The Centre of Excellence for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) investigated language as a social and discursive phenomenon, processes of linguistic change and variationist typology. The research built on the work and achievements of the Helsinki-based Centre of Excellence funded in 2000–2005 and of the Jyväskylä English Voices in Finland project. The new CoE expanded its research agenda into language use in contact situations, including relations between English and the national languages of Finland.
VARIENG crossed disciplinary boundaries by integrating into the study of language approaches and methods from other fields such as social history, culture and learning research and computer science. The CoE had more than 40 members from the Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä.
The CoE was headed by Professor Terttu Nevalainen.