I define myself as a professional intellectual and a creative scholar, and further as an ethnographer of life. In more conventional academic terms I am a legal anthropologist specialized in the analysis of human rights, currently engaged by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies as a Core Fellow. I am also an affiliated Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Centre of the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

I have a background in both Social Anthropology (PhD 2008, University of Helsinki, Docentship/habilitation 2018, University of Jyväskylä), and in (critical) international law (LLM 2003 University of Helsinki, Docentship/habilitation 2016, University of Turku). In addition to conventional academic publications, I write actively to diverse unconventional &/ non-academic contexts, including, which I co-created and edited since 2013 (with Julie Billaud). I regularly hold scholarly talks and visiting lectures – having taught at the university level since 2003. In addition, I increasingly talk at more unconventional contexts including art-science events, most recently particularly of new publication modes and scholarly social media.

I am 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 I 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 I directed a project for a new online portal In 2016-2018 I represented the Finnish Anthropological Society at the board of the foundation for the Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum. I was a board member of the Finnish Anthropological Society in 2014-2018. In 2019 I 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.

I document my path as a scholar and join ongoing societal debates via my numerous (public) social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and in particular my instagram account @observari.


A collective of academics, an association and an online experiment founded in 2013.

Allegra Lab HKI

Tiedeviestintäyhdistys, jonka puheenjohtajana toimin


Populaari suomenkielinen antropologian nettijulkaisu, jonka perustamisessa olin mukana & jonka rahoittavaa Koneen säätiön projektia johdin vuosina 2017-2018.

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

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

My current place of employment


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