Research Team

The team is led by Mervi Pantti (Dr. Soc. Sc., Docent), Professor at the Media and Communications Studies, University of Helsinki. She has a long record of conducting research on the role the media and journalism play in the public life, particularly on the moral role of media and the role of digital media platforms for political contention and civic engagement.

Matti Pohjonen (Ph.D) has a background in media anthropology and comparative digital media studies. His work has focused on comparative dimensions of digital politics relating to online politics, social media and hate speech.  He has expertise in studies of social media and comparative research and combining qualitative and computational methods.

Salla-Maaria Laaksonen (D.Soc.Sc.) is a communication and technology researcher who also works in the areas of organizational studies, critical data studies, and computational social sciences. She has specialized expertise in organization studies and combining qualitative and computational methods.

Kari Karppinen (D.Soc.Sc.) is a University Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on media policy, theories of democracy and the public sphere, and questions around freedom of communication, media pluralism and digital human rights. Specialized expertise in media policy studies and policy document analysis.

Markus Ojala (D.Soc.Sc.) is a political communication researcher with a specific interest in the implications of new communication technologies on the public sphere. He has recently studied the uses of social media by citizens to put pressure on Finnish immigration officials and journalists reporting on asylum issues. He has specialized expertise in political communication and qualitative methods.

Outi Puukko (M.Soc.Sci) is a doctoral student in media and communication studies at the University of Helsinki. She is working on her dissertation “Civil society actors and the digital human rights discourse” under Karppinen’s supervision.

Irina Grigor (D.Soc.Sc.) completed her PhD in Media and Communication Studies (University of Helsinki) in 2020. Her doctoral research focused on the visuals employed in the Russian television news to mediate the international conflicts and advance the state’s interpretation of the events for domestic and global audiences. Her research interests center around strategic narratives and, more broadly, the role played by news media in shaping public opinion and political behaviour.