HSSH Staff
HSSH researchers and staff
HSSH Staff

Risto Kunelius

Risto Kunelius is the Director of HSSH and a Professor of Media and Communications. He specializes in research on the relationship between the media and politics, as well as communication related to climate change. He is responsible for the development of the institute.

Pekka Mäkelä

Pekka Mäkelä is a research coordinator in the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) at the University of Helsinki. He is a PI of the research group RADAR (https://radar.cs.helsinki.fi/). His research interests are in normative dimensions of collective and social action, e.g. collective responsibility and trust, social ontology, the philosophy of the social sciences, and philosophical problems of social robotics and human-robot interaction.

Mari Siiroinen

Research coordinator Mari Siiroinen has specialized in the research data and infrastructure issues of the faculties at the City Centre Campus. She is currently developing the mobile research equipment loan office for the institute. Siiroinen can help you if you need advice or assistance in collecting, storing, using or managing research data.

Kustaa Multamäki

Kustaa Multamäki's main responsibilities are preparation of administrative matters, strategic support for the Insitute director, and coordination of on-site support. Please contact him also in all practical matters related to HSSH.

Päivi Karimäki-Suvanto

The head of campus development Päivi Karimäki-Suvanto assists the heads of the university units in strategic management and operational development. The head of development coordinate the activities of the university's internal groups together with other directors of sector. Together with the directors of sector, Karimäki-Suvanto is responsible for ensuring that the services of the university's units are user-oriented and resource-efficient, and that users can provide feedback and influence the services.

Sanna Antipin

My name is Sanna Antipin and I work as a controller at the HSSH center. My duties include all financial issues relating to the HSSH center, such as financial monitoring, budgeting and daily routine counselling. I have worked at the University of Helsinki almost ten years now and I have liked it a lot. At that time my duties have included project accounting, HR and Faculty’s financial issues. It has been quite a versatile area. My educational background is international business operations.

Anna Jarske-Fransas

Research assistant Anna Jarske-Fransas works with HSSH communications, events and website. She is a graduate student majoring in Study of Religions and Archaeology at the University of Helsinki.

Sointu Leikas

Sointu Leikas works as a University Researcher at the HSSH Methodological Unit. Her research background is in personality and social psychology and she specializes in everyday life dynamics in behavior. Leikas gained her PhD in the field of personality psychology in 2010 and has since worked in several research projects in the University of Helsinki. Within HSSH she is interested in developing methods for studying human interaction and behavioral dynamics. She is responsible for HSSH’s collaboration with research groups conducting experimental and experience sampling research.

Heta Moustgaard

Heta Moustgaard is a demographer, sociologist and a public health scientist whose research focuses on social inequalities in health and wellbeing. She uses large population data based on individual-level linkages of administrative registers. Moustgaard is interested in the causal processes producing social inequalities and the methodological development in causal inference.

Matti Pohjonen

Matti Pohjonen is a University Researcher at HSSH's methodological unit.  He works at the intersection of digital anthropology, philosophy and digital methods, developing research approaches for understanding digital cultures and digital politics in a comparative global context. Pohjonen has previously worked as a lecturer in global digital media at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and as a researcher for the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence and at  University of Oxford.

Jouni Tuominen

Jouni Tuominen works as a university researcher at the Methodological Unit at the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities. He is a computer scientist in the field of knowledge technology. In his work, he applies computational methods for solving digital humanities and social sciences research questions, and has worked extensively especially with different cultural heritage contents. Tuominen works also in Aalto University where he develops linked data infrastructures (https://seco.cs.aalto.fi/u/jwtuomin/).

Eetu Mäkelä

Eetu Mäkelä is a tenure-track associate professor in Human Sciences–Computing Interaction at the University of Helsinki, and a docent (adjunct professor) in computer science at Aalto University. At the Hel­sinki Centre for Digital Hu­man­it­ies, he leads a research group that seeks to figure out the technological, processual and theoretical underpinnings of successful computational research in the humanities and social sciences. Additionally, he serves as a technological director at the DARIAH-FI infrastructure for computational humanities and is one of three research programme directors in the datafication research initiative of the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities.

Katja Valaskivi

Katja Valaskivi is an Associate Professor in Religion and the Digital World in the Faculty of Theology as well as one of the three research programme directors in the datafication programme at HSSH. She also heads the Helsinki Research Hub on Religion, Media, and Social Change (Heremes), a joint project of the Faculties of Theology, Arts and Social Sciences. Valaskivi's background is in media studies. In her teaching she focuses on the role of media and technology in religion and belief systems, as well as in the birth, circulation and change of collective imagination in the datafied media. Valaskivi's research interests include imagined communities in datafied media environments, mixed methods research of hybrid media events, epistemic communities and epistemic contestations, as well as ‘technologism’ and ‘innovationism’. The research projects she currently leads focus on the mediatization and datafication of conspiracy theories and religious populism, among other things. Valaskivi will start as the Professor of Religious Studies and Media Research at the University of Helsinki on Sept 1, 2022.

Anton Berg

Anton Berg is a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences under the University of Helsinki. He is also part of the Mediatized Religious Populism project (MERELPO), funded by the Academy of Finland, and the interdisciplinary Helsinki Social Computing Group. Berg examines the connections between religion and datafication — especially phenomena such as religious populism on hybrid media platforms. His background is in religious studies, digital humanities and cognitive science. Berg has previously worked in the University of Helsinki's Image Media project (2020-2021), which utilises machine learning, image recognition and computational analysis, and in 2019-2021 as part of the Moralities of Intelligent Machines research group which studies with the moral psychology of robotics and artificial intelligence by using experimental social psychology and cognitive science.

Kirsikka Grön

Kirsikka Grön is a doctoral researcher in the Datafication research program at Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities. Grön’s research focuses widely on the social effects of various digital, data-intensive technologies. Currently, Grön studies the everyday effects of algorithmic systems and digital platforms and focuses especially on how people perceive big tech companies’ increasing power in the times of datafication. Grön’s background is in sociology and science and technology studies. Before starting at the institute, Grön has worked at the Centre for Consumer Society Research of the University of Helsinki and the Department of Computer Science of Aalto University.