Aleksanteri Institute
P.O.Box 42 (Unioninkatu 33)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

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Location & Connections



Since its founding in 1996 the Aleksanteri Institute has grown rapidly into a working community of approximately 50 experts. A large part of the Institute's staff works on project funding. In addition, the Institute is regularly visited by other researchers, both Finnish and foreign, who get their funding from other sources.


Markku Kivinen  

Markku Kivinen

Director, Ph.D (sociology), professor

Director of The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies – Choices of Russian Modernisation

Expertise: Social Theory, Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy, Transition Studies in Comparative Perspective, Social Inequality, Power and Democracy, Cultural Structures and Macro Processes

room 245
+358-(0)50-563 6309

Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
List of Publications (pdf)
Henkilökohtainen kotisivu

Deputy Director


Markku Kangaspuro
Deputy Director
Director of Research, Ph.D (history), Professor

Expertise: Political history, especially the former Soviet Union and new Russia; political development of Russia; identities and nationalism; modernization and development problems

Constructing Russian Identity in the Media: Between the History of WW II and the Future of Europeanness

Administrative expertise: project management

room 240
+358-(0)50-522 3393

Curriculum vitae


Kaarina Aitamurto   Kaarina Aitamurto
Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD

Expertise: Contemporary Slavic Paganism (Rodnoverie) in Russia, alternative spirituality and new religious movements, Pagan ultra-nationalistic groups

room 217
+358-(0)50-448 4046

Curruculum vitae


Sari Autio-Sarasmo
Senior Researcher, PhD, docent

Research coordinator of The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies – Choices of Russian Modernisation

Expertise: Economic history of the soviet union, forest history / environmental history, Soviet Karelia, history of science and technology, East-West relations during the Cold War, scientific technological exchange between Finland and the Soviet Union

room 231
+358-(0)50-319 9365

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae pdf

Dragana Cvetanovic  

Dragana Cvetanovic
Researcher, Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies

Expertise: Western Balkans studies (languages and cultures, recent history), Sociolinguistics (identity studies), Discourse analysis

room 308
+358-(0)50-448 6465

Curriculum Vitae


Vladimir Gel'man
Professor, Russian Politics

Expertise: Russian and post-Soviet politics in theoretical and comparative perspective, regime changes, political institutions, electoral and party politics, federalism and regionalism

Finnish-Russian network in Russian and Eurasian Studies FRRESH

room 218
+358 (0)50-318 570

Curriculum Vitae

    Leo Granberg
 Professor Emeritusr, Dr.Pol.Sc

Daria Gritsenko
Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.

Expertise: Environmental policy, quality shipping governance, maritime corporate social responsibility, Baltic Sea region

room 230
+358 (0)50-415 0262


Emma Hakala
Researcher, Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies

Expertise: Western Balkans, environmental security, post-conflict cooperation, international organizations.

room 331
+358-(0)50-448 4412


  Anna-Liisa Heusala
Senior researcher, Ph.D.

Expertise: Studies of public administration and politics,  Russian public sector leadership, comprehensive security, Russian security policy.

Curriculum Vitae

room 309
+358-(0)50-448 6459

Stephanie Hitztaler  

Stephanie Hitztaler
Postdoctoral Researcher

Expertise: Forest ecology and policy, non-timber forest products, ethnobiology, political ecology, remote sensing and GIS, post-Soviet demography, Kamchatka Peninsula (Russian Far East)

room 308

+358-(0)50-448 4061

TUHAT page and Curriculum Vitae


Brendan Humphreys
Postdoctoral Researcher

Expertise: Cold War and Balkan history, nationalism and forms of exceptionalism, civic religion and myth creation, corruption, biography studies, and the sociology of violence and conflict

Huone 229

.Curriculum Vitae

Jussi Huotari

room 320
+358-(0)50-448 9160


Sakari Höysniemi
Researcher, Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.

Expertise: energy and climate policy (Finland and Russia), energy security, carbon trading, environmental governance.

Researcher at From Failand to Winland ( research project.

