Miia Halme-Tuomisaari defines herself as a professional intellectual and a creative scholar, and further as an ethnographer of life. In more conventional academic terms she is a legal anthropologist specialized in the analysis of human rights, currently engaged by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies as a Core Fellow. She is also an affiliated Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Centre of the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari has a background in both Social Anthropology (PhD 2008, University of Helsinki, title of Docent in 2018, University of Jyväskylä & University of Helsinki in 2019), and in (critical) international law (LLM 2003 University of Helsinki, Title of Docent in 2016, University of Turku). Her recent publications include ‘Methodologically blonde at the UN in a tactical quest for inclusion’ (Social Anthropology 2018) and Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights (CUP 2015/PB 2018, co-ed with Pamela Slotte).

In addition to conventional academic publications, she writes actively for diverse unconventional &/ non-academic contexts, including, which she co-created and edited in 2013-2018 (with Julie Billaud). Miia Halme-Tuomisaari regularly holds scholarly talks and visiting lectures, having taught at the university level since 2003. In addition, she talks at more unconventional contexts including art-science events,  particularly of new publication modes and scholarly social media.

Miia is active in searching for new expressive modes for scholarly work, resulting among others in the creation of Allegra Lab Hki (with Taina Tuori & Reetta Toivanen). In 2015 she was involved in the launching of the Finnish-language, acting as the project director for funds allocated by Kone Foundation in 2017-2018. In 2016-2018 she directed a project for a new online portal In 2016-2018 she represented the Finnish Anthropological Society at the board of the foundation for the Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum. She was a board member of the Finnish Anthropological Society in 2014-2018. In 2019 Miia Halme-Tuomisaari was elected into the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologist (2019-2020) as well as invited to join the editorial board of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropological Review.

Miia documents her path as a scholar and joins ongoing societal debates via her numerous (public) social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and in particular her instagram account @observari.


A collective of academics, an association and an online experiment co-founded by Miia Halme-Tuomisaari in 2013 and edited until 2018 (with Julie Billaud).

Allegra Lab HKI

Art-Science Association founded in 2014 in Helsinki. Co-founder (with Taina Tuori & Reetta Toivanen) & Chair.


Popular Finnish-language anthropology publication. Editor-in-chief in 2016-2017 (with Timo Kallinen), director of Kone Foundation project in 2017-2018.

Allegra Lab HKI:n projekti, joka pyrkii edistämään populaarin tutkimuksen saavutettavuutta.

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Current place of employment


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