Research Projects

All modern societies are characterized by a varying degree of diversity in terms of their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious composition. International migration increasingly adds to this diversity all over the world, and the topic is intensively discussed in almost every newspaper in Europe today. The challenges related to intercultural encounters and immigration call for theory-based tools for successfully addressing them. Our research programme aims to contribute to this task and to provide social-psychological knowledge concerning, for example, the inclusiveness of the intergroup context, the dynamics of intergroup relations from the majority and minority point of view, as well as inter-minority relations. For a list of recent publications from ESSO group members, see the University of Helsinki Research Portal.

More information on our research projects can be found here:

2022-2025 “Democratic epistemic capacities in the age of algorithms”  (DECA) (funded by Strategic Research Council within the Academy of Finland); WP 2 “Collective ownership of knowledge and epistemic capabilities” (NO 352599)

2020-2024 Development of the neurobiologically and social scientifically informed approach to prejudice and its reduction (PREVENT)

2017-2020: Reciprocal glocal neighbourhoods – Russian neighbors in Finland, Estonia and Norway (SOPU)

2015-2018: Assessing and developing a school-based vicarious contact intervention (Wise choices)

2013-2017: Searching for Inclusive National Identity (SINI)

2012-2014: Determinants of an inclusive intergroup context (MIRIPS-FI)

2012-2014: The Long-Term Adaptation of Diaspora Migrants (LADA)

2008-2011: Intervening at the pre-migration stage: Providing tools for promoting integration and adaptation (INPRES)

2009-2013: The More Multicultural School (MONNI)

2007-2009: Factors Ensuring Integration among International Highly Skilled Professionals in Finland (InterProf)