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I have been Professor of International Politics at the University of Turku since 2010. I studied at the Universities of Helsinki and Oxford (St Antony's College), and received my doctorate from the latter in 2001. Before joining the Faculty in Turku, I worked, inter alia, as Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, as Director of the University of Helsinki's Network for European Studies, and as a Visiting professor of European Studies at Saarland University in Germany.
Teaching is the most important value of academia. I therefore regard the over 100 master's and ten doctoral theses that have been completed under my supervision as my most important academic achievement. Please be in touch, if you are intellectually ambitious and interested in pursuing doctoral studies in Turku! My annual teaching responsibilities include master's thesis seminars in International Politics and two lecture series related to the current predicaments of European and global affairs. I also coordinate the active research seminar of the Political Science Section.
The conditions of democracy and democratisation, primarily in Europe, have been the cornerstones of my research. I spent the 1990s trying to understand postcommunist transformations in East Central Europe. These efforts led to a doctoral thesis, later published under the title "Between Utopia and Disillusionment" (2005). In the 2000s, I turned to studying the European Union, above all its foreign policies and people's attitudes to it (resulting e.g. in the book "The Making of the European Union", 2006). Over the past decace, I have also written on such themes as the state of International Relations research, general problems of globalisation, and the fate of liberal democracy. I currently act as Deputy Director of the research consortium "Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making", funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland for 2017-2021 (www.paloresearch.fi).