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Joni Virkkunen

Research Manager

Karelian Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies | +358 50 442 4469

I work as Research Manager at the Karelian Institute. As the Director of the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies, I am also executive board member of the UEF’s top-level research area Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters (BOMOCULT) and of the cross-faculty Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters. My research relates to borders, border governance, cross-border cooperation, EU-Russian relations and transnational migration in Russian and post-Soviet contexts. I have been recently studying, for example, at the Northern Dimension policy and the regional impacts of EU-Russia relations, and 2015-2016 Arctic migration route through/from Russia to Finland. The latter I have been studying through Finnish and Russian migration and border policies, publicity and public debates of the migration / migration route, migrants’ everyday insecurities, and informal practices such as corruption and criminality.


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