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  • PL 54 (Unioninkatu 37), 1081

    HELSINGFORS UNIVERSITET

    Finland

20062022

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Curriculum vitae

Researcher, Media and communication Studies

January 2020-

University Lecturer, Media and communication Studies

September 2018-December 2019

Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Media and Communications, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, since 22 May 2018.

Visiting research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, USA, June-August 2018

University Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute and Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki

2017-2018

Projects "Hyperlocal Publishing - New Forms of Local Media" (Swedish School of Social Science, 2017-2018, funded by Helsingin Sanomat Foundation), "New business models for German news media" (2018), "New business models for U.S. news media" (2017, funded by The Media Research Industry Foundation in Finland) and "The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)" (2014-2018, funded by the Academy of Finland).

Member of the research project "Russian Media Lab" (2016-2019, funded by the HS Foundation, led by Prof. Markku Kangaspuro).

“The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)” (2014-2018, http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/projects/media_in_central_asi...) - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf
“The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)” (2014-2018, http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/projects/media_in_central_asi...) - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf
“The role of media in civic unity and unrest under semi-authoritarian transitional regimes in Central Asia (MESECA)” (2014-2018, http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/projects/media_in_central_asi...) - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf

Scholar in Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation (2012-2017), cluster named Cultural and Philosophical Interpretations of Russian Modernisation, led by Sanna Turoma.

Member of Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, led by professor Hannu Nieminen, from 2015.

Editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus, the Finnish Review of East European Studies, since 2014. Editor-in-chief of Aleksanteri Insight, 2013-2018.

Other projects as Post-doctoral researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Leader of research project "New business models in Nordic news media companies" (2015-2016, funded by The Finnish Newspapers Association and The Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland).

Visiting research fellow at the Reuters Insitute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

January 2015 - June 2015. http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow

editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus, The Finnish Review of East European Studies. - See more at: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/people/katja-lehtisaari-visiting-fellow#sthash.YHXhyQKI.dpuf

Acting Head of International Affairs, Aleksanteri Insitute, University of Helsinki

October 2013-April 2014.

Earlier projects as Post-doctoral researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Member of research group Facing the Coordination Challenge: Problems, Policies and Politics in Media and Communication Regulation (FACE) (funded by Academy Finland; Media and Communication Studies unit at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, 2011-2015, led by Prof. Hannu Nieminen).

From 2011 to 2014 involved in project "Media revolution in Russia" (Aleksanteri Institute, funded by Emil Aaltonen Foundation), and 2011-2013 also in project "Convergence and business models: innovations in daily newspapers" (Communication Research Centre CRC).

2009-2010 involved in project “Success factors of magazines in Russia” (Helsingin Sanomat Foundation).

2010-2011 involved in project “Image of Russia in Finnish media” (Helsingin Sanomat Foundation & Department of Communications, University of Helsinki).

Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, 2009. Major: Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Tampere, Finland. 

Pedagogical studies

Basic studies in University Pedagogy (25 cr), University of Helsinki, 2018.

Intermediate studies in University Pedagogy (35 cr), U. of Helsinki, from September 2018.

Description of research and teaching

My research has two main intertwining tracks: 1) Media business models in Finland and other countries and intersections between media policy, media business, and development of journalism 2) Contemporary Russian media system and media policy. 

I have worked in two universities in Finland, including the work at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Tampere (various posts 1999-2008), Aleksanteri Institute (a multidisciplinary Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Helsinki, 2006-2018, including work at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, 2011-2018), Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki (2010, 2016, 2018-), and Swedish School of Social Science (2016-2018).

Teaching in position of University Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, U. of Helsinki, since September 2018: Autumn 2018: BA thesis seminar (5 cr); Examiner on public spheres and public activities (Julkisuuden ja julkisen toiminnan tutkimus, 5 cr). Spring 2019: BA thesis seminar, MA thesis seminar, courses: Julkisuuden ja julkisen toiminnan tutkimus (Research on public spheres and public activities, 5 cr), Mediatutkimuksen nykysuuntauksia (Current tendencies in media research, 5 cr).

Fields of Science

  • 518 Media and communications
  • Russia
  • Venäjä
  • media
  • lehdistö
  • talousjournalismi
  • aikakauslehdet
  • sanomalehdet
  • Suomi
  • mediatalous
  • media economics
  • newspapers
  • Business Journalism
  • magazines
  • Media policy

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

25 vuotta Idäntutkimusta

Translated title of the contribution: 25 years for Idäntutkimus journalLehtisaari, K., Jun 2019, In : Idäntutkimus. 26, 2, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Open Access
File

Conclusion

Lehtisaari, K. & Wijermars, M., 2019, Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere. Wijermars, M. & Lehtisaari, K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 266-270 5 p. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Emerging Forms of Hyperlocal Media: The case of Finland

Hujanen, J., Lehtisaari, K., Linden, C-G. & Grönlund, M., Oct 2019, In : NORDICOM Review. 40, s2, p. 101-114 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Formation of media policy in Russia: The case of the Iarovaia law

Lehtisaari, K., 2019, Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere. Wijermars, M. & Lehtisaari, K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 57-73 17 p. 3. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Freedom of Expression in Russia's New Mediasphere

Wijermars, M. (ed.) & Lehtisaari, K. M. (ed.), 2019, Abingdon: Routledge. 280 p. (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issue

Projects

Leadership in news media organisations

Lehtisaari, K.

01/09/2015 → …

Project: Research project

Uutismedian uudet liiketoimintamallit Saksassa

Linden, C., Lehtisaari, K., Villi, M. & Grönlund, M.

01/01/201831/10/2018

Project: Research project

Uutismedian uudet liiketoimintamallit Saksassa

Linden, C., Lehtisaari, K., Villi, M. & Grönlund, M.

01/12/201731/10/2018

Project: Research project

Hyperlokaali julkaiseminen Suomessa - paikallismedian uudet muodot

Lehtisaari, K., Linden, C. & Grönlund, M.

01/11/201728/02/2018

Project: Research project

Prizes

Best paper award at ISMI 2017 conference

Mikko Villi (Recipient), Mikko Grönlund (Recipient), Tommy Carl-Gustav Linden (Recipient), Katja Lehtisaari (Recipient), Bozena Mierzejewska (Recipient), Robert Picard (Recipient) & Axel Röpnack (Recipient), 17 Oct 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Russian Journal of Communication (Journal)

Katja Lehtisaari (Reviewer)
Feb 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

The Future Success Factors of the Finnish Media

Katja Lehtisaari (Attendee)
21 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

VIETS-KEVÄTSEMINAARI

Katja Lehtisaari (Speaker: Presenter)
10 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

World of Media (Journal)

Katja Lehtisaari (Reviewer)
Sep 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Victor Khroul

Katja Lehtisaari (Host)
1 Dec 201931 Dec 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Press / Media

Interview for Yle Radio Yhden Ykkösaamu on Russian media

Katja Lehtisaari

05/09/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Ykkösaamu

Veera Laine & Katja Lehtisaari

05/09/2019

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview for Suomen Lehdistö on media business models

Katja Lehtisaari

03/06/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview for Lännen Media on media policy

Katja Lehtisaari

29/05/2018

3 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media