Research Council for Culture and Society selected new Academy Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers

7 May 2013

The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society has decided to fund 20 new Academy Research Fellows and 38 new Postdoctoral Researchers. Within the September 2012 call, the Council allocated just under EUR 18 million towards the salaries of research posts as Academy Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher.

Postdoctoral Researcher funding is designed to advance the professional competence and independence of the most promising researchers who have recently gained their doctorate. The funding is granted for three years.

The aim of the funding for Academy Research Fellows is to provide an opportunity for the most talented and advanced researchers to develop their skills in academic leadership and establish themselves as independent researchers. The funding is granted for a maximum of five years. The Research Council has aimed at balancing the funding allocated to researchers in different career stages by increasing the amount of funding granted to Academy Research Fellows.

Examples of new Academy Research Fellows:

Markus Jokela (University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences) is researching the geographic dynamics and structure of psychological characteristics of individuals, including personality and subjective wellbeing across time and place in five different countries. The main premise is that the patterns of selective migration, the influences of local neighbourhoods, and the interplay between individuals and their neighbourhoods involve many psychological dimensions that have not been taken into account in previous research.

Sakari Taipale (University of Jyväskylä) is exploring intergenerational relations in broadband societies where rapid information and communications technologies have become an integral part of people’s everyday life. Taipale will focus on analysing intergenerational relations in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the UK and Finland. In terms of theory, the project aims to develop a theoretical idea of digital continuum. Another aim is to investigate which generations or parts of them facilitate others’ participation in broadband societies.

Examples of new Postdoctoral Researchers:

Elina Kilpi-Jakonen (University of Jyväskylä, Institute of Educational Research) will focus on the educational and early labour market trajectories of children of immigrants and compare them to their majority peers. She will investigate the effect of family resources on transitions and the cumulative effect of educational performance and choices on later educational attainment and labour market opportunities.

Johanna Ilmakunnas (University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies) will be investigating the elite history with a perspective on work and service, and masculinity and femininity. In her project “Diligent Aristocracy. Nobility, Service and Work in Sweden, from the Great Northern War to the Napoleonic Wars”, Ilmakunnas is researching the work and service undertaken by nobility both on everyday level and on ideological level. The project will provide a novel analysis of life and ideology of the elite in Europe in the 18th century, focusing particularly on the Swedish aristocracy from the end of the Great Northern War to the end of the Napoleonic Wars (c. 1720–1820).

More information:

  • Academy Research Fellows: Science Adviser Jyrki Hakapää, tel. +35829 533 5017, Senior Science Adviser Päivi Messo-Linden, tel. +358 29 533 5074, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Postdoctoral Researchers: Science Advisers Tiina Forsman, tel. +358 29 533 5013, Krister Talvinen, tel. +358 29 533 5113, and Helena Vänskä, tel. +358 29 533 5036, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Academy Research Fellows
  • Postdoctoral Researchers

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tel. +358 29 533 5131


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