Sari Autio-Sarasmo


Description of research and teaching

I am a historian with a strong focus on economic modernisation in the Soviet Union and Russia, especially the economic history of the Cold War and the transfer of technology between East and West during the Cold War. Currently I’m focusing on economic modernisation, the innovative economy and digitalisation in Russia. As a director of the international MA programme in Russian Studies, I am in charge of the planning and realisation of the programme. I also teach on the Russian Studies programme and other study programmes at the University of Helsinki. Since 2018, I also hold a Visiting International Professor (VIP) grant at the Ruhr-University in the Bochum Research School PLUS Ph.D. training. In 2012-2017 I worked as a research coordinator of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”. I am a research member of the Finnish Historical Society (by invitation), a member of the advisory board of the Slavonic Library, a member of the scholarly editorial council of the journal Baltic Worlds and member of the advisory board of the journal Scandia. I am also member of the Finnish-Russian commission for scientific-technical cooperation, social sciences group (by invitation) and hold the title of Docent in General History at the University of Tampere.

Since April 2018 I've taken on the responsibilities ot vice-director at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Further information on the affiliationYliopistonlehtori, University Lecturer, Russian Studies -maisteriohjelman johtaja, Director of the Russian Studies MA program; Tutkimuskoordinaattori, Research Coordinator (The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies - Choices of Russian Modernisation) Dosentti, Adjunct Professor

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Review: Wedlin/Nedeva (ed.): Towards European Science, Dynamics and Policy of an Evolving European Research Space

    Autio-Sarasmo, S. K. Mar 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Comparativ. 2017, 4

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Simo Mikkonen and Pia Koivunen, eds, Beyond the Divide: Entangled Histories of Cold War Europe [Book review]

    Autio-Sarasmo, S. K. Jan 2017 In : European History Quarterly. 47, 1, p. 162-163 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Stagnation or Not?: The Brezhnev leadership and the East-West interaction

    Autio-Sarasmo, S. 2016 Reconsidering Stagnation in the Brezhnev era: Ideology and Exchange. Fainberg, D. & Kalinovsky, A. M. (eds.). Lexington Books

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Latest activities

  1. The Soviet Economic Modernisation. East-West interaction and transfer of technology

    Autio-Sarasmo, S. (Speaker)
    26 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    Miklóssy, K. (Speaker), Autio-Sarasmo, S. (Speaker), Ahonen, S. (Speaker)
    23 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Technology and the idea of modern Soviet/Russia after 2017

    Autio-Sarasmo, S. (Speaker)
    10 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Fil. toht., historia

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