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Description of research and teaching

I am interested in everyday Islam, cultural dimensions of health, illness and healing, transnational healing practices, and life of immigrant women and transnational families. My multidisciplinary research has focused especially on Somali immigrants, and I have conducted ethnographic research in Finland, Somaliland and Canada.  My PhD thesis (2003, published by Vastapaino) in comparative religion and medical anthropology was an ethnography on the everyday life of Somali women in Finland. Since then I have been working on and led a number of research projects, mostly funded by the Academy of Finland.

I am currently Academy Research Fellow working on a research project  Islam and Security Revisited: Transnational Somali Families in Finland, Canada and Somalia (2012-2017).

The research invesigates the experiences, construction and organization of human security in transnational Somali families. It will provide a comparative understanding of how Muslims in Europe, North America and the Horn of Africa experience and tactically live with insecurities and ambiguities related to being Somali Muslims, and how a sense of security is being created in the contexts of transnational families, everyday Islam and nation-state structures. The data will be collected through multi-sited ethnography in Helsinki, Toronto and Northern Somalia. The research will produce novel theoretical and empirical insights into the intersection of human security, Islam, migration, transnational families and national policies.

I currently lead two research projects: "Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender", funded by the Academy of Finland (2013-2017)", and "Young Muslims and Resilience: A Participatory Study", funded by Kone Foundation (2016-2018). Another research project that I led, "Somalis in Helsinki", which was part of a comparative international research project on the integration of Somali communities in seven European cities and which was funded by Open Society Foundations ended in 2013.

I am active in national and international research networks within Somali studies. I also closely collaborate with the Finnish Somalia Network, an umbrella organization aimed at supporting developmental projects in Somalia. For example, I am Editor of a trilingual, electronical journal Afrikan Sarvi (Afrikas Horn / Horn of Africa Journal), published by the Network.

I am frequently consulted and invited to lecture on topics related to migrant health, Muslims in Finland,  transnational Somali families and development in Somalia. I also teach at the university and supervise both graduate and PhD students.

 

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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

Publications

The Challenges of Religious Literacy: The Case of Finland

Sakaranaho, T. (ed.), Aarrevaara, T. (ed.), Konttori, J. (ed.), Al-Sharmani, M., Tiilikainen, M., Konttori, J., Mustasaari, S., Pauha, T., Linhakumpu, A., Nykänen, T., Rissanen, I., Ubani, M., Mankkinen, T., Aarrevaara, T. & Sakaranaho, T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Springer. (SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Introduction: wellbeing, family life, and transnational Muslims in the West

Al-Sharmani, M., Tiilikainen, M. & Mustasaari, S., 2019, Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families : Marriage, Law and Gender. Tiilikainen, M., Al-Sharmani, M. & Mustasaari, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-21 21 p. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora).

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

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"Me ollaan tavallisia ihmisiä, mitä eroa onko muslimi vai ei!": Näkökulmia muuttuvaan nuoruuteen Suomessa

Onodera, H. (ed.), Tiilikainen, M. (ed.) & Oikarinen-Jabai, H. (ed.), 2019, Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusseura Nuorisotutkimusverkosto. 106 p. (Nuorisotutkimus; vol. 37, no. 2)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Raising Children of Somali Descent in Toronto: Challenges and struggles for everyday security and wellbeing

Tiilikainen, M., 2019, Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender. Tiilikainen, M., Al-Sharmani, M. & Mustasaari, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 147-163 17 p. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora).

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

Open Access
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Usage of healthcare services and preference for mental healthcare among older Somali immigrants in Finland

Mölsä, M. E., Tiilikainen, M. & Punamäki, R-L., 18 Aug 2019, In : Ethnicity & Health. 24, 6, p. 607-622 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects

Young Muslims and Resilience: A Participatory Study

Tiilikainen, M., Oikarinen-Jabai, H., Gelle, A., Elfadl, W., Onodera, H. & Adam, A.

01/01/201631/12/2018

Project: Research project

Transnational Muslim Marriages: Wellbeing, Law, and Gender

Tiilikainen, M., Ismail, A., Al-Sharmani, M., Mustasaari, S., Hautaniemi, P. & Hart, L.

Unknown funder

01/09/201331/08/2017

Project: Research project

Somalis in Helsinki

Tiilikainen, M., Ismail, A. & Tuusa, E.

01/12/201230/11/2013

Project: Research project

Security, governance and identities in flux: The role of diaspora in development in the Horn of Africa

Laakso, L., Tiilikainen, M., Hautaniemi, P., Abdile, M. & Pirkkalainen, P.

Suomen Akatemia

01/01/201131/12/2011

Project: Research project

Prizes

John Morton prize

Marja Tiilikainen (Recipient), 20 Jun 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Nuorten muslimien arki ongelmakeskeisten puhetapojen varjossa

Henri Onodera (Member of organizing committee), Marja Elina Tiilikainen (Member of organizing committee), Helena Oikarinen-Jabai (Member of organizing committee)
17 Sep 2018

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

Migration letters (Journal)

Mulki Al-Sharmani (Editor), Marja Elina Tiilikainen (Editor), Sanna Mustasaari (Editor)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Global Networks (Journal)

Marja Tiilikainen (Reviewer)
2017 → …

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

Uhrauksen sukupolvi. Tutkimus albaniankielisten isien kotoutumiskokemuksista ja lastenkasvatuksesta Suomessa

Marja Tiilikainen (Supervisor)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Press / Media

Haastattelu juttuun "Äideistä parhain sä oot"

Marja Tiilikainen

19/11/2015

1 Media contribution

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Haastattelu Helsingin Sanomien juttuun pakolaisista Suomessa

Marja Tiilikainen

25/10/2015

1 Media contribution

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Haastattelu Helsingin Sanomien juttuun ulkomaalaisista Suomessa

Marja Tiilikainen

04/10/2015

1 Media contribution

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Moni maahanmuuttaja juhlii tänään uutta kotimaataan

Marja Tiilikainen

06/12/2014

1 Media contribution

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