Riikka Haapalainen is an art historian, researcher and museum educator based in Helsinki, Finland. She works as a lecturer for exhibition pedagogy at the Department of Art, Aalto University. Previously, she has worked as the head of education at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, researcher at the Finnish National Gallery’s Museum Pedagogical Department and free-lance art critic. She holds MA in Art history and BEd in Adult education. Her doctoral research at the University of Helsinki focuses on the participatory forms of contemporary art and on the notions of utopia and educational turn in contemporary art.
Haapalainen has been lecturing among others at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, the University of Helsinki and the Open University of Helsinki. She has published on contemporary art, art theory, art history writing and museum pedagogy.