Katri Pynnöniemi

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Curriculum vitae

Katri Pynnöniemi is an associate professor at the University of Helsinki (Aleksanteri-institute) and holds Mannerheim Chair of Russian Security Studies. The joint professorship between the University of Helsinki and the National Defense University was established in August 2017. Pynnöniemi's responsibilities include development of research on Russian security policy at the University of Helsinki and at the National Defense University. Her research work is integrated with the National Defence University Russia Research group's research agenda.

Pynnöniemi leads the working group of the Mannerheim professorship, which brings together researchers and experts whose research topics are related to the central issues of Russia's foreign and security policy and thereby produce new research information on the factors of change in Finland's strategic operational environment.

In his own research, Pynnöniemi examines the change in Russia's strategic thinking, especially the threat analysis and the assumptions that guide it, the war rhetoric supporting Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, and how Russian military analysts think about war (against Ukraine).

External positions

Associate Professor, Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu

1 Aug 201731 Dec 2025

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • International Relations
  • Security Politics
  • Military Politics
  • 517 Political science

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.