About me


I am senior lecturer in comparative literature at the University of Tampere, Finland. Until summer 2020 I am on research leave and working as collegium researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies.

More on my current research project at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (2018-2020), “Imagining City Futures across Genres – Antwerp, Helsinki, New York 1990-2020″ here.

My articles have been published, among others, in Poetics Today (forthcoming); Style (forthcoming); Green Letters; Planning Perspectives; Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction; Textual Practice; Scandinavian Studies; Journal of Urban Cultural Studies; Geografiska Annaler B; Social & Cultural Geography; Spiegel der Letteren; Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu; Terra; Avain; Alue & ympäristö.

I am the author of Helsinki in Early Twentieth-Century Literature (2014), still the only study of Helsinki in Finnish-written literature to date. The book is based on my doctoral dissertation Moved by the City, which is available online here. Other books include the co-edited volumes Language,Space and Power: Urban Entanglements (2012), Literature and the Peripheral City (2015), Literary Second Cities (2017), The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History (2019), and Literature of Urban Possibility (2020, forthcoming).

I received my PhD from the University of Helsinki, Finland and JLU Giessen, Germany in the fields of Finnish literature and comparative literature.

I’m Docent in urban studies and planning methods at the Tampere University of Technology, and Docent in Finnish literature at the University of Helsinki.

Co-editor of the Palgrave Literary Urban Studies Series. Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.

Critic, teacher, translator.


In an earlier research project, I examined the use and structure of narrative in urban planning. I’m specifically examining the areas of Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari in Helsinki. More on this project here.

Co-founder and vice president of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (formerly HLCN).

Follow me on twitter:@lievenameel

Email me: lieven.ameel [a] utu.fi

For an updated list of publications, see https://blogs.helsinki.fi/urbannarratives/publications/

For more about media reports, reviews, and interviews, see my media page.

Previous positions:

Spring 2019: visiting professor, department of literature, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Autumn 2017: researcher, University of Helsinki / Aalto University (visiting researcher)

2015-2017 university lecturer, comparative literature, University of Tampere

2013-2015; post-doctoral researcher, the University of Helsinki.

2008-2013: doctoral candidate, University of Helsinki

Picture by Sasa Tkalcan

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