Daria Gritsenko is an Assistant professor at the Aleksanteri Institute and Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki (Finland). She holds a PhD in Political Science (2014) and a title of Docent in Environmental Policy (2018), both from the University of Helsinki. She specializes in policy studies with a focus on environment, energy, and sustainability. Her work falls under three large categories: shipping and global environmental challenges, Arctic sustainability, and digital transformation. She is an expert in mixed methods research, in particular combining computational social science and qualitative approaches.  Her worked appeared in Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Transport Policy, Geoforum, Policy Studies Journal, and Regulation Governance. Her most recent research has targeted the digital transformation of the state and society in the light of the broader sustainability concerns. Gritsenko’s research has been funded among others by the Finnish Academy, NOS-HS, and the Fulbright Foundation. In 2017, Daria co-founded Digital Russia Studies (DRS), a scholarly network aimed at developing new ideas for combining data science and social sciences. In 2018-19, she was a Fellow of the prestigious Fulbright Arctic Initiative and a Visiting Scholar at the IERES (GWU), investigating pathways of renewable energy development in the Russian Arctic. In 2021, Daria Gritsenko was awarded Nils Klim Prize “for her outstanding research contributions in the intersection between political science, environmental studies and digital humanities”.

Assistant Professor in Russian Big Data Methodology


PhD in Political science, University of Helsinki, 2014


Environmental governance, Maritime policy and shipping, Arctic sustainability, Energy transition, Non-state actors, Authoritarian digitalisation, Mixed-method research, Computational social science


2018        Title of Docent in Environmental Policy
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research

2014        Doctor of Social Science (eximia cum laude approbatur)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research

2009        Master of European Studies (with honors)
University of Hamburg, Europa-Kolleg-Hamburg

2008       Bachelor of Political Science (with honors)
St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philosophy


Mother tongue     Russian
Other languages  English, German, Finnish, Swedish



04/2015 – 12/2017       Postdoctoral fellow
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

01/2011 – 12/2017         Lecturer
Baltic Sea Region Studies program
University of Turku

04/2014 – 03/2015        Project researcher
Brahea Center, Center for Maritime Studies
University of Turku

01/2012 – 03/2014        Doctoral student
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

01/2010 – 12/2011        Doctoral student
Faculty of Social Science, University of Turku

02/2009 – 03/2009       Trainee
Hanse-Office Brussels

08/2007 – 09/2007       Trainee
Baltic Sea Secretariat for Youth Affairs, Kiel



01/2019 – 03/2019  Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University, USA

02/2017                   Center for European Governance, University of Exeter, UK

06/2016 – 07/2016    Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan

01/2016 – 02/2016    Center for Arctic Petroleum Exploration, University of Tromso, Norway

02/2015                    Marine Studies Frontier Education Center, School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University, Japan

04/2014 – 05/2014   Applied Economics Department, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


2015 – 2017                      Pedagogical training in teaching and learning in higher education acquired at the University of Helsinki
2010 – 2015                       Advanced research methods, including quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and computation methods (diverse University courses and summer schools)
01/2008 – 09/2008        Project management, fund raising, marketing and communication for non-profit organizations at Robert-Bosch-Foundation Educational Program Freiwilligen Kolleg – Education for Civil Engagement (Berlin, Germany)

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Media appearance

Sharing Icebreakers between Industry and Research – o6 Sept 2017 – High North News,

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes – 23 Aug 2017 – Fox News,

For scientific publications, please check my Google Scholar profile.