Kari Karppinen


    Research areas

  • 518 Media and communications - Media policy, Communication policy and regulation , Democracy, Freedom of Expression, Public Sphere

Description of research and teaching

My research interests include media and communication policy, media freedom and pluralism, theories of democracy and the public sphere, and questions about digital rights and internet governance. I have authored the book Rethinking Media Pluralism (Fordham University Press, 2013), and my work has also appeared in journals like the European Journal of Communication, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism Studies, The Information Society, Journal of Information Policy and First Monday. I have also worked as a visiting research fellow at the University of Sydney, Westminster University and Fordham Univerity.

I have taught courses on areas, such as media structures and policy, media institutions, democracy and the public sphere, as well as bachelor's and master's seminars.

Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, 2011, University of Helsinki

Research interests

Media policy, democracy and the public sphere, media freedom and pluralism, digital rights


Curriculum Vitae

puh. 050 3001356

Latest publications

  1. Freedom Without Idealization: Non-Ideal Approaches to Freedom of Communication

    Karppinen, K. E., 2019, In : Communication Theory. 29, 1, p. 66-85 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Operationalizing Communication Rights:the case of a "digital welfare state"

    Alen-Savikko, A. K., Karppinen, K. E., Lehtisaari, K. M., Jääsaari, J., Hilden, J. P., Nieminen, H. V., Ala-Fossi, M. & Aslama, M., 2019, In : Internet Policy Review. 8, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Journalism, Pluralism, and Diversity

    Karppinen, K. E., May 2018, Journalism. Vos, T. P. (ed.). De Gruyter, p. 493-510 18 p. (Handbooks of Communication Science; no. 19).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Reclaiming freedom of communication – for whom and from what?

    Kari Karppinen (Speaker)
    6 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. University of Antwerp

    Kari Karppinen (Visiting researcher)
    4 Dec 20188 Dec 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

  3. Ideals and policy: What kinds of normative theories are needed in media policy?

    Kari Karppinen (Speaker)
    2 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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Latest prizes

  1. Gazette Young Scholar Award, 2nd prize

    Kari Karppinen (Recipient), 26 Nov 2006

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Media Pluralism and Online News (Australian Research Council)

    Karppinen, K.


    Project: Research project_Research

  2. The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Role if Democracy

    Karppinen, K.


    Project: Research project

  3. Fact Checking Hungary's Media Law

    Karppinen, K.


    Project: Research project

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