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Curriculum vitae

Leo Granberg is Professor Emeritus in the Humanistic Faculty (Aleksanteri Institute) of the University of Helsinki. He worked as the Professor of Rural Studies in Social Sciences in University of Helsinki 2005-2013 and as a scholar in the Finnish Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation 2013-2017. He is also affiliated to the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University. His research has concerned rural studies, agricultural sociology and history and food systems in Finland and European regions. He has made field research in Russian countryside and small towns since 2002, with research focus on local social change in Russia.

He has written book The Other Russia, local experience and social change (Routledge, 2017), together with Ann-Mari Sätre, and co-edited among others books Metropolitan Ruralities (Emerald, 2016) together with Kjell Andersson, Stefan Sjöblom et al., Evaluating the European Approach to Rural Development, Grass-roots Experiences of the LEADER Programme (Ashgate, 2015) together with Kjell Andersson and Imre Kovách; Sakha Ynaga – Cattle of the Yakuts (Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2009) together with Juha Kantanen and Katriina Soini, and Europe’s green Ring (Ashgate, 2001) together with Imre Kovách and Hilary Tovey. [See publications listed in Research Database Tuhat: https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en]


Current position  

Professor Emeritus;  Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki; Affiliated also to Uppsala Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), Uppsala University.

Place and date of birth:     Helsinki, 7.7.1949

Phone:        +358-50-5210501

E-mail        leo.granberg@helsinki.fi

Mail:          leo.granberg(at)helsinki.fi


2000           Docent in Sociology              University of Helsinki

1991           Docent in Sociology              University of Jyväskylä

1989           Doctor (Social Sciences)        University of Helsinki

1976           M.Soc.Sc.                              University of Helsinki        


Main areas of specialization

Societies in transition, Rural studies, Economic sociology, food systems


Most important posts and positions:

2013          Visiting researcher in the Centrum of Russian and Eurasian Studies in Uppsala University

2012-17    Scholar, of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies Choices of Russian modernisation (University of Helsinki)        


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2005-13(31.8) Professor of Rural Studies in Social Sciences, Department of Social Research and in Ruralia Institute, University of  Helsinki.

2000-05      Vice Director, Head of Development, Aleksanteri Insitute, University of Helsinki.

1993-96.     Acting Professor of sociology (12 month) and Associate Professor of sociology and social psychology (12 month)  in the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

1993/94         Guest Professor in the MZES (Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung) University of Mannheim. (12 months).

1995-00      Senior Researcher at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

1990-93      Research Director in Chydenius-Institute, Kokkola, University of Jyväskylä.

2005-13      Chairman (from 2010), member (2008-) and vice member (2005) in the Executive Board for the national Rural Studies –network study program.

2001-10      Member in the Executive Board for the Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies.

2001-06      National editor of Nordisk Östforum (Oslo)

2000-04      Editorial Advisorfor Sociologia Ruralis -journal

1999-03      Member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology


Research allocations and grants for 2010-15

2014           SOCIAL CHANGE IN SECOND RUSSIA Book project with Ann-Mari Sätre. Grant by The Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers to nonfiction and text-book writers.

2012-16      Centre of Excellence: CHOICES OF RUSSIAN MODERNISATION. Scholar in the CoE, run by Aleksanteri Insitute, Univ. of Helsinki. 2013- Subproject: LOCAL ACTORS AND SOCIAL SPACE IN SECOND RUSSIA. Joint project with   Uppsala Centre of Russian and Eurasian Studies (A.-M. Sätre).

2011-13      LADOGA INITIATIVE. Finnish/Russian research and development project on local initiatives of development. Project Director. Funding by EU/ENPI.

2010           Grant from Finnish Academy of Sciences to participate in Japanese-Finnish Conference on Pastoralism.   

2001-13      Several travelling grants from Finnish Academy of Sciences for field work as follows


Field research in Russia, Bulgaria and Baltic states

2016 -19             Several visits to Novgorod region

2015 April     Petrozavodsk and Prääsä (one week)

2014 Sept      Ladoga and Archangelsk Oblast small towns and villages (two weeks)

2014 May      Nizhny Novgorod small towns and villages (two weeks)

2013 Oct       Archangelsk and villages (two weeks)     

2013 Sept      Nizhny Novgorod, and villages (two weeks)                                                             

2013 6-22.5   Nizhny Novgorod, Semenova and villages

2012 30.9-6.10  Ladoga: Pitkaranta, Olonets, Ladonae Pole.

2012 28.8- 1.9   Ladoga: Pitkaranta, Olonets, Ladonae Pole and

2012 2-7.9.    Nizhny Novgorod and region (Arzamas et al.)

2012 18-27.3. Ladoga: Pitkaranta, Olonets, Ladonae Pole.

2009 20-22.4. Ladoga: Ladonae Pole, Olonets, Salmi, Pitkaranta.

2008 25.9-5.10. Sofia-Plovdiv-Rudopian Mountains: Chepalare-Banite-Chitaliste

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2007 9-11.5   Luga, Leningrad Oblast,

2006 18-21.10 Luga                                   

2006 8-9.6     Estonia: Järvamaa, Vääksa agro company and private farms

2006 28-31.4  Luga  

2005 1-26.4    Sakha, Siberia: Yakutsk, Sakkyryr, Kustur, Dzargalakh

2004 16-26.5  Russian Karelia: Olonets

2004 30.5-1.6 Estonia: Karksi-Nuia

2003 April 10d  Russia, Karelia: Prääsä, Essoila, Petroskoi

2002 1-6.10    Bulgaria

2002 17-24.5. Russian Karelia: Prääsä:

2000 1-4.9      Lithuania, Silute

2000 30.10-2.11 Lithuania, Moletai


Scholarly honours

2009  Essays in Honour of Professor Leo Granberg. Published in his 60th birthday, by Jouko Nikula (ed.), Maaseutuaiheita, Rural Motifs. AleksanteriSeries 5/2009. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.  236 p.

1994           Vuoden opettaja (Teacher of the year), Lyhty ry, Student Association of Social Policy, University of Lapland



 Language capacity

  • Finnish and Swedish      Native languages,    
  • English                         Sound command
  • German                        Working knowledge                                                         
  • Russian                        Working knowledge  
  • Danish and Norwegian   Working knowledge
  • French                         The elements




Leo Granberg 7.10.2021

External positions

Affiliation, IRES institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala university, Sweden

1 Sep 2014 → …

Fields of Science

  • 5144 Social psychology
  • Rural and economic sociology
  • , Food and agriculture
  • Russia

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.