Anssi Peräkylä

Anssi Peräkylä

  • Finland

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)



1985 …2024

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Curriculum vitae




Personal details and date of CV

Surname: Peräkylä

First names: Anssi Matti

ORCID: 0000-0003-1633-1966

Date of writing the CV: June 11, 2021



1992 Ph.D, Sociology, University of London, UK

1985 M.Soc.Sci, Sociology, University of Tampere, Finland

1980 B.A. (sosiaalihuoltajatutkinto), Social Work, University of Tampere, Finland


Current employment

01.01.2019-31.12.2023 Academy Professor, University of Helsinki 

Career stage: Professor

2004-present: Part time psychotherapist 


Previous work experience 

1994-present Professor of Sociology, University of Helsinki

9.2019-12.2018 Research Director (tutkimusjohtaja), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 1.8.2009–31.7.2012 Research Director (tutkimusjohtaja), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 1.8.1998-31.7.2003 Professor of Social Psychology, University of Tampere.

1.1.1989–31.12.1991 Research Fellow, University of London Goldsmiths' College, Department of           Sociology, 

1.1.1987–31.8.1994. (1.1.1988–31.12.1991 on a leave of absence for research work in London University)Assistant Professor, University of Tampere, Department of Sociology and Social Psychology

15.8.1986-31.12.1986 Researcher, University of Tampere, Department of Sociology and Social Psychology

1.8.1984–31.7.1986 Lecturer of Social Sciences, Luther-opisto (Church of Finland College training parish-based social workers and youth leaders), 


Research funding since 2015, 

2022-2023 Research expenses for the Academy Professorhsip. Academy of Finland decision 345076: EUR 660 000.

2019-2023 Academy Professorship: From narcissism to face work.  Academy of Finland decision 319113 (funding for my salary) EUR 781 195.

2019-2021 Research expenses for the Academy Professorhsip. Academy of Finland decision 320248: EUR 660 000

2016-2018 Coordinator of the EU (Marie Curie) project “The developmental basis of human intersubjectivity: development of empathy in early infancy” Funding: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014 “DEVOLEMPA”, Grant number 653957, €179,325.

2012-2017 Vice Director of the Finnish Center of Excellence for Intersubjectivity in Interaction. Academy of Finland funding for 2012-17: EUR 4 369 622. Director: Marja-Leena Sorjonen. 


 Research outputs

118 Peer reviewed journal articles

5 Research monographs

4 Edited books


Research supervision and leadership experience

Officially appointed supervisor of 24 completed doctoral dissertations in Universities of Helsinki, Tampere and Lund between 1998 and 2020; in 18 of these, the sole or the primary supervisor.  Officially appointed supervisor of numerous master’s theses. 

Leader of research team on social interaction since 1993 (team has had members from the University of Tampere and the University of Helsinki).  

Primary supervisor of the post doc work of Sanna Vehviläinen (PhD 1999), Johanna Ruusuvuori (PhD   2000), Esa Lehtinen (PhD 2002), Liisa Voutilainen (PhD 2010), Melisa Stevanovic (PhD 2013) and Elina Weiste (PhD 2016).


Teaching merits

Pedagogical training for folk high schools and adult education centres 1994-1995.

Major involvement in course planning and implementation of courses in sociology (BA, MA and doctoral studies levels) at the Universities of Tampere and Helsinki since 1993

Developed the web based introductory course on CA; course has been in regular use at the University of Helsinki since 2009.  


Awards and honours 

Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, October-December 2019

Nordic Psychoanalytic Research Price. Awarded by the Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Associations in 2018. 

The Westermarck Award for the best article in the journal Sosiologia in 2009-2010, awarded in 2010. 

Jephcott European Visiting Professor 1994/95, The Royal Society of Medicine

“The teacher of the year” award by Tampere University students of sociology and social psychology in 1998.

The Westermarck Society MA thesis award for the best thesis in sociology in 1986. 


Other key  academic merits 

Service in PhD examinations:  PhD opponent / external examiner 9 times in Finland, 6 times in the UK, once in Sweden. Twice a PhD committee member in Australia. Cum-laude committee member twice in the Netherlands. 23 PhD pre-examinations in Finland.

Evaluation of academic competence: UCLA, Department of Sociology (promotion to associate professorship and professorship, twice); University of Nottingham, Department of Sociology (promotions to senior lecturership, readership and professorship); University of Mancherster, Department of Sociology (promotion to professorship); University of York (RCUK Fellowship); City University of New York, Hunter College (promotion to associate professorship); The University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Communication (promotion to associate professorship); Åbo Akademi University (acting professor of sociology, senior assistant professor of sociology, professor of Sociology); University of Kuopio (professor of social psychology); University of Helsinki (docentships in sociology and social policy, lecturership in sociology at Swedish School of Social Science); Illinois State University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (promotion to full professorship); Loughborough University, Department of Social Sciences (chair in conversation analysis). Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information (promotion to associate professorship with tenure).

Reviewer of research grant applications: Academy of Finland, European Research Council, Swedish Research Council, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Research Councils UK, European Science Foundation, McArthur Foundation (USA), Leverhulme Trust (UK), Velux Fonden (Denmark), ANR (The French Research Agency), Swiss National Science Foundation, Marsden Fund / Royal Society for New Zealand, Research Foundation Flanders, International Psychoanalytic Association.

Memberships and positions of trust in scholarly societies: President, the Westermarck Society (the Finnish sociological association), 2012-2014; Member, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, since 2010; Member of the board, Aaltonen Foundation, since 2009.

