Markku Kivinen


    Research areas

  • 514 Sociology - Social Theory, Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy, Transition Studies in Comparative Perspective, Social Inequality, Power and Democracy, Cultural Structures and Macro Processes

Description of research and teaching

Markku Kivinen is one of the leading social theorists in Russian studies. He has been the Director of the Aleksanteri Institute – the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies since 1996, and the Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies: Choices of Russian Modernisation since 2012.

Professor Kivinen is a broad generalist in Russian studies and has original contributions both in theory and in empirical research. He has 20 years of experience leading a multidisciplinary research community, promoting interdisciplinary and multi-positional approaches.

Markku Kivinen has acquired an exceptional experience in institution building. During his leadership the Aleksanteri Institute has become a dynamic research community and one of the largest research institutes in Russian studies in the world. He has led several ground-breaking projects and has profound experience in project management in many undertakings funded by e.g. the Academy of Finland, the European Union, and various Nordic funds.

During his years as professor at the University of Lapland, Kivinen founded the Department of Sociology and started a successful graduate school in this field in Northern Finland. Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Finnish graduate school in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), which has produced close to 50 PhD degrees up to 2015. He has long-term experience in academic teaching, as well as in supervision of dissertations.

Markku Kivinen is a well-known figure in the Finnish society. He is frequently interviewed both by the Finnish and international media and invited to give briefing for diverse decision makers in politics and the business world. Markku Kivinen is a prominent keynote speaker on international forums, not only in Finland and Russia but also in Europe, Japan, China and the U.S.


Curriculum Vitae

Latest publications

  1. The Russian Welfare State System: With Special Reference to Regional Inequality

    Kainu, M., Kulmala, M., Nikula, J. & Kivinen, M. 2017 The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems. Aspalter, C. (ed.). Routledge, p. 291-316 291 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Russian security policy - Research in Finland and development trends in Russia

    Heusala, A-L., Pyykönen, E. & Kivinen, M. J. 27 Oct 2016 Helsinki: Prime Minister's Office. 56 p. (Publications of the Government's analysis, assessment and research activities; vol. 48)

    Research output: ProfessionalCommissioned report

  3. Venäjän turvallisuuspolitiikka - tutkimus Suomessa ja kehitystrendit Venäjällä

    Heusala, A-L., Pyykönen, E. & Kivinen, M. J. 27 Oct 2016 Helsinki: Valtioneuvoston kanslia. 56 p. (Valtioneuvoston selvitys- ja tutkimustoiminnan julkaisusarja; vol. 39)

    Research output: ProfessionalCommissioned report

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Latest activities

  1. The National Defence University (External organisation)

    Kivinen, M. (Board member)

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

  2. Åse B. Grødeland

    Kivinen, M. (Host)
    15 Nov 201615 Jan 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic visit at UH

  3. Rustamjon Urinboyev

    Kivinen, M. (Host)
    1 Sep 201631 Oct 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic visit at UH

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Latest prizes

  1. City of Helsinki Research Prize 2014

    Markku Kivinen (Recipient), 10 Jun 2014

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Civic Inspirer of the Year 2011

    Markku Kivinen (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. The Development of National Security in Russia and Finland's choices

    Heusala, A., Kivinen, M. & Pyykönen, E.

    The Prime Minister´s Office


    Project: Research projectCommissioned research

  2. Nordic Summer Schools of Russian and Eastern European Studies

    Kivinen, M.


    Project: Research project

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