Category Archives: Research

Five facts about populism

The idea of building a border wall offers a simple solution to the complex problem of immigration. Such populist ideas and the contested nature of contemporary media are contributing to…

Knowledge is useless without motivation

Changing one’s health habits may be difficult for various reasons. People need concrete support, not to be preached at. Most Finns are familiar with the basics of healthy habits: they…

Unaccompanied minors arriving in Finland need a lot of support

In 2015, over 3,000 refugee children arrived in Finland without their parents.   By the end of November 2016, a further 385 had arrived. Some of them were accompanied by…

Finnish basic income experiment piques the interest of South Koreans

In January, doctoral student Hyeon Su Seo from the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere wrote an essay on the universal basic income experiment in Finland and published…

Calling attention to expertise

Letting others know about one’s own expertise is now an integral part of a researcher’s professional qualifications.   Three years ago, Nina V. Nygren, a university lecturer in environmental policy…

Not just another fad diet

According to Professor Katri Kaukinen, people should not avoid grains if they do not experience any symptoms: a gluten-free diet is not a shortcut to weight loss. Nevertheless, grains do…

Eating cabbage is not the solution to poverty

The number of people living on low incomes in Finland is increasing, but even so, the well-off have a hard time understanding the comprehensive effects of poverty. Professor Juho Saari…

What should we make of this world?

Philosophical ideals include truth, wisdom and the good society. But how are these values being realised in Finland right now? We asked Panu Raatikainen, an adjunct professor of theoretical philosophy…

Fear and loathing in political rhetoric

An American election researcher sees worrying signs of a changing political discourse in Trump’s success. What if the words will become deeds? The presidential election in the United States is…

Cell transplants offer new hope to patients with spinal cord injuries

The right kind of transplant could restore some functions of the body and make everyday life easier. Brain tissue is one of the most complicated in the human body, which…