• PL 54 (Unioninkatu 37)



  • PL 54 (Unioninkatu 37), 1037




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Personlig profil


Emilia Palonen (PhD)

University Lecturer in Political Science, University of Helsinki (2015-20)

University Researcher in Political Science, PI of Academy of Finland project WhiKnow and Kone Foundation project Now-Time Us Space, University of Helsinki (2020-22)

Adj. prof. in Political Science (spec. Cultural Politics), Universit of Jyväskylä (Title of Docent)


Palonen is an expert on populism, democracy, local participative governance and planning - as well as politics of memory in symbolic urban landscapes. Academically she is particularly interested in Europe but also engages worldwide. She was trained as an East Europeanist and BA SSEES, and then for the MA and PhD at Essex in Laclaudian discourse theory in the Ideology and Discourse Analysis programme. She was a student of the political theorist Ernesto Laclau. She currently studies hegemony and political change, and leads an Academy of Finland funded project in the #mediasoc programme: Whirl of Knowledge studies knowledge and communcation in hybrid media systems across Europe through social media big data, experimental analysis and theory of hegemony. She has taught from 2006 methods course at the University of Helsinki and leads a Helsinki Summer School course in Rhetoric-Performative Post-foundational Analysis attended by students across the globe. Besides her expertise on Hungary since 1999, she has been actively following Finnish politics and authors the EJPR Political Data Yearbook on Finland, and the Chair of the Finnish Political Science Association (FiPSA). Furthermore, she is also a recognisable media figure, widely appreciated for her balanced professional opinion.


Previous positions: Researcher Academy of Finland project Asymmetries in European Intellectual Space, Helsingin yliopisto (1.3.2014-31.8.2015)

Researcher, Academy of Finland project Populism as Movement and Rhetoric, University of Jyväskylä (October 2013)

Maternity leave (27.4.2013-29.2.2014)

University Lecturer in Political Science, public administration and organisation studies, University of Helsinki (1.11.2010-30.7.2013)

Postdoc reseracher Finnish Cultural Foundation and Emil Aaltonen Foundation (SKR, EAS 2010)

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy (1.12.2008-31.12.2009)

Academy of Finland Funded Visiting Researcher, Northwestern University, Ill. (Fall 2008)

Postdoctoral researcher Finnish Cultural Foundation (SKR) 2008.

Postdoctoral researcher in Academy of Finland project  Nations and their Others: Finns and Hungarians  (1.3.2007-31.12.2007) Visiting Fellow, Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study, Summer 2009;  and May – August 2008; Visiting Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2007–08

DAAD Junior Visiting Scholar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Institute for European Ethnology & Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, May – June 2006

Junior Visiting Fellow, Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advance Study, Budapest, Hungary, September 2005 – April 2006

Körber Junior Visiting Fellow ‘History and Memory in Europe’, Institute for Human Sciences – Institute for Advanced Study, IWM, Vienna, 1 March – 31 August 2005

Utbildning information

PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University of Essex, D. of Government 20 January 2006
MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University of Essex, Dept. of Government, 2001,

BA (hons) in Contemporary East European Studies, University of London, 2000
University College London (UCL), School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).

Bauhaus Certificate, Bauhaus Kolleg, Dessau, programme on EU Urbanism 2006–2007

Externa befattningar

Adj. professor, University of Jyväskylä


  • 517 Statsvetenskap
  • 5201 Politisk historia
  • 519 Socialgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.


Performing the nation: the Janus-faced populist foundations of illiberalism in Hungary

Palonen, E., 25 jul 2018, I : Journal of Contemporary European Studies. 26, 3, s. 308-321 14 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Jätkät & jytkyt: perussuomalaiset ja populismin retoriikka

Palonen, E. & Saresma, T., 30 okt 2017, Tampere: Vastapaino. 365 s.

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportAntologi eller special utgåvaVetenskapligPeer review

The city-text in post-communist Budapest: street names, memorials, and the politics of commemoration

Palonen, E., 2008, I : GeoJournal. 73, 3, s. 219-230 12 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Political Polarisation and Populism in Contemporary Hungary(1)

Palonen, E., apr 2009, I : Parliamentary Affairs. 62, 2, s. 318-334 17 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Populism on the loose: seminal perflections on the condition of differentiality

Kovala, U. & Palonen, E., apr 2018, Populism on the Loose. Kovala, U., Palonen, E., Ruotsalainen, M. & Saresma, T. (red.). Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto, Nykykulttuurin tutkimuskeskus, s. 13-26 14 s. (Nykykulttuurin tutkimuskeskuksen julkaisuja; nr. 35).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång



Populism on the Loose: From Demography to Democracy

Emilia Palonen (!!Keynote speaker)
10 maj 201811 maj 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

The 17th Thesis Eleven Forum Annual Lecture ‘Populism and Democracy in Contemporary Europe’

Emilia Palonen (!!Keynote speaker)
31 jul 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

Provincializing Populism

Emilia Palonen (Talare: Inledningsanförande (keynote))
4 sep 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium


Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta (TSV) (Extern organisation)

Emilia Palonen (Styrelsemedlem)

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse