SLATE Guest Lecture

Soila Lemmety

June 9, 2023

11:00 - 11:45


Learning and innovations in police and technology work: Ethnographic examinations on paradoxes, practices and consequences


In this 30min presentation (+ 15 minutes for comments & questions), visiting researcher Soila Lemmetty will talk about learning and innovation in police and technology work. The presentation is based on her previous PhD research, a new Postdoc project, as well as concrete cases and observations of everyday working life in Finland. Lemmety will present her findings on the problems, benefits, and frameworks of (self-directed) learning in technology and police work based on the ethnographic research strategy that she has used in her research. She also presents preliminary findings on how innovation can be understood in different ways in different workplaces, and how learning relates to innovation processes.


Soila Lemmetty is an adult educator and researcher with an interest in adult learning, creativity and well-being. Her research explores the learning and creativity of individuals and groups in different work contexts. She is doing her postdoctoral research in the School of Educational Sciences and Psychology in University of Eastern Finland and currently leading on a research project funded by the Academy of Finland on employee-driven innovation and learning. The project aims to add knowledge on the connections, conditions and consequences of learning and innovation processes in the contexts of technology- and police work. Soila got her doctoral degree in adult education (University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Education and Psychology) in 2020. In her PhD, she examined self-directed workplace learning in technology-based work.  Soila is an Associate Editor in the Finnish Journal of Working Life Studies as well as Engineering Management Review journal, and a Junior Member of the International Society for the Study of Creativity and Innovation (ISSCI). She is also a docent (in the field of workplace learning and innovations) in University of Jyväskylä. Soila has published her research in international journals such as Journal of Workplace Learning, Vocations and Learning, Studies in Continuing Education and Nordic Journal of Working life Studies.

‍Visiting Address:

Christiesgate 12, 2nd floor

Postal Address:

University of Bergen
PO Box 7807
N-5020 Bergen, Norway