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Professor, Political Science


+358 29 450 2737
+358 46 923 7859
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Areas of expertise

democratic theory
deliberative democracy
democratic innovations
direct democracy
political trust


I received my PhD from The London School of Economics in 1997. Since then, I have worked at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. In 2012, I was appointed as a Professor of Political Science at University of Turku. Previously, I have made research visits at Columbia University, Australian National University and University of Westminster. At the moment, I am the Principal Investigator of the projects "Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making" (PALO) funded by the Strategic Research Council of Academy of Finland (2017-2022), and "Facing Systemic Change Together" (FACTOR) funded by the Academy of Finland (2021-2024).


I teach courses on democratic theory, democratic innovations, and issues of long-term governance. I am also supervising Master's and PhD students in political science.


In my research, I specialize in democratic theories, especially theories of deliberative democracy, as well as various types of democratic innovations. Right now I focus on issues of long-term decision-making, especially how deliberative citizen participation might counteract short-termism in representative politics. This is also the key question in the project "Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making" (PALO). The more recent research project "Facing Systemic Change Together" (FACTOR) focuses on the role of citizen deliberation on climate transitions.


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Deliberative Mini-Publics - Core Design Features. (2021)

Nicole Curato, David Farrell, Brigitte Geissel, Kimmo Grönlund, Patricia Möckler, Jean-Benot Pilet, Alan Renwick, Jonathan Rose,Maija Setälä, Jane Suiter
(C1 Kustannettu tieteellinen erillisteos)

Deliberative disagreement and compromise (2020)

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Ian O'Flynn, Maija Setälä
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)