Funding granted to 48 research projects in the field of culture and society

3 Jun 2016

The Academy of Finland has granted Academy Project funding to 48 research projects in the field of culture and society. The projects, funded by the Academy’s Research Council for Culture and Society, include eight consortia, which involve research collaboration between multiple organisations. The projects mainly include researchers with a doctoral degree. The Research Council received a total of 415 applications for Academy Project funding in the September 2015 call. The success rate was 11.6 per cent. The total funding granted by the Research Council within the Academy Project funding scheme amounts to nearly 24.5 million euros.

Academy Project funding is designed to further boost the international quality of Finnish research and to strengthen its creativity, capacity and impact. The funding provides researchers with an opportunity to carry out scientifically ambitious research and take new initiatives. The projects will begin work in September with funding provided for mainly four years.

Examples of funded projects:

Kaarina Nikunen (University of Tampere) was granted funding for a consortium project at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University that explores how racism is constituted, defined, circulated and challenged in today’s transnational media circuits and practices. The goal of the project is to understand the new forms of public understanding, engagement and affective experiences concerning racism in the hybrid media environment. In particular, Nikunen’s project will contribute to the understanding of everyday racism and anti-racism, and the ways in which they are inescapably embedded in media practices in contemporary media-saturated societies. The cross-disciplinary project applies cutting-edge methodology with an innovative combination of computational and social sciences. The project’s exceptionally large dataset will be collected from Finnish media platforms and major social media networks.

Julian Reid (University of Lapland) studies the shift and redistribution of power in discussions on indigenous peoples and their rights. Reid argues that the promise of a change for the better has engendered a new form of power that operates specifically through hope. Reid’s research project will draw on critical research in the fields of biopolitics, indigeneity and law. It will produce both new empirical knowledge on the ways in which indigeneity is governed globally and new conceptual openings for studying the operation of power. Questions of rights, hope and indigeneity will be studied in three contexts: Australia, Finland and Greenland. These three countries represent different parts of the world and different stages of progress in indigenous issues.

Päivi Eriksson (University of Eastern Finland) was granted funding for a multidisciplinary consortium project at the University of Turku and the University of Eastern Finland investigating academic entrepreneurship within the ongoing university transformation. The project will focus on the change, diversity and sustainability of entrepreneurial activities and practices at universities. The project is divided into four substudies. In these, Eriksson and her team will compare strategies, forms and experiences of academic entrepreneurship and investigate its emergence in commercialisation projects and entrepreneurship education.

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