Henrietta Grönlund


    Research areas

  • 614 Theology - Urban theology, Sociology of religion, Church and social studies, Philanthropic studies

Curriculum Vitae

Henrietta Grönlund is a sociologist of religion, who has specialized in questions of civic engagement, civil society organizations, and welfare, and especially the role of meaning systems and values in relation to these themes. For example, her internationally awarded dissertation (2012) focused on values and identity work in young adults' volunteering. 

Dr. Grönlund has conducted empirical research on these themes in several national and international reseach projects. Her current research interests include the legacy of Lutheranism in Finns' moral frameworks of care, new forms of civic engagement, and the roles of religion and civil society orgainzations in urban cohesion and welfare. 

Dr. Grönlund holds the position of University Lecturer of Urban Theology at the University of Helsinki. In this position she directs a new project, which aims in understanding religion in urban contexts through community based and inter-disciplinary approaches to learning and research.

She is Project leader of the research project 'Urban poverty today (2017-2019, funded by Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation), and of the Finnish sub project of an international EU Erasmus+ project 'Europe Engage (2015-2017), which develops service learning in 12 European universities.

Dr. Grönlund also holds the title of Docent in Church and social studies at University of Helsinki. She has previously held the positions of Postdoctoral Researcher and University Researcher at the University of Helsinki during 2012-2015. She has also worked as Visiting Researcher at Boston University, Sociology Department. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Grönlund has from 2007 until 2016 worked in the Finnish non-profit sector as Director of Civic Engagement, Director of Research and Development, and Education Officer. In these positions she has developed and directed a range of projects, working methods, and trainings related to volunteering, peer support, and research.

She has held several positions of trust and expert memberships in various nonprofit organizations and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland, and she is a popular lecturer and expert in these networks as well as media, especially in relation to her expertise on volunteering, philanthropy and urban theology.

Latest publications

  1. Egalitarian cultural values motivate a strong welfare state and high levels of volunteerism in Finland

    Grönlund, H., 6 Feb 2019, In : Good News from Finland.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

  2. Sote-uudistus ja suomalainen arvopohja törmäyskurssilla

    Grönlund, H. & Portman, J. A. M., Feb 2019, In : Teologia.fi. 1/2019

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

  3. Accepted/In press

    Does it Make a Difference? The Effects of Volunteering from the Viewpoint of Recipients: A Literature Review

    Grönlund, H. & Falk, H., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Diaconia. The Journal for the Study of Christian Social Practice .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Kansalaistoiminta ja hyvän tekeminen

    Henrietta Grönlund (Speaker)
    6 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Kaupunkiteologia - mitä se on?

    Henrietta Grönlund (Speaker)
    6 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Tulevaisuuden vapaaehtoistoiminta

    Henrietta Grönlund (Speaker)
    29 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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Latest prizes

  1. European Commission Erasmus+ Programme Success Story Award for the project Europe Engage

    Henrietta Grönlund (Recipient), Aura Nortomaa (Recipient), Jenni Spännäri (Recipient), Anne Birgitta Pessi (Recipient) & Anne Hopia (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Helsinki Challenge 2017 semifinalist

    Henrietta Grönlund (Recipient), 18 Jan 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  3. Docent of the year / Vuoden dosentti

    Henrietta Grönlund (Recipient), 28 Mar 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Kaupunkilainen köyhyys tänään

    Grönlund, H. & Seppälä, T.


    Project: Research project

  2. Europe Engage

    Grönlund, H., Nortomaa, A., Spännäri, J. & Pessi, A. B.


    Project: Research project

  3. CoPassion: The Revolutionary Power of Compassion (CoPassion)

    Pessi, A. B., Martela, F., Spännäri, J., Grönlund, H., Hakanen, J., Juntunen, E., Uusitalo-Malmivaara, L., Vuorinen, K., Paakkanen, M. & Seppänen, A. M.

    Filosofian akatemia Oy, Conbalance Oy, Suomen kansallisgalleria (ent. Valtion taidemuseo), MTV Oy, Devoi Oy, Espoon kaupunki, LähiTapiola Keskinäinen vakuutusyhtiö, Abbedissa Network Oy, Onesto Services Oy, Human Advice Oy, Tekes


    Project: Research project

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Docent of Church and Social Studies

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