Doctoral training at the City Center campus – virtual tour

A virtual campus tour on doctoral training for the City Centre campus will be held on Friday, June 12th at 9:00-11.00 by Vice-Rector Paula Eerola.


9.00-9.20 Welcoming words, Vice-Rector for Research Paula Eerola (20min)

9.20-9.50 Doctoral education at UH, Head of Services for Doctoral Education Erkki Raulo (30min)

9.50-10.10 Introduction of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences, Director Minna Palander-Collin (20min)

10.10-10.30 Thesis committees in the HYMY doctoral programmes, Senior Adviser Kirsi Korpiaho and Vice-Director of Doctoral Programme of School, Education, Society and Culture Anu Kajamaa (20min)

10.30-10.50 Doctoral candidates’ individual lives and varied needs of support, Doctoral Education Planning Officer Päivi Väätänen and Vice-Director of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts, and Society Merja Polvinen (20min)

10.50 -11.00 Concluding remarks, Vice- Rector for Research Paula Eerola

Join the event in Zoom:

Research Funding News


Want to quickly learn how to find new funding sources? Research Professional expert Saara Santanen (UK) will be visiting both Kumpula (10-12, venue: Pietari Kalmin katu 5, Kumpula, Exactum, C222 ) and Meilahti (14-16, venue: Haartmaninkatu 8, Biomedicum, kok. 8-9 ) campuses on August 20th to guide you through the various search options in the database. Bring your own laptop to get the most out of the lecture! Other campuses are welcome to attend.


Registration and full programme for Kumpula via Lyyti

Registration and full programme for Meilahti via Lyyti



The Academy of Finland will be visiting the University of Helsinki in August/September to discuss the upcoming September 2019 Call.  Programme details for each campus can be found via the respective Lyyti links below. 

  • Meilahti – 27.8.2019 from 15-17; Venue – Haartman institute, luentosali 2, Haartmaninkatu 3
  • City Centre – 28.8.2019 from 13-16; Venue – Unioninkatu 40, Metsätalo, Sali 1
  • Viikki – 28.8.2019 from 13-16; Venue – Viikinkaari 11, Infokeskus Korona, sali 236 (sali 1)
  • Kumpula – 2.9.2019 from 13-15; Venue – A.I. Virtasen aukio 1, Chemicum, Sali A129


Registration for Meilahti via Lyyti

Registration for City Centre via Lyyti

Registration for Viikki via Lyyti

Registration for Kumpula via Lyyti






The AoF September call texts have been published and are available in Finnish, Swedish and English.  The call is open between 3.-25.9.2019.


Academy of Finland webpages



Slush & Skolar are looking for courageous young postdoc researchers from all fields of research and from all over the world. The 8 finalists will get a unique pitching bootcamp and pitch their research on Slush stage on the 22nd of November. The winner receives a €100K Skolar Award to advance her/his research. The competition and award are jointly funded by research foundations. The finalists and winner are selected by an academic jury. The call for applications opens 14th August and closes 18th September.


Skolar webpage and Slush webpage

Call for Papers Baltic Connections: a Conference in Social Science History March 26-27, 2020 University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

The Baltic Connections 2020 will take place at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, from March 26 to 27, and is hosted by the Department of History and Ethnology. As with the inaugural conference last year in Helsinki, we aim to bring together scholars working on comparative, economic, social, global, and other types of history and related social sciences to address various “East-West” historical processes and events as well as comparative and transnational analysis, including at the Baltic region, Europe, and the world. Potential topics include but are not limited to trade, migration, comparative development, international political economy and the diffusion and transplantation of institutions, ideas and cultural influences. Moreover, we want to promote interdisciplinary encounters and discussions, with the goal of bringing together scholars working in Western, Nordic, Central and East European, Baltic, and Russian universities. We are open to proposals that incorporate new digital technologies and ideas for roundtables.

The second Riitta Hjerppe Lecture in Social Science History will be given by Stephen Broadberry (University of Oxford). Further outstanding keynotes will be delivered by Kerstin Enflo (Lund University) and Sakari Saaritsa (University of Helsinki).

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2019. In addition to individual paper submissions, proposals for whole three to four paper panels are appreciated. Submitters will be notified of acceptance by December 15. Proposals can be submitted to:

We announce a limited number of travel grants up to 200 euros for participants coming from abroad. Please indicate in your submission if you want to apply.

The organizing institutions are University of Jyvaskyla, University of Helsinki, and the Finnish Economic History Association. The organizing group consists of Jari Ojala (University of Jyvaskyla), Merja Uotila (University of Jyvaskyla), MiiKka Voutilainen (University of Jyvaskyla), Riina Turunen (University of Jyvaskyla), Jari Eloranta (University of Helsinki), Sakari Saaritsa (University of Helsinki), Olli Turunen (University of Helsinki). More information can be obtained from Jari Ojala:

International Research Symposium: CITIES OF INCLUSION – SPACES OF JUSTICE

Welcome to the International Research Symposium: CITIES OF INCLUSION – SPACES OF JUSTICE, coorganized by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, “Fragile Cities in the Global South” –Research Project, funded by the Academy of Finland, and “Political, Societal and Regional Change” –Doctoral Programme.

