Henrietta Grönlund


    Research areas

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

Curriculum Vitae

Henrietta 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.

Grönlund holds the title of Docent in Church and social studies at University of Helsinki, and 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.

Grönlund has previously held the positions of Postdoctoral Researcher and University Researcher at the University of Helsinki during 2012-2015. She is an active member in several international academic societies such as International Society for Third Sector Research and European Research Network on Philanthropy. She has recently (2016) worked as Visiting Researcher at Boston University, Sociology Department.

Grönlund has conducted empirical research on social problems, volunteering, philanthropy, diaconal work, welfare models, care, and the working communities of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland. She has specialized in 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. 

Grönlund's current research interests include the legacy of Lutheranism in Finns' moral frameworks of care, new forms of civic engagement, and Finns views and experiences of sacred and compassion. Grönlund is a research team member in projects 'Cooperation in care - meaning systems, chances and conflicts' (funded by Academy of Finland) and 'CoPassion - the revolutionary power of compassion (funded by Tekes). 

In addition to her academic career, 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 the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland and in various nonprofit organizations, 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. Onko hyvinvointivaltio uskonto? Amerikkalaisen taloustieteilijän yllättävä teos luterilaisuuden kestävästä vaikutuksesta Suomeen: Kirja-arvostelu

    Grönlund, H. Oct 2017 In : Kytkin: Kirkon diakonia ja yhteiskuntatyön tiedotuslehti. 2/2017

    Research output: ProfessionalArticle

  2. Foreword

    Grönlund, H. Jun 2017 Lutheranism and the Nordic Spirit of Social Democracy: A Different Protestant Ethic. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, p. 6-9 4 p.

    Research output: ScientificChapter

  3. Research on Giving in Finland

    Grönlund, H. May 2017 Giving in Europe: The state of research on giving in 20 European countries. Hoolwerf, B. & Schuyt, T. (eds.). Amsterdam: Lenthe

    Research output: ScientificChapter

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Latest activities

  1. Muuttuva ja muuttumaton kansalaistoiminta

    Grönlund, H. (Keynote speaker)
    9 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Comment on Rob van Waarde's presentation 'The theology of the CABLE/Exposure approach'

    Grönlund, H. (Speaker)
    20 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. CODE-Forum

    Grönlund, H. (Attendee)
    19 Oct 201720 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest projects

  1. Kaupunkilainen köyhyys tänään

    Grönlund, H., Seppälä, T. & Falk, H.


    Project: Research project

  2. Europe Engage

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


    Project: Research project

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

    Pessi, A., 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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