Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) appoints five new postdoctoral fellows


Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) has appointed five new postdoctoral fellows to three-year positions, which commence on 1 january 2021. Following a process of international peer review, the successful candidates were chosen from a field of 286 applications for the five positions available (a success rate of 1.7%). They will join an institute which is committed to interdisciplinary working and the development of top-level researchers.

– I am delighted to welcome the new researchers to TIAS and look forward to working with them. This year competition for places was once again extremely fierce and I congratulate the successful applicants on their achievement, TIAS Director, Professor Martin Cloonan, said.

New researchers

Daniel Acquah is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The title of his TIAS project is ‘Technical Assistance as an Enabler of the Global Constitutionalization of Intellectual Property Norms’.

Mona Mannevuo currently works as a researcher in the consortium Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation (BIBU). Her research interests include science and technology studies, cybernetics and the history of neurosciences. The title of her TIAS project is ‘Organising the Disorganised: Social Engineering in Post-War Finland, 1945–1955’. She is the author of Ihmiskone töissä. Sotienjälkeinen Suomi tehokkuutta tavoittelemassa (Gaudeamus, 2020).

Johanna Raitis is currently a postdoctoral researcher in International Business at the Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. Her research interests are organizational identity, values, local roots and sustainability. The title of her TIAS project is ‘Companies with Social Value: Various Perspectives on Local Roots and Global Business’. 

Teija Rantala is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies at the University of Turku. Her research interests include feminist body politics, reproductive ethics and ethics of care which are studied within feminist new materialist methodology and posthuman​ philosophy. The title of her TIAS project is ‘Embodied Reproductive Politics, Arts-based Methods and Former Conservative Laestadian Women’. 

Jenni Tikkanen is currently a senior researcher in the INVEST Flagship project. Her main research interests are related to sociology of education, youth studies, life course research, and international comparative education. Her TIAS project, ‘Riding High or Hanging on for Dear Life?’, examines how the individualisation of social inequalities, privatisation of risks, and gendered nature of individualisation materialise in ‘objective’ life courses and ‘subjective’ biographies of young people in Finland, Europe and Australia.

Further information

Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) is an interdisciplinary research centre based at the University of Turku. It is supported by the university’s faculties of Education, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences and the Turku School of Economics. It is currently home to 27 resesarchers whose work spans the social sicences and humanities.

It’s activities include a regular lecture series in Turku City Main Library, which recommenced on 7 October. For the programme and more information see the TIAS website

Created 19.10.2020 | Updated 11.05.2021