The Aleksanteri Institute is a national centre in the field of Russian and Eastern European studies under the auspices of the University of Helsinki. It promotes research, teaching and expertise concerning Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in social sciences and the humanities.
Research activities at the Aleksanteri Institute are conducted in six focus areas that have been selected on the basis of the research needs of the target countries and analyses of their future challenges, as well as the utilisation of expertise within the institute. Each focus area is approached through the following broad multidisciplinary research programmes comprised of one or more research projects:
- Economic diversification
- Energy policy, the change in industrial communities and rural areas
- Welfare state
- Welfare; gender and agency, inequality, class and social structure
- Development of democracy
- Construction of the European identity and the political utilisation of history, government, the development of civil society, media, welfare, gender and agency
- Foreign policy
- Foreign policy and energy, extended safety and crisis management
- Social constitutionalisation of culture
- Intellectual history and rationality, the sacred and profane, identities, the meeting of cultures, cultural centres and peripheries
- The Cold War and its repercussions
The Aleksanteri Institute also has an international Master’s Programme in Russian Studies.