People

Dr. Sari Autio-Sarasmo is the director of the Master’s programme

University lecturer in Russian Studies, title of docent

Research interests

  • Economic history (Soviet Union/Russia)
  • New Cold War studies
  • East-West interactions and technology and knowledge transfers
  • History of science and technology
  • Digitalisation and innovation studies (Russia)
  • Environmental history

Sari Autio-Sarasmo online

Senior researcher

Research interests

  • Representations of Islam in Russia
  • Diversification of Muslim communities in ethnically Russian areas
  • Central Asian migrants in Russia
  • Contemporary Slavic Paganism
  • Late modern religiosity
  • Ethnography
  • Nationalism

Kaarina Aitamurto online

Professor of Russian Politics

Research interests

  • Russian and post-Soviet politics in theoretical and comparative perspective
  • Regime changes
  • Political institutions
  • Electoral and party politics
  • Federalism and regionalism

Vladimir Gel'man online

Senior researcher, University lecturer in Russian Studies, title of docent

Research interests

  • Public administration
  • Law and legal culture
  • Comprehensive security
  • Migration

Anna-Liisa Heusala online

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests

  • Civil society
  • Welfare regimes
  • Social and family policy
  • Child welfare
  • Qualitative methods, ethnography

Meri Kulmala online

University lecturer, title of docent

Research interests

  • Political history of Russian culture and religion
  • Religious policies of the early Soviet period
  • The "main stream" of Russian/Soviet history and areal studies
  • Contemporary Russian politics and society

Arto Luukkanen online

University lecturer, title of docent

Research interests

  • Bilingualism
  • Language education
  • Russian language

Ekaterina Protassova online

Academy of Finland Fellow, title of docent

Research interests

  • Cultural and literary studies
  • New imperial and spatial histories
  • Civilizational discourses
  • Cultural nationalism
  • Postcolonialism

Sanna Turoma online

Professor in Russian energy policy

Research interests

  • Energy policy
  • Environmental policy
  • Power and democracy
  • Regional and environmental planning
  • Geography of Russia

Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen online