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Haiqin Liu

Doctoral Candidate      University of Helsinki


Feb 2015Present

Doctoral Candidate (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            Research    Grant for Doctoral Researchers, Kone Foundation, Finland
  • 2017-2019   Research Grant for Doctoral Researchers, Kone Foundation, Finland

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(2017). “Education is a life marathon rather than a hundred-meter race”: Chinese ‘folk’ comparative discourses on Finnish education. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
  • 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).
  • Liu, H., Dervin, F.; Xu, H.L.; Meloney, R. (2019). “They have it better there”: Critical Cross-national Comparisons as a Tool in Teachers’ Professional Development.  Journal of Teacher Education. (under review) 
  • Wang, H. & Liu, H. (2018). Overview of Chinese Language Education in Finland (under review)
  • 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, 16(2).
  • Riitaoja, A., Layne, H., Liu, H., Orozco, R., Paavola, H. (2017). Constructing Norms and Silences on Power Issues Related to Diversities Displayed in School Spaces: Analysis of Schools in Finland and the United States. In T. Itkonen & F. Dervin (Eds.), Silent partners in multicultural education (pp. 51-76). 
  • Nordic-Chinese Intersections within Education. / Liu, Haiqin (Editor); Dervin, Fred (Editor); Du, Xiangyun (Editor). Palgrave Macmillan. (Forthcoming)

Work Experience

 1321, August 2018

Teacher and coordinator

Helsinki Summer School

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

Mar 2010 Jan 2014

English Teacher and House Supervisor

U-link College, Guangzhou (China)

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


School of International Education, South China University of Technology

Assisting the office with student communication and programme promotion

Jul 2004Jun 2007

English teacher

Nanhai Shimen Experimental Middle School (China)

Teaching English as a second language to two groups of teenage students and assisting with other academic related matters

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.
  • June 2018-present  Member of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE)-University of Helsinki Joint Research Center of Intercultural Studies.
  • 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