I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Education and Culture at Tampere University. My research interests include social interaction, student well-being, and learning in comprehensive school. In my research I study social support as a relational system and it’s relations to students’ study experiences including both positive and negative aspects of study wellbeing (i.e. study engagement and study burnout). Further, I focus in my study on students’ learning agency, it’s anatomy and construction in social interaction.

Currently my work is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation. I have been a part of the research projects “School matters. Towards a research based school development” and “Teachers’ Strategies Matter – Unknown Resource for Buffering School Differences in Student Learning and Well-being”. My dissertation based on the research project “Learning, Agency and Pedagogical Well-Being in Comprehensive School”.


Ulmanen Sanna, Soini Tiina, Pietarinen Janne, Pyhältö Kirsi, Rautanen Pihla. (Submitted). Primary and Lower Secondary School Pupils’ Social Support Profiles and Study Wellbeing. The Journal of Early Adolescence.

Ulmanen Sanna, Soini Tiina, Pietarinen Janne, Pyhältö Kirsi. (2016). Students’ experiences of the development of emotional engagement. International Journal of Educational Research 79, 86-96.

Ulmanen Sanna, Soini Tiina, Pietarinen Janne, Pyhältö Kirsi. (2016). The anatomy of adolescents’ emotional

Ulmanen Sanna, Soini Tiina, Pyhältö Kirsi, Pietarinen Janne. (2014). Strategies for academic engagement perceived by Finnish sixth and eighth graders. Cambridge Journal of Education 44 (3), 425-443.

Soini Tiina, Pietarinen Janne, Pyhältö Kirsi, Westling Suvi Krista, Ahonen Elsi, Järvinen Sanna. (2012). Mitä jos opettaja etääntyy työstään? Näkökulmia opettajan työhön kiinnittymiseen. Nuorisotutkimus 30 (2), 5-20.


Ulmanen Sanna. 2017. Miten kiinnittyä kouluun? Oppilaiden näkökulma koulutyöhön kiinnittymisen haasteisiin. Väitöskirja. Tampere: Tampere University Press. (Acta Electronica Universitatis Tamperensis 1792).


Twitter: @SannaUlmanen