Escaping numbers? the ambiguities of governance through data in public sector.

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The University of Tampere, Main Building, A32


Organized by Dr Nelli Piattoeva (Faculty of Education) and Professor Rebecca Boden (Director New Social Research programme).




Place: Main Building, A32
9.00-9.30 welcome /opening / introductions
9.30-11.00 Key-note Radhika Gorur Escaping Numbers: Intimate Accounting and the challenge to numbers in Australia’s ‘Education Revolution’, followed by commentary and discussion by Arathi Sriprakash


11.00-12.00 Paper presentations I
Reetta Muhonen Impact talk and the value of social sciences and humanities research (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Zsuzsa Millei Provisional numbers: 'Policy doing' at the preschool (Institute for Advanced Social Research and Faculty of Education)

12.00–13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Paper presentations II
Hannele Mäkelä The use and non-use of accounting information in higher education institutions (Faculty of Management)
Olli Herranen EU and the 3% deficit rule – how it constructs the financial side of the EU (Faculty of Social Sciences)
14.00-14.30 Coffee
14.30-16.00 Numbers Dilemmas: the challenges of doing research on numbers.
Anni Kangas How to research the aesthetic political economy of indexes/numbers? (Faculty of Management)
Katri-Maria Järvinen How to study survey measures and quantitative knowledge making? (Faculty of Social Sciences).
Nelli Piattoeva How and what sense to make of our experiences of researching the impact of performance measurement? (Faculty of Education)

16.00-16.30 Way forward? Discussion on the collection of personal stories about “numbers encounters” in academia; possibility of a special issue

16.30-17.00 Plenary with Rebecca Boden, Radhika Gorur, Eeva Luhtakallio, Arathi Sriprakash

Co-sponsored by:
● “Transnational Dynamics in Quality Assurance and Evaluation Politics of Basic Education in Brazil, China and Russia (BCR)”, funded by The Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills (TULOS), Academy of Finland research programmes, 2014-2017.
● International Perspectives on Educational Discourses, Policies and Practices research group, School of Education
● New Social Research programme


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For more information, please contact:

Nelli Piattoeva, tel. 040 190 1471, email:
Rebecca Boden, tel. 050 509 9205, email: