Professor Sari Pietikäinen

Sari Pietikäinen is a Professor of Discourse Studies at the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is a vice-head of the department (responsible for research, 2013-2017) and a member of the executive board of the Research Collegium for Language in Changing Society (ReCLaS, Academy of Finland 2016-2020).

Her research focuses on discourse, identity and social inequalities, multilingualism in transforming peripheries, and language in expanding Arctic economies of tourism, nature resource extraction, and sports.  She is also interested in developing research methodologies including rhizomatics, critical discourse studies, critical sociolinguistics, and ethnography. She has also been involved in developing various knowledge exchange practices by leading the Jyväskylä Discourse Hub (http://www.discoursehub.fi). Her recent publications include Critical Sociolinguistic Research Methods: Studying Language Issues that Matter (with Monica Heller and Joan Pujolar, 2018, Routledge), Sociolinguistics from the periphery. Small languages in new circumstances (with Helen Kelly-Holmes, Alexandre Jaffe and Nikolas Coupland, 2016, Cambridge), Multilingualism and the Periphery (edited volume with Helen Kelly-Holmes, 2013, Oxford) She is currently the Principal Investigator of an Academy of Finland (SA) research project called Cold Rush: Dynamics of language and identity in expanding Arctic economies (2016-2020) #coldrushproject