Date and venue: 19-20 September, 2019, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

The main keynote speakers are:

1.   Prof. DIANE DAVIS (Harvard University, USA):City, Nation, Network: Shifting Territorialities of Sovereignty and Urban Violence in the global South

Venue:Think Corner Stage (Tiedekulma), Yliopistonkatu 4
Date: Thu, 19 Sept. 2019 at 9.15-10.30

2.   Prof. SASKIA SASSEN (Columbia University, USA): Predatory Formations Dressed in Wall Street Suits and Algorithmic Math
Venue:Porthania Lecture Hall II (Yliopistonkatu 3)
Date: Thu, 19. Sept, 2019 at 16-17.45

3.   Prof. ERIK SWYNGEDOUW (University of Manchester, UK): Life and Death in the Urbicene: The de-politicized fantasy of Anthropocenic urbanization
Venue:Think Corner Stage (Tiedekulma), Yliopistonkatu 4
Date: Fri, 20 Sept, 2019 at 9.30-10.30

For a full programme of the Symposium see:

HYMY travel grant autumn 2019

The Autumn application round for HYMY Travel Grant will open tomorrow 15th August 2019 and close on 28th August 2019. Please see PhD Guide for instruction and link to Aava application system.

Seminar: The Relevance of Social Sciences

What does impact mean in the context of social sciences? What makes social sciences relevant beyond academia – at the moment, and in the future?

Seminar: The Relevance of Social Sciences

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 1-4 pm, University of Helsinki Language Centre, lecture hall 115 (Fabianinkatu 26)

Welcome to a seminar organized by the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Social Sciences, with presentations from members of its international Scientific Advisory Board and faculty. Representing a broad field of social sciences and its approaches, the speakers will address the question of relevance in social sciences.

What could be done to make the social sciences more relevant? What kind of international collaboration and benchmarking are beneficial to this goal? How could research and teaching be organized to enhance the relevance of social sciences? Should social sciences organize around problem/phenomena, instead of theories or methods? What is happening to traditional ways of understanding disciplines and disciplinarity in social sciences?


Chair: Vice dean Juhana Aunesluoma

1 – 2.30 pm: Disciplines and paradigms

Social psychology: a discipline in the midst of an(other) identity crisis. Laurent Licata, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

The inequality paradigm and the future of social science. Mike Savage, London School of Economics and Political Science.

The future of the social sciences: a personal view. Stephen Broadberry, University of Oxford.

Discussant Nelli Hankonen, University of Helsinki


2.45 – 4 pm: Interdisciplinarity and institutions

Interdisciplinarity and impact in social science – creating the new American public university at ASU. Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University.

The relevance of social science: experiences across the fault lines of policy and engineering. Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University.

[Title TBC] Annelise Riles, Northwestern University

Discussant Risto Kunelius, University of Helsinki

All are welcome! Priority will be given to members of the Faculty of Social Sciences. No registration is required.

Application period for the doctoral programmes’ salaried positions open again in September

The University of Helsinki annually allocates funding to doctoral programmes for employing doctoral candidates in salaried positions. The positions are designated for full-time research work, with the aim that the doctoral degree will be completed in four years.

The online call will be open for applications during 3–17 September, 2019

The positions will be awarded for a fixed term of 1–4 years from 1.1.2020. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the doctoral thesis.  There are altogether 88 positions available, ten of which are funded by the University of Helsinki Research Foundation.
Start preparing early by checking out the instructions for applying and frequently asked questions. You can find the instructions also on the website of your doctoral programme.

Persistence or Change? Inequalities, Conflicts and Power in Local and Global Perspectives 6th Annual Conference for the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences & the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change

University of Helsinki 21-22 October 2019 Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40

Keynotes by

Professor Judith Pallot (Geography, University of Oxford/University of Helsinki):

Professor John Jost (Psychology and Politics, University of New York):

Professor Risto Alapuro (Sociology, University of Helsinki):

Additionally, there will be two panel discussions organized around the themes of inequality as well as post-doctoral career perspectives.

                                                             Call for papers

The 6th Annual Conference for PhD students explores the question of inequalities in local and global perspectives.

Inequalities have existed through world history and have shifted over time. Today, both global and local communities are being confronted with a world of growing challenges and crises caused by growing inequalities. In order to solve such crises, it is vital to understand their root causes and analyse possible future outcomes. How does inequalities develop, what are major causes and what are key effects on both a micro and macro level, as well as on local and global societies?

The University of Helsinki for the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences & Political, Societal and Regional Change invite academic scholars and doctoral researchers to the Doctoral Programmes’ 6th Annual Conference for a discussion of different aspects and challenges related to inequality. Topics to be addressed could include: cultural, economic, environmental, historical, political, social, and gender inequalities.

Possible research topics to be addressed could be, but are not limited in choice such as:

  • Theoretical perspectives for understanding how and why inequalities persist
  • Overlapping or intersecting inequalities
  • The role of political, social and economic factors behind inequality
  • Inequalities at local, national and global levels
  • Growing inequality or growing equality: exploring the debate

In addition to the theme of inequality, this year the conference also invites doctoral students to discuss their present research work more general in nature, such as their research plans in separate study groups.

Please send your abstracts (max. 300 words) by August 25th, 2019 by filling out the e-form

Accepted presenters will be notified by September 9th, 2019.

Please add four to five keywords to your abstract in order to facilitate the allocation of individual papers to different workshops.

The deadline for final papers is October 9th, 2019. The maximum length for papers is 1000 – 8000 words. The doctoral students who will give a presentation of their paper will be awarded with 2 study credits. You may also attend the conference without a paper and obtain 1 study credit.

All doctoral students from the Doctoral Programmes in Social Sciences and Political, Societal and Regional Change are welcome and strongly encouraged to participate.

Please also visit our conference blog!