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 widely in international journals and books and she is the 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, forthcoming), 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 the Music education, professionalism, and Eco-Politics (EcoPolitics, 2021-2025) project, funded by the Academy of Finland. She is also the Co-PI in Music for social impact: practitioners' contexts, work, and beliefs (2020-2022), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. In year 2022, she acts as the Chair of the Uniarts Helsinki's Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA).
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