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Education information

PhD in social sciences (sociology), University of Eastern Finland, 2007. Eximia Cum Laude Approbatur.

Licentiate of sociology, University of Eastern Finland, 2005.

Master of sociology, University of Lille 1, 2003.

Description of research and teaching

Research experience:

Researcher at Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), Soc&kom. (2015-).

Visiting researcher, Australian National University School of Sociology (2016).

Researcher/project manager, City of Helsinki (2007-2008).

Researcher, University of Eastern Finland (2003-2006).

Research affiliations:

CEREN - The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, Swedish Scool of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki (2015-).

INEQ - Helsinki Inequality Initiative, University of Helsinki (2020-).

HEPP -Helsinki Research Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation (2020-)

Teaching experience:

University Lecturer in Ethnic Relations at the Swedish School of Social Science (Soc&kom). Thematic module in Ethnic Relations and Migration, Swedish master programme in Social Science (2017-)

University lecturer, Master's Degree Programme in Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (ERI) at the Swedish School of Social Science (Soc&kom) (2016)

University lecturer, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (2009–2015)

University lecturer, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (2012-2014).

Guest university lecturer, Tallinn University (2010).

Position of trust in society and other societal merits:

Board member, European Sociological Association Research Netowrk 15 - Global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology (2019-2020)

Board member, The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) - (2017-). (Vice-chairperson 2017–2018. Secretary 2018-2019).

Member of the editorial team of Likkeessä ylirajojen (ETMU blog), (2019-).

Deputy Board member, Helsinki University Researchers and Teachers Association, HUART (Helsingin yliopiston tieteentekijät – Forskarföreningen vid Helsingfors universitet ry) (2018-).

Academic Liaison, board member IWWOF (International Working Women of Finland Association), (2020-2021). Academic team (2021-)

Research funding.

●Finnish Cultural Foundation 2021-2022

●Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation 2019-2021

●Swedish Cultural foundation 2019-2021

●Helsingin sanomat foundation, 2017-2018

●Swedish School of Social Sciences, 2016.

●Finnish Association of non-fiction writers, 2007.

●Niilo Helander foundation, 2006.

●University of Joensuu, 2006.

●Niilo Helander foundation, 2005.

●Finnish Cultural Foundation, 2004.

●University of Joensuu, 2003.

Reseach networks

The Power of Nar­rat­ives: Demo­cracy and Me­dia in Polit­ical Tur­moil - led by Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre (Iceland) and funded by the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS). (2019-2022)

Post-Truth Polit­ics, Na­tion­al­ism and the (De)Le­git­im­a­tion of European In­teg­ra­tion - led by Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre (Iceland), Erasmus+ co-funded Jean Monnet Network. (2018-2019)


Expert, Migration Research Hub, IMISCOE - (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe). (2018-).

Member, Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), European Commission, Migration and Home affairs (2017-).

Member, Nordic Network for Media and communication Ethics (2021-).

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • ethnic relations
  • populism
  • nationalism
  • social media

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.