Mika Risku is the director of the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Prior to working at the university he worked as a teacher and principal in secondary education.
He is active in several national and international networks on educational leadership.
He enjoys teaching and is glad to be able to participate as a teacher with IEL education programmes.
As a researcher he conducts a national research program in educational leadership for the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and is a member of several international research networks. His doctoral research on superintendency is a pioneering study on the topic in Finland.
He is especially interested in examining education as a tool for social justice, in looking at leadership as resource and in pedagogical leadership.