Tuomas Räsänen profile picture
Adjunct Professor, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies
Senior Research Fellow, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies


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Areas of expertise

Environmental History
Animal History
Human-Animal Studies
History of Science


I defended my PhD thesis, concerning the birth of the Baltic marine environmental crisis, in 2015 at the University of Turku. Since then I have worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the reseach project Animal Agency in Human Societies, funded by the Academy of Finland. During 2015-2016 I also worked some months as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. During the 2018 I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies (TIAS). In the beginning of the 2019 I started as an assistant professor for the cultural sea and maritime studies.


I have worked approximately six years as a full-time teacher in various temporary positions at the department of European and World History at the University of Turku (before completing the PhD as an university teacher and since then as an university lecturer). 


In my current research project titled Co-living with the Sea, I am investigating the relationship between humans and Baltic marine animals from the perspective of evolutionary history. I am particularly interested how humans have affected marine animal populations since 1950s and, reciprocally, how the human-animal interactions have shaped environmental thoughts and nature-related identities in Finland.


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Johdanto (2020)

Nora Schuurman, Tuomas Räsänen
(A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa)

Eläinten unohdettu historia (2018)

Historia nyt - Turun Historiallisen Yhdistyksen jäsenlehti
Syrjämaa Taina, Räsänen Tuomas
(B1 Kirjoitus tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Introduction (2017)

Räsänen T, Syrjämaa T
(A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa)