Personnel

Centre for European Studies hosts over 30 researchers in various research projects. The researchers of the Centre represent the worlds leading experts in their designated fields. Below you can find our staff in alphabetical order. 

Postdoctoral researcher
History of International Law and Human Rights

Ongoing research projects:

  • Postdoctoral researcher in History of International Law and Human Rights at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives as a part of the subproject 1 “Law and the uses of the past”.
  • Inter-war jurists and the historical narratives sustaining European legal integration.
  • Critical analysis and politics of the international legal canon

Expertise and reasearch interests:

  • Public international law
  • Legal history
  • International law
  • Human rights
  • Law and religion

Paolo Amorosa on Tuhat-research portal

Director, Centre for European Studies
Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Research director, Title of Docent in Political History

Ongoing projects:

  • Late Cold War and Post-Cold War European and International Security (2013-2017)
  • Finland’s EU-policy
  • Finnish Integration History
  • Historical Narratives’ Contests in International Relations

Expertise and research interests:

  • European political history
  • History of international relations in the Cold War era and its aftermath
  • Finnish foreign and EU policy
  • Finland’s engagement with the European integration process from the 1950’s onwards
  • The end of the Cold War, the origins of the Cold War in the Nordic Region
  • East-West economic relations after 1945
  • History of Finland’s foreign trade and integration policy in the 20th century
  • Finnish business and economic history

Juhana Aunesluoma on Tuhat-research portal
Juhana Aunesluoma on Twitter
Juhana Aunesluoma website

Doctoral student
Social and Moral Philosophy

Ongoing projects:

PhD dissertation on Carl Schmitt and Weimar Republic’s Constitutional crisis as a part of the Centre of Excellence “Law, Identity and the European Narratives” subproject 2, Discovering the Limits of Reason - Europe and the Crisis of Universalism

Expertise and research interests:

  • Continental philosophy
  • History of philosophy
  • Relationship between politics and reason

Tuukka Brunila on Tuhat-research portal

Doctoral candidate
Constitutional Law 

Ongoing research projects:

  • Researcher at Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives
  • Member of the sineoistic circles at Crosslocations

Expertise and research interests:

  • Human rights law
  • Immigration law
  • Refugee law
  • Laws concerning human trafficking
  • Border studies
  • Critical security analysis

Mehrnoosh Farzamfar on Tuhat-research portal

University researcher
Legal history

Ongoing projects:

Team Leader at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives subproject 1 “Law and the uses of the past”.

Expertise and research interests:

  • Roman law
  • International law
  • Human rights

Jacob Giltaij on Tuhat-research portal

Marie Curie Fellow
Legal history and legal theory

Ongoing projects:

“What is Comparative Legal History? Legal Historiography and the Revolt Against Formalism, 1930-60”. A full length investigation of a paradigm shift in understanding the legal past.

Expertise and research interests:

  • Legal history
  • European legal history of the early-modern period
  • Early-modern law
  • The ius commune as a non-codified legal system
  • Anti-formalism in law

Adolfo Giuliani on Tuhat-research portal

Postdoctoral researcher
Political History

Ongoing project:

Renouncing the Brezhnev doctrine. A study on the Soviet alliance policy change at the end of the Cold War

Expertise and research interests:

  • EU-Russia relations
  • Eastern and East Central Europe
  • Cold War and European integration
  • Transnational history

Suvi Kansikas on Tuhat-research portal

Associate professor in Minority Studies, Åbo Akademi University

Ongoing projects:

  • University researcher & Team leader in Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie) subproject 3, Migration and the narratives of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice”
  • Research projects: “Forced displacement as method of knowledge production” and “Undocumented migrants as the new European minority”

Expertise and research interests:

  • New minorities
  • Exile studies
  • History of migration
  • Crimmigration and othering
  • Public international law
  • International and European refugee and migration law

Magdalena Kmak on Tuhat-research portal
Magdalena Kmak's Åbo Akademi University page 

Postdoctoral researcher
Media & Communication studies

Ongoing research project:

