Meet our teachers
The disciplines of the Global Politics and Communication programme are rated among the best in Europe, thus guaranteeing the students the high quality research-based teaching. The teachers of the programme have extensive international backgrounds including vast international networks. Below you will find more information on them.
Dr. Kari Karppinen is Director of the GPC programme and University Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies.
His research interests include media and communication policy (and their guiding principles and ideologies in particular), media freedom and pluralism, communication rights and theories of the public sphere.
His current project is “Changing ideologies of media and communication policy” (Academy of Finland, 2014-2018).
Dr. Pertti Ahonen is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Helsinki. He is also in charge of the Governance, Organisations and Communication track of the GPC programme. His research interests include digital politology, neo-institutionalist theory and research, research on governance, public policy and public policy evaluation, and modifications of the above in teaching, supervision and expert functions.
Before joining the University of Helsinki in 2010, professor Ahonen worked as a professor of Public Administration at the University of Tampere, Finland, as a professor of Public Policy and Management at European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht, Netherlands and as a visiting scholar at Stanford University, CA, USA.
In 2015–17, Pertti Ahonen directs a project funded by a private-sector Kone Foundation to utilize digital methods to examine public policy-making, and in 2016–17, participates in a project on burdens arising from regulation exercised by the public sector.
Dr. Francesco Boldizzoni is senior lecturer of Political Science at the University of Helsinki. Before joining the University of Helsinki in 2017, he held a research professorship in economic history at the University of Turin for five years.
Dr. Boldizzoni's research looks at the problems of capitalist societies through historical and social-science lenses. It pays special attention to culture and ideas as powerful forces that drive both human behavior and our understanding of it. He is currently working on two book projects, approaching capitalism from complementary angles: one examines the long-term dynamics of welfare state formation and crisis; the other is about misadventures in social forecasting since Karl Marx.
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Dr. Tero Erkkilä is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Helsinki. He has also worked as a visiting scholar at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2005), Zeppelin University (2009) and University of Strasbourg (2007-2010).
His research interests include global knowledge governance, public institutions, and collective identities. His recent publications include Government Transparency (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), Global University Rankings (editor, Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and Public Administration (with B. Guy Peters and Patrick von Maravic, Routledge 2015).
He is currently heading a research project on global rankings and indicators as policy instruments.
Anne Maria Holli, PhD, Docent, is Professor of Political Science at the University of Helsinki. She has published nationally and internationally in the fields of public equality policies; gender equality discourses; and gender and politics. Her research interests also include the functioning of democracy and Finnish political institutions, including the Parliament and various policy-making institutions and their accessibility to interest organisations.
In addition to positions in Finland, Dr. Holli has had a Lecturer’s position at Lillehammer, Norway. She has been evaluated as having professorial competence both in political science and gender studies. She has also participated in many international and national research project, also in leading roles.
Dr. Hannu Nieminen is Professor of Media and Communication Policy, at the Department of Social Research, and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 in the University of Westminster, London.
His areas of expertise are communication and democracy, theories on the Public Sphere and media regulation.
Dr. Mervi Pantti is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Helsinki. She is also one of the teachers of the Media and Democracy track in the GPC programme.
Prior to joining the University of Helsinki in 2009, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of Communications Research 2003–2009).
She currently participates in the research project on Racisms and public communications in the hybrid media environment (HYBRA).
Dr. Emilia Palonen is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Helsinki. She has previously worked as a visiting scholar at Collegium Budapest, Hungary, Institute for Human Sciences – Institute for Advanced Study, IWM, Vienna, Austria, Humboldt universität, Germany and Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.
Emilia Palonen's research interests are populism, political identities, politics of memory and nationalism, urban cultural policy, local and radical democracy, poststructuralist discourse theory, interpretive research and pedagogical methods, Hungary, Europe.
She is a member of the consortium funded by the Academy of Finland (2017–2021): Mainstreaming Populism in Communication Studies and Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences in collaboration with Universities of Jyväskylä and Turku.
Dr. Heikki Patomäki is a Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. He is also in charge of the Global Political Economy track.
Previously, Heikki Patomäki has worked as a Professor of World Politics and Economy at the Nottingham Trent University, UK (1998–2003), and RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2007–2010, while on leave from Helsinki). During the first half of 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
Dr. Sergei Prozorov is University Lecturer in World Politics at the University of Helsinki. Before joining the University of Helsinki he was local director of the joint Master's Programme in International Relations organized by the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University Project (CBU) at Petrozavodsk State University, Russia during 2005–2007. He has taught in international Master's Programmes at the University of Tampere during 2007–2011 and lectured in English in several Finnish and international universities (e.g. in USA, UK, Sweden and Hungary). Prozorov is the author of eight books and numerous international journal articles on political philosophy and international relations. His current research interests include contemporary political philosophy, biopolitics, theories of democracy and totalitarianism.
Sergei Prozorov is Principal Investigator of the research project on Biopolitics and Democracy in Global Governance.
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Dr. Turo Virtanen is University Lecturer and Adjunct Professor. His research interests have spanned management and leadership of universities, knowledge management, human resource management, theory of policy implementation, international civil service, theory of social action and power, organizational and leadership culture, and public management. He was responsible for Finnish contribution to Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS), a comparative research of public sector reforms funded by the European Union (2011–2014). Currently he is attending to European Union’s Public Administration Country Knowledge project (EUPACK, 2016–17)) and research in Nordic Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (NORDICORE, 2017–). Turo has undertaken numerous external services as a member or chair of many panels assessing the quality of academic research, accrediting study programmes, reviewing institutions and assessing quality assurance systems in Finland and many European countries.
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