- Ph.D., Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1998
- M.A., Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1992
- International Consultant in Multilingual Education (2010–)
- Multilingual Education Consultant, Asia, SIL International (2003–)
- Lecturer, Payap University, Thailand (2004–)
- Consultant, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), language and language-in-education policy research (2007–2009)
- Consultant, UNICEF-Vietnam on language policy and practice in Vietnamese education (2004)
- Visiting Lecturer and Consultant, language development, Mahidol University, Thailand (2000–2002)
- Literacy Specialist, SIL International, Thailand (1998–2003)
- Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
- Union of Education in Finland
- Language-in-education & language policy
- Basic education and literacy in non-dominant languages
- Multilingual education (MLE)
- Local language development
- Planning and evaluation of rural education programs
Kosonen, Kimmo and Carol Benson. 2010. Language-in-education policy and practice in Southeast Asia in light of the findings from Ethiopia. In Multilingual education works: From the periphery to the centre, ed. K. Heugh and T. Skutnabb-Kangas, 134–163. New Delhi: Orient Black Swan.
Kosonen, Kimmo. 2008. Literacy in local languages in Thailand: Language maintenance in a globalised world. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 11(2): 170–188.
———. 2006. Multigrade teaching among ethnic minority children: the language issue. In Reaching EFA through multi-grade teaching: Issues, contexts and practices, ed. Linley Cornish, 239–258. Armidale, NSW, Australia: Kardoorair Press.
———. 2005. Vernaculars in literacy and basic education in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Current Issues in Language Planning 6(2): 122–142.
———. 2003. Community participation in minority language education in Thailand. Journal of Southeast Asian Education 4(1): 104–136.
———. 2002. Vernacular literacy in community development: the Chong of Thailand. InVoices from Phnom Penh. Development & Language: Global Influences & Local Effects, ed. J. Lo Bianco, 243–260. Melbourne: Language Australia.
———. 1998. What makes an education project work? Conditions for successful functioning of an Indian primary-level programme of nonformal education. Publications in Education No 41. Joensuu, Finland: University of Joensuu.
Kosonen, Kimmo and Cynthia Guttman. 1994. A Notre Portée: l'histoire de PROPEL, projet d'education non-formelle pour les enfants ruraux en Inde. Paris: UNESCO.
Kosonen, Kimmo and Catherine Young. 2010. Mother tongue as bridge language of instruction in Southeast Asia. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Conference of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 1–5 March, in Chicago, Illinois.
Kosonen, Kimmo and Carol Benson. 2009.Policy and practice in mother tongue-based education: Comparing Ethiopia with Southeast Asia. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 22–26 March, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Kosonen, Kimmo. 2008. Language-in-education policies in Southeast Asia. A keynote address at the Regional Consultative Workshop on Using the Mother Tongue as Bridge Language of Instruction in Southeast Asian Countries: Policy, Strategies and Advocacy, 19–21 February, in Bangkok, Thailand.
———. 2008. What is multilingual education and how can it benefit learners and societies? Plenary presentation at international conference on National Language Policy: Language Diversity for National Unity, 4–5 July, in Bangkok, Thailand.
———. 2007. Education for all in the multilingual world – Is this feasible? Paper presented at the annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference, 25 February–1 March, in Baltimore, Maryland.
———. 2007. Quality education for all in multilingual settings: in which language? Paper presented at the UKFIET (Oxford) Conference, 11–13 September, in Oxford, UK.
———. 2006. Language-in-education policy and practice in Vietnam. Paper presented at the annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 14–19 March in Honolulu, Hawaii.
———. 2006. Why the learners’ first language (L1) must be used in bilingual education. Paper presented at The Education Forum for Asia, 20–22 October, in Beijing, China.
Kosonen, Kimmo. 2010. A review of Minority languages, education and communities in China by Linda Tsung in Language Policy 9:269–271. DOI 10.1007/s10993-009-9160-9.
———. 2009. First language-based education for non-dominant language speakers: Issues and challenges. Presentation at a public forum: Next steps in advocating for indigenous languages in education. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia, 27 October.
———. 2009. First Language-based multilingual education can help those excluded by language. Plenary panel presentation at the 12th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, 24–26 March in Bangkok, Thailand,
———. 2009. (with Catherine Young), (eds.) Mother tongue as bridge language of instruction: policies and experiences in Southeast Asia. Bangkok: Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).
———. 2008. Language-in-education policies in Southeast Asia. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization and Multilingual Education in Ethnolinguistic Communities, 1–3 July in Bangkok, Thailand.
———. 2005. The role of language in learning: What does international research say? In First language first: Community-based literacy programmes for minority language context in Asia, 87–95. Bangkok: UNESCO.http://www2.unescobkk.org/elib/publications/first_language/index.htm.
———. 2005. Education in local languages: Policy and practice in South-East Asia. In first language first: Community-based literacy programmes for minority language context in Asia, 96–134. Bangkok: UNESCO. http://www2.unescobkk.org/elib/publications/first_language/index.htm.
Kosonen, Kimmo, Susan Malone and Catherine Young. 2007. Promoting literacy in multilingual settings. Bangkok: UNESCO. http://www2.unescobkk.org/elib/publications/100/.