Trust in the Media Society. A study of the decision making culture in the Finnish energy sector, case Fennovoima

Expertise and research interests:

  • Political culture
  • Political communication

Lotta Lounasmeri on Tuhat-research portal

University lecturer in European Studies
Adjunct professor, Political science

Ongoing projects:

  • Finland and theories of political violence (FIPO)
  • Radical Islamist Propaganda and Finland (RISPRO)
  • Radical Islamist Milieu in Finland (RISVER)

Research interests:

  • Terrorism and political violence in post-war Europe
  • School shootings
  • Counterterrorism and counterextremism policies in western countries

Leena Malkki on Tuhat-research portal
Leena Malkki website

University researcher
Philosophy

Ongoing projects:

  • Principle investigator of the research project “Rethinking the Intellectual Foundations of the European Economic Constitution”
  • Team leader of the Centre of Excellence “Law, Identity and the European Narratives” subproject 2, Discovering the Limits of Reason - Europe and the Crisis of Universalism

Expertise and research interests:

  • Modern philosophy
  • Continental philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Political philosophy
  • Europe
  • European integration
  • Political economy
  • Economic constitution
  • History of liberalism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Ordoliberalism

Timo Miettinen on Tuhat-research portal
Timo Miettinen on Twitter

Visiting scholar, Professor
International relations, Foreign Policy Analysis

Ongoing projects:

  • Strategic Europe: research agenda on the adaptation of the European security order in global transition of power, governance and values (2013-)
  • Reimagining futures in the European North at the end of the Cold War (2013-2017)

Expertise and research interests:

  • The Finnish foreign and security policy
  • Finnish defence policy, NATO
  • The common security and defence policy of the European Union
  • European security and the Russian-West relations
  • The US position in great-power relations
  • Nuclear arms control

Kari Möttölä on Tuhat-research portal

Postdoctoral Researcher
Political science

Ongoing projects:

Battle and Competition: Conceptualizing Political Conflict in Modern German Political Thought (Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Project, 2017-2020)

Expertise and research interests:

  • Political theory
  • History of political thought
  • German intellectual history
  • Radical conservatism
  • Conflict theory
  • Conceptual history
  • Metaphor theory
  • The methodology of intellectual history

Timo Juhani Pankakoski on Tuhat-research portal
Timo Juhani Pankakoski on Orcid-portal

Associate professor, Minority Studies, Theology, Åbo Akademi University
Docent of research in law and religion at University of Helsinki
Docent of theological ethics with philosophy of religion at Åbo Akademi University

Ongoing projects:

  • Academy research in the research project called “Management of the Sacred: A Critical Inquiry” (2013-2018)
  • Vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (Academy of Finland 2018-2025)
  • Principle investigator in the research project called “Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law (HERA 2016-2019)

    Expertise and research interests:

    • Law and religion
    • Religious freedom
    • Human rights
    • Theory and history of human rights
    • History of ideas
    • Political theology

    Pamela Slotte on Tuhat-research portal

    Doctoral student
    Area and Cultural Studies

    Ongoing projects:

    PhD at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives subproject 3, Migration and the narratives of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice”

    Expertise and research interests:

    • European studies
    • Cultural studies
    • Human security
    • Mobilities
    • Forced displacement
    • Postcolonialism
    • Development studies

    Laura Sumari on Tuhat-research portal

    Doctoral Student
    Social and Moral Philosophy

    Ongoing projects:

    PhD dissertation on the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European narratives subproject 1, "Law and the uses of the past"

    Ville Suuronen on Tuhat-research portal

    Associate professor of European Intellectual History

    Ongoing projects:

    • Director at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie)
    • Director at the research project “Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition” (SpaceLaw), funded by ERC

    Expertise and research interests:

    • European studies
    • Legal history
    • Legal anthropology
    • Jurisprudence
    • Roman law
    • Classical archaeology
    • Ancient history

    Kaius Tuori on Tuhat-research portal
    Kaius Tuori website