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Description of research and teaching

I am working as a Doctoral Candidate in the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie) at the University of Helsinki. I am a PhD student in the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change and I have a background in Area and Cultural Studies and Social Sciences. My research focuses on transnational migration, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe, and on securities on multiple levels of society. I have been especially interested in Europe's relations with other world regions, post-colonial power dynamics as well as various types of mobilities and cultural encounters. 

I teach in the Bachelor's Programme in Cultural Studies, the Master's Programme in Area and Cultural Studies as well as in the Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studie, and my courses focus mainly on migration, security and human rights.

Education/Academic qualification

Area and Cultural Studies, Master of Arts, University of Helsinki

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Area and Cultural Studies
  • Migration
  • Security Studies

Publications 2016 2019

Inhimillistä turvallisuutta etsimässä

Translated title of the contribution: In the Search for Human SecuritySumari, L., 11 Feb 2019, In : WISE.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Turvallisuus ja turvattomuus pakolaisten kertomana

Translated title of the contribution: Security and insecurity told by refugeesSumari, L., 5 Nov 2018, In : Politiikasta.fi.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Turvassa maailmalla? Suomalaisten vaihto-opiskelijoiden käsityksiä ja kokemuksia turvallisuudesta

Translated title of the contribution: Finnish Exchange Students' Experiences of Safety and Security During ExchangeSumari, L. E. S., 21 Jun 2016, 97 p.

Research output: ThesisMaster's thesis

Open Access

Activities 2018 2019

  • 10 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Oral presentation
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

AfriDoors Conference Towards a More Robust Protection of Human Rights in Africa

Laura Sumari (Speaker: Presenter)
7 Oct 201911 Oct 2019

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

16th ETMU Conference 2019

Mervi Leppäkorpi (Speaker: Chair), Laura Sumari (Speaker: Chair)
14 Nov 201915 Nov 2019

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

Addis Ababa University

Laura Sumari (Visiting researcher)
4 Oct 201931 Oct 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Finnish International Studies Association’s Annual Conference 2019

Laura Sumari (Speaker: Presenter)
18 Jan 201919 Jan 2019

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