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Feb 2015Present

Doctoral Student (Ph.D. in Philosophy)

University of Helsinki

Research area:

Intercultural Education, Multilingual education, Language  ideologies,  Teacher education and development, Discourse analysis, Chinese as a second language

Sep 2007Jun 2009

Master's degree of Art in Education

University of Oulu

Study area: Education for sustainable development, Education for all, Issues of globalisation, Curriculum and teaching, Educational leadership etc.

Aug 2000Jun 2004

Bachelor's Degree of Art in English/Education

South China Normal University

Study area: Teaching English as a foreign/second language, Language acquisition, Pedagogical studies, Educational psychology.


  •  2016-2019, winner of full Personal Grant for  Doctoral Researchers, Kone Foundation.

Publications and Edited Work

  • Liu, H. & Holmes, P. (2018), Ideologies of Chinese language in Finland--a critical analysis of political and media discourses.  Global Chinese, 4(2). 
  • Liu, H., & Dervin, F. (2016). A transdisciplinary approach to examining and confidence-boosting the experiences of Chinese teachers of Chinese in Finland. L2 Journal, 8(4).
  • Dervin, F & Liu. H. (2015). “Education is a life marathon rather than a hundred-meter race”: Chinese ‘folk’ comparative discourses on Finnish educationCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. (forthcoming)
  • Riitaoja, A., Layne, H., Liu, H.,  Paavola, H.,  Kralovec, E.,  Orozco, R.. (2015). Constructing norms and silences on diversities through the spaces in three schools in Helsinki region in Finland.  World Studies in Education.
  • Co-editor the Nordic-Chinese Intersections within Education, Palgrave Macmillan Books. (Forthcoming)

Work Experience

 1321, August 2018

Lecturer and coordinator

Helsinki Summer School

Summer school course: Interculturality in a New Global World: China's One Belt, One Road as an Example

Guest lecturer

The confucius Institute of Helsinki


Mar 2010 Jan 2014

English Teacher and House Supervisor

U-link College, Guangzhou (China)

Specialized in teaching English as a second language to 4 different groups of Chinese students, helping them to prepare for A-level English Exams. 

Jul 2004Jun 2007

English teacher

Nanhai Shimen Experimental Middle School (China)

Specialized in teaching English as a second language to two groups of Chinese teenage students. 

Other Academic Activities

  •  29-31 August 2018   (Co) Organizer of the IALIC conference 2018 in Helsinki: The 'Good' Interculturalist.
  • 6-8 September 2018    Participation and presentation in the 2ndInternational Conference on Sociolinguistics: Insights from Superdiversity, Complexity and Multimodality. Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  • 19-24 November 2017  Visting National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • 24-25June 2016 Participation and presentation in the international conference of A ‘Golden Era’ for China & UK Educational Relations in Institute of Education of University College of London
  • 22-23 May 2017   Conference Secretary of the 2017 International conference Teachers Of Chinese As A Foreign And Second Language Today-Being and Becoming a Teacher of Chinese as a Foreign and Second Language Today.
  • 2015-present   (Co) Director of Chinese Education Research Group (CERG) in the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki:
  • 2015-2017 Member of E4D (Education for Diversities) Research Group, University of Helsinki