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.
PhD Mikko Poutanen is a grant research in a project funded by the Kone Foundation at the University of Tampere. Before returning to write his PhD in political science at the University of Tampere, Poutanen worked 2006–2012 in the Nokia Corporation. He defended his prize-winning dissertation in April 2018. His thesis dealt with the homogenization of socio-political argumentation in 21st century Finland. Poutanen specializes in political communication and political economy. Poutanen has acted as the editor-in-chief of Politiikasta since January 2019.
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. Malkki is a visiting researcher at the Leiden University.
MSc Isak Vento is a doctoral candidate at the Department of political and economic studies at the University of Helsinki. In his dissertation, he analyses the democratic impact of new policy instruments in the welfare societies. He has focused on the European Union’s structural funds and its projects. Vento is a board member of the Finnish Political Science Association. He is responsible for the Swedish and English editorial work.
M.A. Maija Lähteenmäki has studied political science and gender studies and been working in science communication mainly as an editor. Currently she works at the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity and the Committee for Public Information. She has worked at Politiikasta from 2015.
D.Soc.Sc. is a researcher at the University of Helsinki in political history. Kotilainen defended her thesis on pictures of suffering and war in international relations at the University of Helsinki. She is interested about the visual in international politics, asylum policy, migration and the politics of humanity as well as human and animal rights. She is the curator of the Politiikasta art –serie in the Politiikasta journal.
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.
BSc Joonas Aitonurmi is the student member of the editorial staff. Aitonurmi is pleased to embrace the task of popularizing science. Aitonurmi is currently studying political science at master-level and in his master’s thesis he studies the political representation of labour market organizations.
Emma Hakala, Doctor of Social Sciences, works as 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 interesests include environmental and climate security as well as sustainable development.
D.Soc.Sc Sigrig Kaasik-Krogerus is a postdoc researcher at the University of Jyväskylä’s research institute in music, arts and culture in the EUROHERIT-project. The project analyses 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.
D.Soc.Sc Suvi Kansikas is an Academy of Finland research fellow at the Network for European studies at the University of Helsinki. She has specialized in the historical development of the EU-Russia-relations and she has also analyzed the countries stuck in between these power centers. She is interested in the history of the socialistic countries as part of globalization, the European integration and the history of the Cold War.
Doc.Soc.Sci Jenni Karimäki is lecturer in political history and senior researcher at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku. Karimäki has specialised in political ideologies 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 (MSSc) is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Management and Business at the University of Tampere. He is currently conducting research on the participation of citizens and civil society in EU policy making in Finland. His particular focus are questions concerning the democratic legitimacy of the European Union. He is also interested in developments of European integration, the varieties of political participation and the economic, asylum and climate policies of the EU.
Karim Maïche is a doctoral researcher at the Tampere Peace Reasearch Institute (TAPRI) at the University of Tampere. In his dissertation he studies the autonomous labour movement in the Algiers and more broadly the civil society of the country. In addition, the research interests of Maïche are North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean massmovements, mobilization and cultural history.
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.
M.Soc.Sc, MA Laura Parkkinen is a free journalist and researcher. She has specialized in France and populism. Parkkinen worked as project researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in 2015-2016 within the Academy of Finland project “Populismi liikkeenä ja retoriikkana”. Parkkinen is preparing her dissertation on populism as communication at the University of Turku. In the spring 2017 she was teacher and visiting researcher at the Université de Bourgognessa.
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