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 wellbeing (i.e. study engagement and study burnout) and learning outcomes. 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, S., Soini, T., Pietarinen, J., Pyhältö, K., & Rautanen, P. (2022). Primary and Lower Secondary School Students’ Social Support Profiles and Study Wellbeing. The Journal of Early Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1177/02724316211058061

Ulmanen S., Soini, T., Pietarinen, J. & Pyhältö, K. (2016). Students’ experiences of the development of emotional engagement. International Journal of Educational Research, 79, 86-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2016.06.003

Ulmanen, S., Soini, T., Pietarinen, J. & Pyhältö, K(2016). The anatomy of adolescents’ emotional engagement in schoolwork. Social Psychology of Education, 19, 587–606. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11218-016-9343-0

Ulmanen S., Soini, T., Pyhältö, K. & Pietarinen, J. (2014). Strategies for academic engagement perceived by Finnish sixth and eighth graders. Cambridge Journal of Education, 44(3), 425-443. https://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2014.921281

Soini, T., Pietarinen, J., Pyhältö, K., Westling S.-K., Ahonen, E., Järvinen, S. (2012). Mitä jos opettaja etääntyy työstään? Näkökulmisa 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