Lauri Väkevä selected as vice rector for research

Lauri Väkevä, Professor of Music Education at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, has been selected as the vice rector responsible for research and doctoral education of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

The selection emphasised Väkevä’s strong vision for elevating the profile and visibility of the research conducted at the University of the Arts Helsinki among other universities and on an international scale.

The committee highlighted Väkevä’s work experience that has given him a more comprehensive perspective that stretches beyond his own academy and the organisation and an ability to lead in change management. Väkevä has demonstrated expertise in acquiring research funding and conducting international research. He has also held the position of chair of the ethics committee at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

His main research interests cover Afro-American music, popular music pedagogy, history of popular music, pragmatist aesthetics, philosophy of music education, informal learning and digital music culture. Aside of his academic career, he has also worked as a musician, music journalist and teacher.

Väkevä is the team leader for the research group Basic Arts Education for All that is part of the ArtsEqual research project coordinated by the University of the Arts Helsinki.

The position of vice rector is part-time, and the term will last until the end of 2017.