Room 308
+358 50 314 8944

TUHAT profile


Marina Khmelnitskaya
Postdoctoral Researcher

Expertise: Comparative politics, Russian and post-Soviet politics, public policy, historical institutionalism, economic ideas, experts, governance, policy instruments, developmental state, housing policy, housing finance

room 216

Curriculum Vitae

  Anna Klimova

PhD Candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology, MA

Expertise: Child welfare and foster care in Russia, alternative medicine, independent midwifery and home birth movement, new rituals and invented traditions, ethnography 

Research project: A Child's Right to a Family: Deinstitutionalization of Child Welfare in Putin's Russia

Room 217
+358-(0)50-319 9417


Meri Kulmala
Postdoctoral Researcher, D.Soc.Sc.

Expertise: Civil society, welfare state, social policy, family policy, child welfare, ethnography, qualitative case study

Leader of a Research project: A child's right to a family: deinstitutionalization of child welfare in Putin's Russia.

room 217
+358-(0)50-448 4057

Curriculum Vitae


Katja Lehtisaari
University Researcher, D.Soc.Sc

Expertise: Journalism, business journalism, financial press in Russia, media systems, comparative media systems

Editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus – The Finnish Journal on Russian and East European Studies (leading Finnish scientific quarterly)

Hyperlocal publishing
Media and security in Central Asia
Russian Media Lab

Editor-in-chief of Aleksanteri Insight

room 319
+358-(0)50-311 2590

Curriculum Vitae


Anna Lowry
Postdoctoral researcher

Expertise: Political economy of Russia and Eurasia, post-Soviet developmentalism, institutional and technological change and economic development, Russia's economic diversification, high-technology industries, Eurasian economic integration

room 204
+358-(0)50-448 8994


Katalin Miklóssy
Senior researcher, PhD, Docent

  • Leader of international research project “Competition in Socialism”
  • Founder and leader of the international scholarly network “Entrepreneurship in Socialist and Post-Socialist Space”
  • Co-founder and co-leader of the international consortium Cold War Research Group
  • Founding member of the Teachers’ Academy of the University of Helsinki
  • Associate Fellowship: Grigore Gafencu Center, Romania.

Expertise: competition and competitiveness in socialist and post-socialist societies, state socialism and systemic changes, Cold War interactions, political history of Eastern Europe, nationalism

room 216
+358-(0)50-368 3231

Jouko Nikula Jouko Nikula
Senior researcher, D.Soc.Sc.,Docent

Expertise: Rural transition, non-agricultural entrepreneurship, middle classes

room 325
+358-(0)44-583 8448

Curriculum Vitae

Vesa Oittinen  

Vesa Oittinen
Professor, PhD, docent

room 330

Curriculum Vitae


Katri Pynnöniemi
Assistant Professor of Russian Security Policy
Mannerheim Russian Security Policy Professorship

room 215



Saara Ratilainen
Researcher, PhD

Expertise: Russian Language and Literature, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Russian popular culture, Russian history of print, Gender Studies

room 319
+358-(0)50-448 4047

Curriculum Vitae


Hilma Salonen

room 331
+358-(0)50- 448 8623


Andrey Starodubtsev
Postdoctoral researcher, Candidate of Political Sciences

Expertise: сomparative federalism, regional policy, authoritarian states and policy studies

room 219
+358-(0)50-448 0614


Anna Tarasenko
Postdoctoral Researcher, Candidate of Science (Political Science)

Expertise: civil society, nonprofit sector development in comparative perspective, welfare reforms and transformation, child's welfare

Research project: A Child's Right to a Family: Deinstitutionalization of Child Welfare in Putin's Russia

Curriculum vitae pdf

Room 217
+358-(0)40-811 6381


Mark Teramae
Researcher, Doctoral Programme for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES)

Expertise: comparative politics, post-Soviet studies, neopatrimonialism, authoritarianism, national identity, Ukraine, Central Asia

room 331
+358-(0)50-448 4053

Sanna Turoma  

Sanna Turoma
Adjunct Professor, Academy of Finland Fellow

Expertise: Russian literature and culture, travel writing, postcolonial studies, Soviet émigré writers, imperial and spatial studies, geographical imagination in late Soviet culture

Finnish-Russian network in Russian and Eurasian Studies FRRESH

room 215
+358-(0)50-448 4051

Curriculum Vitae


Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen
Associate Professor in Russian Environmental Studies, Ph.D (geography), Docent

