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), and Expanding Professionalism in Music and Higher Music Education (Routledge, forthcoming in Spring 2021).
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 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 (2020-2022), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK.