Editorial staff

Our editorial team consists of extensive expertise and knowledge within the field of political science and more largely in social sciences.

Please see also the letters from the editorial team regarding topical events, open vacancies, matters of the editorial team and previous media appearances.

Mikko Poutanen


D.Soc.Sc. Mikko Poutanen is a postdoctoral researcher in projects funded by the Kone Foundation and the Academy of Finland at Tampere University relating to higher education policy. Before returning to write his PhD in political science at the University of Tampere, Poutanen worked 2006–2012 at the Nokia Corporation. He defended his prize-winning PhD dissertation in April 2018. His thesis dealt with the homogenization of socio-political and economic argumentation in 21st century Finland. Poutanen specializes in political communication and political economy, currently in the context of higher education. Poutanen has acted as the editor-in-chief of Politiikasta since January 2019. He is also is an editor for Politiikka for 2019-2020.

Leena Malkki


D.Soc.Sc. Leena Malkki is a lecturer at the Network for European studies at the University of Helsinki. She has extensive experience in research in terrorism and political violence in the Western countries. She has also analyzed school shootings.

Johanna Peltoniemi


PhD Johanna Peltoniemi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Helsinki, and a board member of the Finnish Political Science Association. She is the chairperson of FinnVote research consortium, a member of the Finnish National Election Studies research consortium and a migration fellow from the Finnish Institute of Migration. Her research interests focus on transnationalism, emigrant voting behaviour and cross-border political representation.

Iida-Maria Tammi


MSc Iida-Maria Tammi is currently a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research deals with the military use of humanitarian aid in the Syrian conflict. Tammi has previously worked with foreign and security policy and arms control at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs’ field office in Peru. Tammi is the two curator of the Politiikasta art series.

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M.Sc. Gennady Kurushin is a freelance web designer with extensive experience in graphic design and digital marketing. Kurushin supports the popularization of science and is inspired by team work and opportunities to realize creative ideas.


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Talvikki Ahonen

D.Soc.Sc. Talvikki Ahonen is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Theology at the University of Eastern Finland. In her doctoral dissertation (2019) Ahonen studied Finnish church asylum movement. Her current research interests focus on intersections of religion and politics.

Joonas Aitonurmi


MSc Joonas Aitonurmi has studied political science in University of Helsinki. Currently he works as a specialist in public sector. Aitonurmi is pleased to embrace the task of popularizing science as a journalist. In his master thesis, he studied political representation of employer organisations and Finnish forest industry.

Emma Hakala


Emma Hakala, Doctor of Social Sciences, works as a researcher at BIOS Research Unit and is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Her doctoral dissertation in political history examined the concept of environmental security and the role of international organisations in promoting it in the post-conflict Western Balkans. Hakala’s research interests include environmental and climate security as well as sustainable development.

Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen

DSocSci Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include political theory, security, and the role of facts in politics. He has previously worked in the University of Tampere, in a research project focused on resilience, funded by the Finnish Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Verona and Bard College. His publications have addressed post-truth politics, the political thought of Hannah Arendt, and higher education policy, among other issues.

Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus


D.Soc.Sc Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus is a university lecturer at the University of Helsinki. Previously she worked as a postdoc researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, in the project called EUROHERIT. The project analysed how the European Union creates a European cultural heritage and how it is utilized in the construction of identities. In addition, Kaasik-Krogerus is interested in media, identities, the EU, Eastern Europe and Estonia.

Jenni Karimäki


Doc.Soc.Sci Jenni Karimäki is senior researcher at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku. Karimäki has specialised in political ideologies, parties and history of ideas and mentalities and in her doctoral dissertation she studied Finnish liberalism and political culture in the 1920s and 1930s. In her postdoctoral research she has been studying the green movement.

Johannes Lehtinen


Johannes Lehtinen (MSSc) is a PhD Researcher at the Faculty of Management and Business in The University of Tampere. His PhD thesis focuses on citizen and civil society participation in EU policy making and democratic legitimacy of European integration. His other research interests include European integration dynamics, political participation and the economic-, climate- and asylum policies of the EU.

Karim Maïche


DSocSci Karim Maïche’s dissertation studied autonomous trade union movement in Algeria. His research interests include social movements, mobilization and cultural history within North Africa, Middle East and Mediterranean. In addition, Maïche has conducted research among young people in Finnish reception centers, regional and intra-regional challenges on multilateralism, processes of marginalization of the youth within the Mediterranean context and construction of neighboring relations in the local level in Tampere (Hervanta).

Emilia Palonen


D.Soc.Sc, docent Emilia Palonen is lecturer in political science at the University of Helsinki. Palonen conducts research in democratic opportunities, populism, Europe and cities (especially Budapest, Helsinki and Luxembourg). She developed the Politiikasta-journal and was its first chief-in-editor in 2012-2014.

Laura Parkkinen


M.Soc.Sc, MA Laura Parkkinen is a free journalist and researcher, specializing in France and populism. Parkkinen worked as a university teacher at the Universite de Sorbonnessa in 2018-2020. Her dissertation deals with the language of populism.

Arttu Saarinen

Docent Arttu Saarinen is an adjunct professor and currently working at the University of Turku as a university teacher of economic sociology. Between 2017-2020 Saarinen had led the Political Bubbles project (https://blogit.utu.fi/poliittisetkuplat/). Central themes in Saarinen’s research have been public opinion, economic sociology, welfare, health policy and party members and party supporters. Saarinen is passionate about teaching and has won several awards, including best lecturer at the faculty. Saarinen has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Copenhagen.