Johanna Nurmi

​Dr. Soc. Sci, postdoctoral researcher
e-mail: johnurm(a)
tel. +358-29 4503 081, +358-46 9201 925

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My current research explores vaccine refusal and hesitancy in Finland, looking at non-vaccination as a political lifestyle choice. I analyze the lifestyle and health attitudes of vaccination-refusing families and individuals, as well as their relationship with biomedical institutions and practitioners. This study is a part of the project Tracking the Therapeutic - Ethnographies of Wellbeing, Politics and Inequality (2015-1019), funded by the Academy of Finland.
My other research interests include violence (especially mass violence and it's consequences), trauma, recovery and memorialization, death studies, feminist research, and narrative and ethnographic research.

In my doctoral dissertation Let Go and Remember. How Finnish Communities Experienced and Memorialized School Shootings (2014) I analysed the experiences of mass violence in local communities, focusing on two cases of school shootings that happened in Finland, in 2007 and 2008. The study examined the forming of collective experiences of mass violence and the consequences of these crises for the local communities.

Publications in English

Nurmi, Johanna (2017): Shared Experiences of Mass Shootings: A Comparative Perspective on the Aftermath. London & New York: Routledge.
Nurmi, Johanna (2014): Let Go and Remember. How Finnish Communities Experienced and Memorialized School Shootings. Annales Universitatis Turkuensis  B 390. Turku: University of Turku.
Kiilakoski, Tomi & Nurmi, Johanna & Oksanen, Atte (2014): ‘Coping with Tragedy, Reacting to an Event. The Case of the Jokela School Shooting in Finland.’ Young  22(4):345–360.

Nurmi, Johanna (2014): ‘Affected or Detached? Gendered Emotional Reactions to School Shootings.’  Affilia. Journal of Women and Social Work 29(4): 447–461.
Nurmi, Johanna & Oksanen, Atte (2013): ’Expression and Projections of Evil in Mass Violence.’ Deviant Behavior 34(11): 859-874.
Oksanen, Atte & Nurmi, Johanna & Vuori, Miika & Räsänen, Pekka (2013): ’Jokela: Social Roots of a School Shooting Tragedy in Finland.’ In Nils Böckler, Thorsten Seeger, Peter Sitzer & Wilhelm Heitmeyer (eds) School Shootings: International Research, Case Studies and Concepts for Prevention. New York: Springer, 189–215
Nurmi, Johanna (2012): ‘Making Sense of School Shootings. Comparing Local Narratives of Solidarity and Conflict in Finland.’ Traumatology 18(3): 16–28.
Nurmi, Johanna &  Räsänen, Pekka & Oksanen, Atte (2012): ‘The Norm of Solidarity. Experiencing Negative Aspects of Community Life After a School Shooting.’ Journal of Social Work 12(3) 300–319.
Oksanen, Atte & Räsänen, Pekka & Nurmi, Johanna (2012): ‘Jokela and Kauhajoki: Experiencing School Shootings in a Nordic Welfare Society.’ In Schwester, Richard (ed): Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis. M.E. Sharpe: New York, 252–264.
Vuori, Miika & Oksanen, Atte & Räsänen, Pekka & Nurmi, Johanna (2012): ’Assessing the Relationship Between Fear of Crime and Social Solidarity.’  In  Räsänen & Sarpila (eds.): Working Papers in Economic Sociology: Well-being in Consumer Society? University of Turku, Department of Social Sciences. 101-116.
Oksanen, Atte & Räsänen, Pekka & Nurmi, Johanna & Lindström, Kauri (2010):  ’This can’t happen here! Community Reactions to School Shootings in Finland.’ Research on Finnish Society 3 (2010): 19–27.