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Heidi Westerlund is a professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, where she is responsible for music education doctoral studies. She has published over 140 articles and book chapters. She is the co-author of Music education, ecopolitical professionalism and public pedagogy: Towards systems transformation (SpringerBriefs in Education, 2024) with M. Barrett and co-editor of: Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education (Ashgate, 2013/Routledge, 2016);  Musiikkikasvattaja. Kohti reflektiivistä käytäntöä (PS-Kustannus, 2013); Music, Education, and Religion: Intersections and Entanglements (Indiana University Press, 2019); Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education (Springer, 2020); Politics of Diversity in Music Education (Springer, 2021), Expanding Professionalism in Music and Higher Music Education (Routledge, 2021), Music Schools in Changing Societies: How Collaborative Professionalism Can Transform Music Education (Routledge, 2024), and The Transformative Politics of Music Education (Routledge, forthcoming). Her research interests include higher arts education and professionalism in music, music teacher education, collaborative learning, cultural diversity and democracy in music education. She is currently leading two projects funded by the Research Council of Finland: Music education, professionalism, and Eco-Politics (EcoPolitics, 2021-2025) and Transition pathways towards gender inclusion in the changing musical landscapes of Nepal (amplifyHer).


Photo: Eeva Anundi

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