Digital mediation of children’s interactions with the more-than-human world: Perezhivaniya and literate practices
    Co-Principal Investigator, Australian Research Council 
  • 2019–2021
    Nordic Research Network on Digitalising Childhoods
    Principal Investigator, NOS HS/Academy of Finland
  • 2017–2020
    Learning by making: The educational potential of school-based makerspaces for young learners’ digital competencies
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 2016–2020
    The Joy of Learning Multiliteracies (MOI) research and development program
    Principal Investigator, Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 2016–2019
    Makerspaces in early years: Enhancing digital literacy and creativity (MakEY)
    Co-Principal Investigator, EU HORIZON RISE program
  • 2016–2018
    A comparative study of early childhood education in selected high performing countries
    Co-Principal Investigator, NCEE/Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • 2014–2019
    The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY)
    Co-Principal Investigator, COST-program ISCH COST Action IS1410 
  • 2014–2016
    Playful Learning Center
    Principal Investigator, Business Finland (former TEKES)
  • 2013–2017
    Social ecologies of children’s resilience among young children starting school in South-Africa and Finland: A visual participatory study
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland 
  • 2010–2013
    Children’s efficacious agency in formal and informal contexts
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 2009–2012
    Virtual Intelligent Space for Collaborative Innovation
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 2008–2010
    ICT in Learning and Teaching in Finnish Comprehensive Schools
    Principal Investigator, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • 2008–2009
    Review of Research on Learning Environments
    Principal Investigator, National Agency for Education
  • 2008–2009
    Learning Bridges: Teaching and learning at the intersection of formal and informal learning environments
    Principal Investigator, Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 2006–2009
    The ecology of young learners’ science learning and thinking
    Co-Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 2002–2006
    Mathematics teacher learning in the information society
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 2000–2005
    The social construction of scientific understanding in a community of learners
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 1998–2000
    Community of learners in science and mathematics
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 1995–1998
    Functional analysis of children’s classroom talk
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland
  • 1990–1995
    Personal grants for doctoral studies
    Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland, Honkanen trust, Cultural Foundation of Finland, Ehnrooth trust, Wainstein trust