I am a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Education and Culture at Tampere University (EDU). My research interests include social interaction and student well-being in comprehensive school. In my PhD research I study social support as a relational system and it’s dynamic relations to engaging and enjoying schoolwork and learning.

Currently I work as a doctoral researcher in EDU and my work has been previously supported by the Emil Aaltonen foundation. I am also a deputy board member in PERLA – Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research. My doctoral dissertation is a part of the research projects “School matters” and “Teachers’ Strategies Matter ”.


Rautanen, P., Soini, T., Pietarinen, J. & Pyhältö, K. (2020).  Primary school students’ perceived social support in relation to study engagement. European journal of Psychology of Education. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10212-020-00492-3


Twitter: @PihlaRa

ORCID: 0000-0003-4880-5564