Member of international expert groups: 2009-2010: International Benchmarking Review of Sociology in the United Kingdom;  2010: Review of the Kandidat, Magister, and Masters degree education in sociology in Sweden. 2015 and 2016: FORTE – Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd (Research Council for Health, Work, and Welfare), Sweden: member of the evaluation panel on Care and Social Relations 2. 

Member of editorial board: “Communication and Medicine”; “Discourse and Society”; “Sociology of Health and Illness” 2003-2011; “Research on Language and Social Interaction” 2008-2011 and 2015-, “Qualitative Sociology Review” 

Referee for scientific and scholarly journals: British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Sociological Theory, American Journal of Sociology, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociological Forum, Collabra, Health Expectations, Health, Risk and Society, Text, Sociolinguistics, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Patient Education and Counselling, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Religion, Sosiologia, Psykologia, Psykoanalyyttinen Psykoterapia, Sosiaalilääketieteellinen Aikakauslehti, Hoitotiede.

Adminstrative responsibilities in higher education and research organzations: Director, Masters programme in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2018; Vice Director, Finnish Center of Excellence in Research on Intersubjectivity in Interaction, 2012-2019; Responsible professor for the Discipline of Sociology, University of Helsinki, 2012-13; Director of the doctoral training network “Talk, action and interaction”, University of Helsinki (funding for five doctoral students), 2009-2013; Head of Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, 2007–2010; Member of the Board, the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, at Helsinki Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015-2018; Member of the Board, The Finnish Doctoral Program in Social Sciences, 2005-2014; Director of the National Graduate School of Language, Action and Interaction 2005-2014; Head of Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Tampere: 2001–2002

Invited keynote lectures abroad

- Annual @CASLC_UoY End-of-Academic-Year Celebratory Talk at the University of York, June 2021
- International workshop ”Facial gestures in interaction”, Universität Bayreuth January 2020
-  9th International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy, Berlin, June 2019
-  Public lecture at University of Linköping, Tema Barn, April 2019
- AWIA Symposium Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and Emotions, Nijmegen. 2018.
- International Conference on Conversation Analysis, University of Loughborough, July 2018: One day
long invited pre-conference workshop on research on psychotherapy and psychiatry.
- International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin. 2018
- Psychotherapy Process Research Strategies (PPRS IV), International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin. 2017
- European Sociological Association Research Network 20 Qualitative Methods:  Mid-Term Conference, Cracow. 2016           
- Public lecture at the International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin. 2015                   
- 26th International Attention and Performance Meeting, Aalto University. 2015             
- The Oslo Communication in Healthcare Education and Research (OCHER) group: 4th workshop on clinical communication,  2015

- International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy, University of Ghent, 2014
- International Conference on Conversation Analysis, UCLA, 2014: One day long  invited pre-conference workshop- International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Clinical Encounters; the Psychotherapy Day, University of York, 2013
- Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction, Linköping 2012
- Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences in Europe -Workshop, Technical University of Berlin, 2010
- Culture, Language and Interaction Colloquium, UCLA, 2008
- Interim Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Network 20, Qualitative
Methods: University of Lodz 2008
- Workshop on Qualitative Analysis on Visual Data, Technical University of Berlin,  2007
- The IV Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy, University of Bologna,2007
- Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics, University of Cardiff, 2006
- The II Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy, University of Manchester, 2005        
- “Video analysis. Methodology and methods”, Technical University Berlin,  2004
- “Giornata di Studio – Psicoterapie: Analisi dei Trascritti de Seduta”, Department of Communication, University of Bolonga: 2003
- Områdsgruppen for studier av talspråksinteraktion (OFTI), University of Lund 2003
- Seminar on medical communication, University of York, 2001
- Colloquium “Talk, Interaction and Medical Work”, King’s College, London, 2001
- Conference  ‘Practicing medicine: A dialogue on doctor-patient interaction’,  Indiana University, Indianapolis, January 22-23, 2000.
- Conference ‘Medical interaction’, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 2000
- Sociolinguistics Seminar, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1998
- The Annual Conference of ASLA (The Swedish Association of Applied Linguistics), University of
Linköping, 1997.
- Forum of Medical Communication, The Royal Society of Medicine, London 1995
- The 18th. Nordic Conference on Sociology, Helsinki, 1995.           

Scientific and societal impact of research

118 peer reviewed scientific articles
3 singly authored monographs (Including AIDS Counselling, by Cambridge University Press 1995); one co-authored monograph
4 co-edited collections (Including Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy, by Cambridge University Press 2008, and Emotion in Interaction, by Oxford University Press 2012; I was the lead editor in both).

In June 12, 2021 Google Scholar reported 10450 citations to my work, yielding h-index 48. In Scopus, there were 2548 citations and h-index 28. The most cited works were “Authority and accoutability: the delivery of diagnosis in primary health care” (1998) “Conversation analysis and the professional stocks of interactional knowledge“ (2003),  "Deontic authority in interaction" (with Melisa Stevanovic, 2012) and "Conversation analysis and psychotherapy" (edited book, 2008). 

University of Helsinki has recently recognized me as one of the most cited scholars at UH (

I consider my most important recent article “From narcissism to face work”, published in American Journal of Sociology in September 2015. 


Positions of trust in society and other societal merits 

Member of the Finnish Psychoanalytic Research Consortium (interface between the Finnish Psychoanalytic Association and the universities), since 2006.  

Psychotherapeutic private practice since 2005.  


Other merits

Psychotherapist and psychotherapy trainer, National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira), 2014

Psychoanalyst, Finnish Psychoanalytical Society – The Finnish member association of The International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA), 2013


Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.