Tuulikki Laes (D.Mus)
Tuulikki Laes is a researcher in music education. She holds a doctoral degree from music education (University of the Arts Helsinki 2017). Laes worked as a researcher in ArtsEqual since the beginning of the project in in two teams: Basic Arts Education for All and Visions – Systems Analysis and Policy Recommendations. As part of ArtsEqual, she assumed the role of visiting scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria in 2017-2018. Previously Laes has worked as a teacher at the department of music education (2013-2018) and as a lecturer at the MuTri doctoral school (2018-2019). Her post doctoral project "The Transformative Politics of Music Education in the Ageing Society" is funded by the Academy of Finland (1.9.2019-31.8.2022).
Laes completed her doctorate with a pass with distinction in May 2017 from the UniArts. In her dissertation she examines the ‘impossibility of inclusion’ in music education through challenging the assumptions of appropriate music education in terms of ‘special’ and ‘regular’ education, dis/ability, and age. In her current post doctoral project at CERADA she focuses on the political outlooks to the meanings and value of lifelong learning in music education. She has also conducted a policy brief as part of ArtsEqual together with the research team on the accessibility of basic education in the arts. Laes has published widely single and co-authored articles and book chapters in English and in Finnish. The complete publication list will be found in VIRTA and on the personal website.