If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Description of research and teaching

Ville Päivänsalo (born 1972 in Espoo, Finland), ThD

In his doctoral dissertation (2005), awarded by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Päivänsalo analyzed and developed American Philosopher John Rawls’s (1921–2002) conception of justice. Päivänsalo was granted a Title of Docent in Theological and Social Ethics, the University of Helsinki, in 2010. Since 2017, he has been Member of the International Advisory Board of Alternative Perspectives and Global Concern (APGC, Ottawa) and Senior Collaborator of The NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health (Cambridge, UK).   

Päivänsalo has served as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Legitimacy and Ethics research project (Åbo Akademi) and Scientific Secretary (History of Mind Centre of Excellence) in 2005–2006 and, in the University of Helsinki, as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2007–2008, Acting University Lecturer in Theological and Social Ethics (in three periods, the latest one ending on 31 Dec 2017), Acting Professor of Social Ethics (August 2010 – June 2011), and as Assistant Professor in Global Theology, Worldviews and Ideologies (2012-2016) in the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology. Päivänsalo acted as a member of the Business Ethics Research Group (BERG) at the Aalto University Helsinki in 2009-2013 and as visiting scholar at the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT), the University of Heidelberg, in 2014 (6 months).

Päivänsalo has authored two monographs (Balancing Reasonable Justice, Ashgate 2007, and Maallinen Oikeudenmukaisuus [Earthly Justice], STKS 2011) and a number scientific articles (in Public Health Ethics, Human Rights Review, and Studia Theologica and in edited volumens)  as well as articles directed at the general public (e.g. in Helsingin Sanomat), and he is the first editor of Tolerance: Human Fragility and the Quest for Justice (LIT 2017). Päivänsalo served as the Chair of the Planning Committee of The 18th Nordic Conference on Systematic Theology: Ecumenical and Interreligions Challenges (Helsinki, 7-10 Jan) and has served as the responsible Finnish organizer of several international mini-conferences (at the Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Aarhus 2006; at the Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping 2008; at the Faculty of Theology, Helsinki 2010 and 2013), presented peer-reviewed papers in more than twenty international conferences, chaired panels and served as a reviewer e.g. to Public Health Ethics, the Journal of Philosophical Research, International Health Policy and Management, and to Palgrave MacMillan.

He has been a member of several committees in the fields of research and teaching (mainly at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki) and also of public life (e.g. the Committee for Diaconal and Societal Work, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church, and as the chair of Religion and Development Cooperation Round Table discussions) and edited a pro gradu guide (Prosessia ja Rautalankaa [Process and Wire], 1997).

Päivänsalo’s current research interests include centrally social contract theories, global justice (especially economic and health justice), Christianity and Western theories of justice, theories of responsibility (e.g. responsibilities of states, corporations and churches) and inter-religious dialogue.

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • ethics
  • justice
  • global theology
  • inter-religious dialogue

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

Publications 1997 2018

Goals in Multilateral Religious Ethics: Peace, Wholeness, and Harmony

Päivänsalo, V. J., 2018, In : Journal of Comparative Scripture . 8 , p. 133-165 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Introduction: Rethinking Faith and Love in Transforming Societies and Theologies

Päivänsalo, V. J. & Slotte, P. P., 2018, Matters of Faith and Love: Nordic Perspectives on Transforming Social and Theological Challenges. Päivänsalo, V. & Slotte, P. (eds.). Helsinki: Luther-Agricola-Society, p. 7-11 5 p. (Schriften der Luther-Agricola-Gesellschaft; no. 72).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Luterilaiset kehitysyhteistyöhankkeet osana kansalaisyhteiskuntaa Intiassa

Päivänsalo, V. J., Dec 2018, Kansalaisjärjestöt, uskonto ja kestävä kehitys. Hasu, P. (ed.). Helsinki: Suomen lähetysseura, p. 58-71 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Matters of Faith and Love: Nordic Perspectives on Transforming Social and Theological Challenges

Päivänsalo, V. J. (ed.) & Slotte, P. P. (ed.), 2018, Helsinki: Luther-Agricola-Society. 164 p. (Schriften der Luther-Agricola-Gesellschaft; no. 72)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Reilu sote

Translated title of the contribution: Fair Sote (Service Structure Renewal of Social Welfare and Health Care)Päivänsalo, V. J., 27 Sep 2018, In : Maan suola.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Projects 2011 2012

Social Ethics / Ethics and Religion

Päivänsalo, V. & Stenlund, M.

10/12/2012 → …

Project: Research project

Business Ethics and Its Philosophical Foundations

Kakkuri-Knuuttila, M., Mäkinen, J., Rolin, K., Päivänsalo, V., Sarlio-Siintola, S. M. & Paintola, L.

01/09/201131/08/2011

Project: Research project

Activities 2004 2018

Towards Sustainable Nutrition and Health:

Ville Päivänsalo (Chair of organizing committee)
3 Feb 2018

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

Towards Sustainable Nutrition and Health:

Ville Päivänsalo (Speaker: Presenter)
3 Feb 2018

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

Eeva-Mari Virtasen teologisen etiikan ja sosiaalietiikan väitöskirjan ohjaaja

Virpi Mäkinen (Supervisor), Ville Juha Päivänsalo (Supervisor)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Maria Leppäkari

Ville Päivänsalo (Host)
15 Aug 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Meeting with the Nordic Research School in Ethics

Ville Päivänsalo (Attendee)
23 Mar 201724 Mar 2017

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