Teaching and research on intergroup relations

I work as a university lecturer in social psychology at the Open University of Helsinki University.  I teach bachelor-level courses in social psychology and supervise PhD theses in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. (Currently I am on parental leave.)

Research-wise I am affiliated to our research group based at the Department of Social Research. My research interests include immigrant integration and ethnic and religious intergroup relations. Currently, my research is related to the project Reciprocal glocal neighborhoods – Russian neighbors in Finland, Estonia and Norway, led by Prof. Inga-Jasinskaja-Lahti and funded by Kone Foundation. In my previous research project LADA – The Long-Term Adaptation of Diaspora Migrants (funded by the Academy of Finland) I focused on the most pertinent pre- and post-migration factors involved in the long-term adaptation of immigrants from Russia to Finland. Based on the research results obtained, the project produced policy recommendations for recruiting immigrants, and for ensuring their integration from the very beginning of the migration process. The aim was to help the authorities in identifying groups with different needs and motivations among potential migrants, and providing support which ensures their successful integration.

I am also collaborating with many Finnish and international research projects: more information on these can be found from the blog of our research group, led by professors Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti and Karmela Liebkind.

My PhD thesis (2011) in Social Psychology examined the ethnic attitudes and intergroup relations among youth and can be downloaded from the electronic publications of Helsinki University. Further information about my recent publications and other research activities can be found here.

Selected publications:

Cross-cultural studies on social inequalities

Renvik, T.A., Manner, J., Vetik, R., Sam, D. L., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (in press). Citizenship and Socio-Political Integration:  A Person-Oriented Analysis among Russian-Speaking Minorities in Estonia, Finland and Norway. Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Renvik, T.A., Van der Noll, J., Eskelinen, V., Rohmann, A., & Verkuyten, M. (in press). Dual Citizenship and Perceived Loyalty of Immigrants. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Celikkol, G., Renvik, T.A., Eskelinen, V., Vetik, R., & Sam, D.L. (2018). When psychological contract is violated: Revisiting the Rejection-Disidentification Model of immigrant integration. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 6(2), 484-510.

Renvik, T. A., Brylka, A., Konttinen, H., Vetik, R., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2018). Perceived Status and National Belonging: The Case of Russian Speakers in Finland and Estonia. International Review of Social Psychology, 31(1), 1-10.

Smeekes, A., Jetten, J., Verkuyten, M., … Renvik, T.A., Megevand, L., Morton, T., Paladino, P., Polya, T., Ruza, A., Shahrazad, W., Sharma, S., Teymoori, A., Torres, A.R., & van der Bles, A.M. (2018). Regaining in-group continuity in times of anxiety about the group’s future: A study on the role of collective nostalgia across 27 countries. To appear in Social Psychology.

Smith, H. J., Ryan, D. A., Jaurique, A., … Renvik, T.A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Megevand, L., Morton, T., Paladino, P., Polya, T., Ruza, A., Shahrazad, W., Sharma, S., Teymoori, A., Torres, A.R., van der Bles, A.M., & Wohl, M. (2018). Cultural Values Moderate the Impact of Relative Deprivation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(8), 1183-1218.

Durante, F., Fiske, S.T., Gelfand, M.J., … Mähönen, T.A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., & Teymoori, A. (2017). Ambivalent Stereotypes link to peace, conflict, and inequality across 38 nations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1611874114.

Immigrant integration 

Nortio, E., Renvik, T.A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (in press). “As a native person, why should I adapt?” A multimethod approach to majority Finns’ attitudes towards multiculturalism. Nordic Journal of Migration Research.

Varjonen, S., Nortio, E., Mähönen, T. A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2018). Negotiations of immigrants’ cultural citizenship in discussions among majority members and immigrants in Finland. Qualitative Psychology, 5(1), 85-98.

Brylka, A., Mähönen, T. A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2016). The Majority Influence on Interminority Attitudes: The Secondary Transfer Effect of Positive and Negative Contact. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.12.007.

Mähönen, T. A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2016). “Meet me halfway”: Socio-cultural adaptation and perceived contact willingness of host nationals as predictors of immigrants’ threat perceptions. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 26, 125–135.

Lönnqvist, J., Leikas, S., Mähönen, T. A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2015). The mixed blessings of migration: Life satisfaction and self-esteem over the course of migration. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 496-514.

Mähönen, T. A., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2015). The ironic effect of national identification on support for collective action. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 567–574.

Mähönen, T. A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., & Ketokivi, M. (2014). Mapping the individual-level dynamics of perceived discrimination and attitudes toward multiculturalism and cultural maintenance: A pre-post study of migration. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 39, 124-135.

Promoting positive intergroup relations in schools

Mäkinen, V., Liebkind, K., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., & Renvik, T.A. (in press). A teacher-led vicarious contact intervention in culturally mixed classrooms with in- and outgroup role models of intergroup friendship. Journal of School Psychology.

Liebkind, K., Mäkinen, V., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Renvik, T.A., & Solheim, E. (2018). Improving Outgroup Attitudes in Schools: First Steps Toward a Teacher-Led Vicarious Contact Intervention. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 60(1), 77-86.

Liebkind, K., Mähönen, T. A., Solares, E., Solheim, E., & Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. (2014). Prejudice-reduction in culturally mixed classrooms: The development and assessment of a theory-driven prejudice-reduction intervention among majority and minority youth in Finland. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 24, 325-339, DOI: 10.1002/casp.2168.





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