The research project "Transnationalism as a Social Resource among Diaspora Communities" is led by Professor Östen Wahlbeck and it has three employed researchers, Dr Saara Koikkalainen, Dr Sanna Saksela-Bergholm and Dr Mari Toivanen, as well one doctoral student MA Peter Holley. The HORIZON2020-project CEASEVAL employs researcher Dr Niko Pyrhönen.
Östen Wahlbeck is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Helsinki, Finland, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampere, Finland, and Professor II at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from University of Warwick, UK (1997). He is the author of the monograph Kurdish Diasporas (Macmillan 1999) and a number of edited books , including Debating Multiculturalism in the Nordic Welfare States (together with Peter Kivisto, Palgrave 2013). He has published more than 30 international refereed academic articles in the field of international migration and ethnic relations, including articles in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Ethnicities and Mobilities. In addition, he is the author of numerous book chapters published in various languages. His research interests include transnational migration, immigrant businesses, refugee studies, and integration policies. He has been the project leader of several large research projects in these areas funded by the Academy of Finland.
His academic activities are presented in the TUHAT research database
Citations in Google Scholar
Some publications in Academia.edu
Peter Holley is a doctoral student in Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses upon the construction of personhood amongst migrants to and from Finland. Holley has participated in several national and international research projects focusing on, for example, temporary labour migrants’ experiences on social security and working conditions (funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund) and “EUROSPHERE Diversity and the European Public Sphere. Towards a Citizens’ Europe” (funded by the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme). He is a well-networked junior researcher with strong professional networks, for example, in Finland, Sweden, Italy, the UK and the USA. Furthermore, Holley continues to serve on the board of the European Sociological Association’s (ESA) Research Network 15, which focuses upon Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology.
His academic activities are presented in the TUHAT research database
Saara Koikkalainen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Lapland, where she has worked as a University Researcher and external research funding specialist. Her research interests include mobility in Europe, highly-skilled migration, expatriate Finns, migrant labour market integration and migration decision-making. With colleague David Kyle (UC Davis) she has launched a concept called cognitive migration, which describes the process of imagining one’s mobility prior to making the actual physical move. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student at University of California, Davis (2010) and a visitor at European University Institute (EUI), Florence (2012). She has published in e.g. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Finnish Studies, Urban Affairs Review, National Identities and Baltic Journal of European Studies.
Her academic activities are presented at https://ulapland.academia.edu/SaaraKoikkalainen
Niko Pyrhönen is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Helsinki, where he defended his doctoral thesis in 2015, entitled “The True Colors of Finnish Welfare Nationalism.” In 2017, he was invited to the University of San Francisco as visiting scholar. His fields of expertise cover immigration, welfare nationalism, hybrid media and public debate. Pyrhönen has participated in several national and international research projects, including “EUROSPHERE Diversity and the European Public Sphere”, Academy of Finland project “Challenging Power”, University of Jyväskylä project “Mobilizing the ‘Disenfranchised’ in Finland, France, and the United States”, and conducted an overview of Nordic Migration Research in a joint project by NordForsk and the Finnish Institute of Migration. He has published several articles on political rhetoric, national identity, populism, and the Nordic welfare state.
His academic activities are presented in the Tuhat research database
Sanna Saksela-Bergholm received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Helsinki in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the role of immigrant associations in the integration of immigrants into the Finnish civil society. Her other studies and publications focus on temporary labour migrants’ working conditions and access to social security in Finland. She has participated in several national and international research projects such as Role of immigrant associations in the integration process (2003), Migrants, Minorities, Belonging and Citizenship (2004), POLITIS Active Civic Participation of Immigrants (2005). She finished her doctoral thesis within the Academy of Finland research programme Power in Finland (2007-2010). Saksela-Bergholm is a member of the IMISCOE TRANSMIG (Transnational Practices in Migration) network and a member of the ‘Global Social Protection – A project on Transnational Initiatives’ research network at Harvard University. She also collaborates with the Scalabrini Migration Centre in the Philippines.
Her academic activities are presented in the TUHAT research database
Mari Toivanen is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher (2015-2018) at the University of Turku. She holds a Master’s degree in Humanities from Paris IV Sorbonne and a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Turku (2014). Her PhD dissertation focused on the negotiations of belonging among youth with Kurdish background. Her postdoctoral research deals with the transnational political participation towards the Kurdish region in the Middle-East among young Kurds in Finland and France. She has published widely in international peer-review journals and been involved in several large-scale projects and networks, including the Multiculturalism as a New Pathway to Incorporation, Generations (Academy of Finland), the Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (University of Turku) and Multiculturalism and Nordic Identity (Nordforsk). She completed a researcher exchange in Galatasaray University (Istanbul) in 2012 and is on a research exchange to EHESS (The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris) in 2015-2017.
Her academic activities are presented at the University of Turku webpage.