Affiiated Researchers

Juha Tuunainen

Juha Tuunainen is Professor of Management at the University of Oulu Business School, Finland. His research has covered a range of topics stretching, for instance, from organizational behaviour and science-society interaction to innovation processes and network collaboration. At present, he is involved in studying management and organizational renewal in university entrepreneurship hubs and entrepreneurial hospitals.

Petteri Pietikäinen

Petteri Pietikäinen is Professor of the History of Science and Ideas. In his research, he has examined the history of the human sciences (especially psychology and psychiatry) in the context of science-based social planning, or social engineering. His research interests include the science – society interaction, i.e. science as a social, political and cultural force, and society’s dependence on and utilisation of research findings and scientific expertise.

Vesa Puhakka

Dr. Vesa Puhakka is Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oulu Business School, Finland. His research focuses on the international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial opportunity creation processes, growth-generating mechanisms and strategy practices of new ventures. His latest research has been published, for example, in Industrial Marketing Management and International Journal of Management Reviews. The Academy of Management and the NFIB Education Foundation awarded his doctoral dissertation for outstanding research in the fields of entrepreneurship and independent business in 2003.

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen is Associate Professor (and Professor from August 1st, 2018) in Philosophy at the University of Oulu in Finland. He received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and has held academic positions in the Universities of Durham and Hull in the UK and Leiden in the Netherlands. He has written and published on philosophy of science, and specifically the historical philosophers of science and Thomas Kuhn, philosophy of the historiography of science and philosophy of history and historiography.

Kuukkanen has been awarded Fulbright and EURIAS fellowships. His book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography (Palgrave, 2015) was chosen as the best monograph in philosophy of historiography in 2016 by International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography.

He is also a cofounder and director of The Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, which is located at the University of Oulu. He is currently writing a book, which is preliminarily entitled Why History Matters. The Rational Grounding of Historiography.

Heini Hakosalo

Heini Hakosalo (Ph.D., Adjunct Professor) is Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Ideas. She specializes in the history of modern (19th and 20th century) medicine, and has studied, for instance, history of brain sciences (in the European context), history of medical education (in Finland and Sweden) and  history of tuberculosis and tuberculosis control measures in 20th-century Finland. She is the PI of Health in History Research Group and the coordinator of Finnish Network of History of Medicine and Health.

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen (Ph.D.) is Professor of information systems and Dean of University of Oulu Graduate School. His research has been published in a wide variety of information systems, human-computer interaction, health and medical informatics and other peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a co-author of the book “Humanizing the Web: Change and Social Innovation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has been listed among 100 most influential ICT experts in Finland and a key person to whom companies should talk to when developing their strategies for ICT services. His current main research interests include persuasive technology, social influence, human behaviour change, systems design, the next generation of the web, and emerging technologies and issues.

Henry Oinas-Kukkonen

Henry Oinas-Kukkonen (PhD) is a University Lecturer in History and has a title of docent (Privatdozent) in the History of International Relations and Information Networks at the University of Oulu, Finland. He has worked on the international history and international relations as well as impact of science and technology. His current research interests also include the history of information and communication technology, innovation and social web.

Anniina Rantakari

Anniina Rantakari (D.Sc.) is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oulu Business School, Finland. Her key areas of interest are the process and practice perspectives on strategy, narrative research, and the dynamics of power and resistance in organizational research in general and strategy research in particular. In her doctoral dissertation ‘Strategy as dispositive – essays on productive power and resistance’ she examined strategy-making from a Foucauldian perspective.

Johanna Ylipulli

Johanna Ylipulli is a cultural anthropologist and a postdoctoral researcher. She is specialized in interdisciplinary research which combines perspectives from anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, urban studies and design. Her research interests include the study of smart cities and emerging technologies. Recently she has been focusing on sociocultural questions connected to 3D virtual environments, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

Mikko Myllykangas

Mikko Myllykangas is a post-doctoral researcher in the History of Science and Ideas. In his research, Myllykangas has focused on the history of psychiatry, suicide, and medicalization. He has also studied the development of ICT-research in Oulu University. His research interests are science-society interaction, scientization of human behaviour, and technology-society interplay.

Sari Hirvonen-Kantola

Sari Hirvonen-Kantola (Ph.D) is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Coordinator at the Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu. She comes from the field of urban design and planning – a future oriented practice, where all the aspects of urban life and activities meet. Sari has specialized on the integrative urban development (work, processes, procedures, leadership, collaboration, practices and instruments), in the context of smart cities, urban regeneration, and innovation ecosystems. Sari collaborates with urban developers and enterprises, and represents the University of Oulu in the Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) board of the Northern City with Attractive Opportunities ecosystem. She also belongs to the Future Digital Business (Futuralis) research group at the Oulu Business School, Martti Ahtisaari Institute.

Anna Suorsa

Anna Suorsa (Ph.D.) is postdoctoral researcher in the field of Information Studies, focusing on Knowledge Management and organizational research. She examines knowledge use and creation in organizational environments, and is specialized in studying interaction and collaboration both in face-to-face situations and on digital platforms. Currently, she examines knowledge-creating interaction and co-creation in a research consortium BCDC Energy, where her interest is especially in the development of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research community. Furthermore, she focuses on how new funding instruments and the strive to interact with the decision makers and wider public influence the processes and practices of creating new knowledge in universities. In her research, Suorsa has specialized in examining the relationships between the conceptions of the nature of human beings and the selected research methods in human sciences. She is interested in developing methods and tools to study human action and interaction in different settings.




Last updated: 3.4.2019