Expertise: energy policy, environmental policy, power and democracy, regional and environmental planning, Geography of Russia

room 309
+358-(0)50-311 2587
+358-(0)40-517 0521

Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Elina Viljanen
Postdoctoral Researcher, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Expertise: Cultural Studies, Western history  of art music and musicology, Soviet musicology, Russian/Soviet intellectual history and philosophy, Boris Asafiev’s theory, Soviet culture in the 1920s, Stalin era culture and science
Individual research project: Soviet musicology during the Stalin era  

van der Vet  

Mariëlle Wijermars
Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD

Expertise: Russian media (in particular TV and new media), cultural policy, media and internet regulation, cultural memory studies, Russian cinema

Russian MediaLab

Room 219
+358-(0)50-311 5736


Ira Österberg
Researcher, MA, Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies

Expertise: Russian cinema

room 308

Curriculum Vitae


Visiting Fellows Programme

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of one to three months.

16 Visiting Fellows are joining the Aleksanteri Institute during 2017-2018.

Visiting Fellows Bettina Renz, Arthur Mason and Barbara Falk, spring 2013

Other visiting researchers

The Aleksanteri Institute can also host visiting researchers and visiting PhD students who come to the University of Helsinki with their own funding. Read more about the opportunity to visit us.


Yoko Hirose
Visiting researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute from March 2017 to March 2018.

Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University, Research Associate of the Slavic Research Centre at Hokkaido University and Research Fellow of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions (CISMOR) at Doshisha University, Japan.

room 204

Short bio and description of research




Atsushi Ogushi
Visiting Researcher

Associate Professor of Department of Politics at Keio University and research associate of the Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University

room 204

Short bio and description of research



Studies and international affairs

Ira Jänis-Isokangas  

Ira Jänis-Isokangas
Head of Research Training, Ph.D., Finnish-Russian network in Russian and Eurasian Studies FRRESH

National and international research training networks in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies

Expertise: Social and political history of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, the Soviet criminal justice, conceptual history and history of ideas

room 238

+358-(0)50-448 4056

Jouni Järvinen   Jouni Järvinen
Director of Educational Programmes, D.Soc.Sc
East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB)
Ukrainian Studies

Expertise: Contemporary history of East Central Europe and the Western Balkans, dissidents, identity research and history politics

room 203

+358-(0)50-338 2807

kaakkuriniemi   Tapani Kaakkuriniemi
Head of Education, Master's Programme

Expertise: theories of state and democracy, international relations, Russian and Baltic politics, Russian idea and identities, Eurasian thought

room 329
+358- (0)400-289 942

Anna Korhonen  

Anna Korhonen
Head of International Affairs

strategic development (particularly support for research and internationalisation)
-research funding
-Director of The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Programme
-research visits to the Aleksanteri Institute, cooperation agreements

Expertise: Political sociology; nationalism and interaction between international organisations and ethnic minorities

room 234

+358-(0)50-563 6307

Eeva Korteniemi  

Eeva Korteniemi
Planning Officer, International Affairs, M.Soc.Sc.
Visiting Fellows Programme
Aleksanteri Conference
Russian Language Programme for Finnish students

room 231
+358-(0)50-415 0571


Minna Oroza
Planning Officer, M.Soc.Sc
East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB)
Ukrainian Studies

room 202
+358-(0)50-330 1898

Hanna Peltonen    Hanna Peltonen
Project Co-ordinator, Master's Programme, MBA, M.Soc.Sc

Expertise: entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs, leadership and organisations, the transition in Russian economy and leadership

room 202
+358-(0)50-331 9894
E-mail: hanna.o.peltonen at

Information and communication services

Niina Into  

Niina Into
Information Specialist, MA

Expertise: Library and information services, communications
Editor of Aleksanteri News

room 202
+358-(0)50-318 5667

Niina Into  

Elina Kahla

PhD, Adjunct Professor, Cultural History of Russia
Liaison Manager

POB 42, 00014 University of Helsinki 
Unioninkatu 33
room 327

Tel. +358 50 563 6308, +358 294123686

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Marko Tiainen
Information Specialist, MA

room 141