Heidi Westerlund is a professor at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, where she is also responsible for the music education doctoral studies. She has published widely in international journals and books and she is the co-editor of Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education (Ashgate, 2013), Reflektiivinen musiikkikasvattaja (PS-Kustannus, 2013), Music, Education, and Religion: Intersections and Entanglements (Indiana University Press, 2019), Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education (Springer, 2020), Expanding Professionalism in Music and Higher Music Education (Routledge, in print) and Politics of Diversity in Music Education (Springer, in print).
Her research interests include higher arts education, music teacher education, collaborative learning, cultural diversity and democracy in music education. She is currently leading two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland: The arts as public service: Strategic steps towards equality (2015-2021) and Global visions through mobilizing networks: Co-developing intercultural music teacher education in Finland, Israel and Nepal (2015-2020). She is also the Co-PI in Music for social impact: practitioners' contexts, work, and beliefs (2020-2023), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK.