Stefan Sjöblom is a Professor of Local Administration at the Swedish School of Social Science (SSKH) and an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Åbo Akademi University.
He has published extensively on governance, local and regional development and public sector reform policies. He has long-standing experience as leader of research projects and networks and has been part of several extensive research programmes on Finnish municipal development since 1995.
In recent years he has led research projects on innovation and change in the public sector and the democratic impact of public sector reforms.
Sebastian Godenhjelm is a political scientist and University Lecturer at the SSKH. His research interests and publications concern temporary governance instruments, public sector project innovation, experimental governance, collaboration and stakeholder management.
He has worked in several research projects focusing on administrative reforms, project driven innovation and innovation diffusion in the public sector. He is currently chairman of the Finnish Section of the Nordic Federation of Public Administration (NAF).
Niilo Kauppi is a political sociologist and Visiting professor at the SSKH. His areas of interest include French politics and culture, European integration, higher education and research policies.
He has collaborated on numerous research projects in Europe and was recently awarded the Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize as a key influence in European Political Sociology.
Kanerva Kuokkanen is a political scientist and University Lecturer in Social Science Methodology at the SSKH. She is specialised in qualitative research methods, collaborative and participatory governance and the interface between citizens and public administration.
She has participated in several research projects dealing with topics such as public sector projects, regional and urban governance, de-radicalisation policies, and regulatory burden.
Kim Zilliacus is a political scientist and University lecturer at the SSKH. His research interests include comparative politics, environmental politics and policy, public opinion and values, political participation and communication, online politics.
He has been partner in national and international research projects on comparative politics and governance, environmental politics, digitalization and value change. He has been visiting researcher and lecturer at Australian, New Zealand and Swedish universities, and coordinator of international curricula and digital education projects.
PhD Isak Vento is a University Lecturer at the Department of Political and Economic studies at University of Helsinki. His research interests concern public governance, political trust and representation in contemporary liberal democracies.
Previously he was Visiting Researcher at Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW), a top research unit at Södertörn University in Sweden. He is affiliated with the strategic research project Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation (BIBU) and Politiskt beteende I den finlandssvenska diasporan (fsvdiaspora).
Marjukka Weide’s areas of expertise cover interpretive policy analysis, software assisted qualitative inquiry, interview methods and textual analysis methods, including qualitative content analysis and discursive approaches.
Marjukka Weide is expected to defend her Ph.D. thesis on the intersection of immigrant integration and participation policies at the University of Jyväskylä in 2022.
Jaakko Hillo is a PhD Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He holds Master’s degrees from the University of Helsinki (M.Soc.Sc) and the EUI (M.Res) and has been affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley as a visiting student researcher.
He has worked in two projects funded by the Academy of Finland, including one led by Sjöblom.
Andreas Eklund is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include comparative politics, democratization and political stability. He has also taught courses on democracy and participation, political opinion and political communication.