Pirkkalainen Päivi, Tutkijatohtori/Post-Doctoral Researcher

Pirkkalainen Päivi, Tutkijatohtori/Post-Doctoral Researcher

I defended my PhD thesis titled “Transnational Responsibilities and Multi-sited Strategies. Voluntary Associations of Somali Diaspora in Finland” in 2013 and received a Doctorate in Sociology. During my PhD process I have gathered research experience – both as a researcher and work package coordinator – in University of Jyväskylä coordinated projects: “Diasporas for Peace: Patterns, Trends and Potential of Long-distance Diaspora Involvement in Conflict Settings. Case studies from the Horn of Africa”, financed by the European Commission 7thframework programme (2008-2010) and “Security, Governance and Identities in Flux. The Role of Diaspora in Development in the Horn of Africa”, financed by the Academy of Finland (2008-2011). Currently I work as post-doc researcher at the Master's Degree Programme in Civil Society holding teaching and coordination responsibilities. I am a project leader for the University of Jyväskylä’s part in a collaborative project titled “Connecting universities and communities in Central Finland”, funded by the European Social Fund.

My research interests include topics of  diaspora and transnationalism, migrant associations, political participation of migrant youth, migration-development nexus and global civil society.


- Courses in the Master's Degree Progamme in Civil Society, including the Concept of Civil Society, Civic Activism and Globalization: Perspectives from development, culture and civil society

- Master's seminar 1&2 in the Master's Degree Progamme in Civil Society.


Pirkkalainen, Päivi, Wass, Hanna and Weide, Marjukka (2016) Somalit osallistuvina kansalaisina/ Somalis as active citizens. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka

Pirkkalainen, Päivi (2015) Maahanmuuttajajärjestöt kolmannen sektorin muutoksessa: vertaistuesta ja vapaaehtoisuudesta viranomaisyhteistyöhön/ Migrant associations and change in the third sector in Finland: From peer support and voluntary work to cooperation with authorities. Kansalaisyhteiskunta/ Finnish Journal on Civil Society

Pirkkalainen, Päivi (2015) The role of the Finland-based Somali diaspora in civil society development of Somalia/ Somaliland. The Austrian Journal for Development Studies /Journal für Entwicklungspolitik. Special issue on knowledge on civil society 1/ 2015: 83-98.

Mezzetti, Petra, Saggiomo, Valeria and Pirkkalainen, Päivi (2014) Interaction between Somali organizations and Italian and Finnish development actors. In Laakso, Liisa & Hautaniemi, Petri (Eds.) ”Diasporas, Development and Peacemaking in the Horn of Africa”. London: ZED Books, 165-189.

Pirkkalainen, Päivi (2013) Transnational Responsibilities and Multi-sited Strategies. Voluntary Associations of Somali Diaspora in Finland. Jyväskylä Studies in Education, Psychology and Social Research 489. PhD thesis. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä.

Pirkkalainen, Päivi, Mezzetti, Petra and Guglielmo, Matteo (2013) Somali Associations’ Trajectories in Italy and in Finland: Leaders building trust and finding legitimisation. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39 (8): 1261-1279.

Abdile, Mahdi and Pirkkalainen, Päivi (2011) Homeland Perception and Recognition of the Diaspora Engagement: The case of the Somali Diaspora. Nordic Journal of African Studies 20(1): 48–70.