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Description of research and teaching

Markku Kivinen is one of the leading social theorists in Russian studies. He has been the Director of the Aleksanteri Institute – the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies since 1996, and the Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies: Choices of Russian Modernisation since 2012.

Professor Kivinen is a broad generalist in Russian studies and has original contributions both in theory and in empirical research. He has 20 years of experience leading a multidisciplinary research community, promoting interdisciplinary and multi-positional approaches.

Markku Kivinen has acquired an exceptional experience in institution building. During his leadership the Aleksanteri Institute has become a dynamic research community and one of the largest research institutes in Russian studies in the world. He has led several ground-breaking projects and has profound experience in project management in many undertakings funded by e.g. the Academy of Finland, the European Union, and various Nordic funds.

During his years as professor at the University of Lapland, Kivinen founded the Department of Sociology and started a successful graduate school in this field in Northern Finland. Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Finnish graduate school in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), which has produced close to 50 PhD degrees up to 2015. He has long-term experience in academic teaching, as well as in supervision of dissertations.

Markku Kivinen is a well-known figure in the Finnish society. He is frequently interviewed both by the Finnish and international media and invited to give briefing for diverse decision makers in politics and the business world. Markku Kivinen is a prominent keynote speaker on international forums, not only in Finland and Russia but also in Europe, Japan, China and the U.S.

Fields of Science

  • 514 Sociology
  • Social Theory, Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy, Transition Studies in Comparative Perspective, Social Inequality, Power and Democracy, Cultural Structures and Macro Processes

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


Social Distinctions in Contemporary Russia: Waiting for the Middle-Class Society?

Nikula, J. (ed.), Kivinen, M., Kainu, M., Chernish, M., Melin, H., Mannila, S., Khmelnitskaya, M. & Sippola, M. M., 5 May 2020, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 232 p. ( Studies in Contemporary Russia)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Introduction: The Russian Welfare State in a Time of Economic Stagnation

Kivinen, M., Cook, L. J., Holm-Hansen, J. & Kuhnle, S., 2019, In : Russian Politics. 4, 3, p. 291-301 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Kaupungistumisen tutkijan ainutlaatuinen työ jäi kesken: Anne Haila 1953–2019

Rahkonen, K. & Kivinen, M., 2 Oct 2019, In : Helsingin Sanomat. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Reform and Stability – The Russian and the Chinese Welfare Systems Compared

Kivinen, M., Kainu, M., Kuhnle, S. & Li, C., 2019, In : Russian Politics. 4, 3, p. 423-446 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

U.S.-Russia Relations: Western Sanctions and Energy Factor

Kivinen, M. J., 2018, U.S.-Russia Relations: Policy Challenges in a New Era. Washington, DC : The Aspen Institute, p. 69-72 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

Open Access



City of Helsinki Research Prize 2014

Markku Kivinen (Recipient), 10 Jun 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

Civic Inspirer of the Year 2011

Markku Kivinen (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prizes and awards

Decoration of the Finnish White Rose Knighthood

Markku Kivinen (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prizes and awards


Научное наследие Карла Маркса

Markku Jalmari Kivinen (Attendee)
5 Oct 20186 Oct 2018

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

Journal of International Relations and Development (Journal)

Markku Jalmari Kivinen (Reviewer)
Feb 2018

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

Marcello Musto

Markku Jalmari Kivinen (Host), Vesa Kalevi Oittinen (Host)
1 Mar 201830 Apr 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Marx on Class and State

Markku Jalmari Kivinen (Speaker)
5 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Sergiu Buscaneanu

Markku Jalmari Kivinen (Host)
1 Jan 201828 Feb 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Press / Media

President Putin's visit to Finland

Markku Kivinen


3 Media contributions

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The relations of Trump and Putin

Markku Jalmari Kivinen


1 Media contribution

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The crisis between Russia and Ukraine

Markku Jalmari Kivinen


1 Media contribution

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Is Russia building tensions over the Baltic Sea?

Markku Jalmari Kivinen


1 Media contribution

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Cyber attacks and the security policy dilemma

Markku Jalmari Kivinen


1 Media contribution

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