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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.



  • 5141 Sociologi

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Publikationer 2005 2019

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. (red.). Abingdon: Routledge, s. 1-21 21 s. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

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, I : Ethnicity & Health. 24, 6, s. 607-622 16 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender

Tiilikainen, M. (red.), Al-Sharmani, M. (red.) & Mustasaari, S. (red.), 2019, 1. red. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 188 s. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora)

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

A Special Issue of Migration Letters: Transnational Migrant Families: Navigating Marriage, Generation, and Gender in Multiple Spheres

Al-Sharmani, M. M. (red.), Tiilikainen, M. E. (red.) & Mustasaari, S. (red.), 2017, London: Transnational Press London. 112 s. (Migration Letters; vol. 14)

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportAntologi eller special utgåvaVetenskapligPeer review

Causal attributions of mental health problems and depressive symptoms among older Somali refugees in Finland

Kuittinen, S., Mölsä, M. E., Punamäki, R-L., Tiilikainen, M. E. & Honkasalo, M-L., 2017, I : Transcultural Psychiatry. 54, 2, s. 211-238 28 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 2008 2018

Young Muslims and Resilience: A Participatory Study

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


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Transnationaaliset muslimiavioliitot: hyvinvointi, laki ja sukupuoli

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

Unknown funder


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Somalis in Helsinki

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


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Turvallisuus, hallinto ja identiteetit muutoksessa - Diasporan rooli Afrikan sarven kehityksessä

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

Suomen Akatemia


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt


John Morton prize

Marja Tiilikainen (!!Recipient), 20 jun 2016

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Aktiviteter 1998 2018

Nuorten muslimien arki ongelmakeskeisten puhetapojen varjossa

Henri Onodera (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Marja Elina Tiilikainen (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Helena Oikarinen-Jabai (Medlem i organisationskommitté)
17 sep 2018

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

'Of course it's supposed to be cheap'. Governance of immigrants and their integration teachers in neoliberal context

Marja Tiilikainen (Annan roll (beskriv i "Relationsbeskrivning"))
2017 → …

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperHandledning av annat kunskapsprov (pro gradu, licentiatavhandling)

Current issues in Somalia

Marja Tiilikainen (Talare: Ordförande)
22 maj 2017

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

Ylirajainen perhe-elämä, hyvinvointi ja arjen turvallisuus:somalialaisten kokemuksia

Mulki Mohamed Al-Sharmani (Ordförande i organisationskommitté), Marja Tiilikainen (Medlem i organisationskommitté)
9 okt 2017

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

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Tidskrift)

Marja Tiilikainen (Referentgranskare)
26 jun 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript