Tuukka Lehtiniemi (PhD, economic sociology)

Postdoctoral researcher
Helsinki Connect Lab
Centre for Consumer Society Research
University of Helsinki

Visiting researcher
Digital Content Communities group
Department of Computer Science
Aalto University

Research interests

I am interested in existing and imagined ways that humans participate in the digital economy. My current research mainly focuses on the data economy and automated decision-making systems. My work has ties to data studies, economic sociology and also STS. My research approach might be called critical but constructive: I aspire to do work that is interesting and relevant in the scholarly sense, but also feeds back to the practitioners in the empirical fields I study. In recent years my work has had a qualitative approach, but I also have years of practical experience with quantitative tools and approaches.


automated decision-making (ADM), data economy, data studies, digital economy, social and socio-technical imaginaries


Since 2020, I hold a PhD in economic sociology (University of Turku, PhD thesis Imagining the Data Economy ). I have Master’s degrees in economics (University of Helsinki) and electrical and communications engineering (Helsinki University of Technology, a predecessor of Aalto University).

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki. During my PhD studies, I worked at¬†Aalto University’s Department of Computer Science and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.

In 2018, I was a Fellow and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, Germany.

Before re-joining the Academia in 2014, I was an economist in telecoms regulation, a research funding expert at the Academy of Finland, and a research engineer at Nokia Research Center.

I enjoy climbing walls, rock and mountains.