Who is Heikki?


I am a 57-year-old social scientist and civic and political activist. I did my matriculation exam in Kuopio and studied economics, politics and philosophy in Turku, where I received my PhD for Critical Realism and World Politics in 1993 (having spent one year also at the University of Kent at Canterbury in preparing it).

Today I am a Professor of World Politics in Helsinki and a Docent at the Universities of Lapland and Turku. I have worked as a full professor also at the Nottingham Trent University, UK (1998-2003); at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia (2007-10); and as a visiting professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan (2012). In addition, I am a Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters (2018-) and Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge (2020-). I am also an associate member of the Steering Committee of EuroMemo SC for 2020-21 and a founding member of the new Helsinki Centre for Global Political Economy (Helsinki-GPE) that was established in April 2020.

Over the years, I have participated in many movements and organizations. In the late 1980s, I was involved for instance in the endorsement of the Green Party, but did not become a formal member and, over time, grew increasingly disillusioned about the Green Party line of economic policy.

In the early 1990s, I took part in founding Radical Democracy, which was subsequently – by the end of the decade – transformed into NIGD (Network Institute for Global Democratisation ), one of the founding organisations of the International Council of the World Social Forum, amongst other things. I was also involved in the inaugural meeting of International Attac in Paris in December 1998. I have served as the chair of Attac Finland in three occasions, including in 2016.

In Spring 2014, I was running for the European Parliament, getting 3628 votes (no:6 on the Left Alliance list, and no:60 on the national list). In Spring 2015, I stood as a candidate for the Finnish Parliament, with the result of 1608 votes from the Helsinki district.

Currently, while a member of the transeuropean movement-party DiEM25, I am actively advocating the idea of world political party.

For academic publications and CV, see the University of Helsinki TUHAT-page or this based on the same information.

For my old university page, please click here (this page is now out of date and not in use anymore, but contains some freely downloadable papers).