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Kristiina Kumpulainen

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Kumpulainen is an established scholar in children's playful and creative communication and learning. Her current research focuses on the ways in which digitalisation is transforming children's play, literacies, and learning, and how children display agency and resilience in our changing and, at-times, troubling times.
Her publications include:
Kumpulainen, K., et al. (2014). Building on the positive in children's lives: a co-participatory study on the social construction of children's sense of agency, Early Child Development and Care, 184:2, 211-229, DOI:
Kumpulainen, K., et al., (2020). Young children’s digital literacy practices in the sociocultural contexts of their homes. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 20(3), 472-499.
Vartiainen, J., & Kumpulainen, K. (2020). Playing with science: Manifestation of scientific play in early science inquiry. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 28(4), 490-503.
Kumpulainen, K. & Theron, L. (2019). Researching resilience processes in children's everyday lives during transitioning to school: A dialogic approach. In D. Whitebread, V. Grau, K. Kumpulainen, M. M. McClelland, N. E. Perry, & D. Pino-Pasternak (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood
Education (pp. 80-94). Los Angeles: SAGE.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University


  • 1994 
    University of Exeter, PhD