Ari Heinonen, Professor of Journalism (acting)
Ari Heinonen, Ph.D., is professor of journalism (acting) at Tampere University, and Docent of Journalism both at Tampere University and University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include journalism and new media, changing journalistic profession and journalism ethics. He has directed and participated in several national and international research projects on the changing nature of journalism in the Age of the Net.

Heikki Luostarinen, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication
In his recent book, Kiinan median suuri harppaus (Chinese Media’s Great Leap Forward), Professor Heikki Luostarinen reports the results of his study on the goals that motivate Chinese investments in international media. After the 2008 Olympics, China invested 45 billion yuan – about six billion US dollars – in the development of its media companies’ international activities. The investments were provoked by the negative coverage that spread internationally about China when it was preparing for the Olympics. Such news included unrest in Tibet and the tainted baby formula scandal. China’s media campaign was described variously as the “Cultural Industries Promotion Plan”, the “Go Out Policy Plan of the Chinese Media” and the “Great External Propaganda Plan” whose aim is “developing Chinese media in order for them to become international disseminators”. Luostarinen examines the goals, means and results of this campaign in the context of China’s foreign policy, economic development and nation brand work.

Svetlana Pasti, Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication
Svetlana Pasti is Researcher, Adjunct Professor at Tampere University. She has worked in various projects of the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Ministry of Education, and the European Union related to media and journalism in Russia and Central Europe. In 2012-2016, Dr. Pasti lead one major part of a research project on media systems in the BRICS countries, a qualitative study of journalists using in-depth interviews with them. In 2018-2019, she is a visiting scholar at Fudan University, Shanghai, and St Petersburg State University. Her main research interest is in journalism studies. She is author of two monographs: A Russian Journalist in Context of Change: Media of St Petersburg (2004), The Changing Profession of a Journalist in Russia (2007) and over 30 peer-reviewed chapters and articles in platforms including The Global Journalist in the 21st Century, European Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication and Nordicom Review. She is the author and co-editor The BRICS journalist: Profession and practice in the age of digital media (Special issue of African Journalism Studies, Routledge, 2015), and Contemporary BRICS Journalism (Routledge, 2018).

Mika Perkiömäki, PhD Candidate (Russian Language and Culture)
Mika Perkiömäki’s, MA, dissertation project focuses on meanings of the river in 1970–1990s Russian natural-philosophical prose from an ecocritical perspective. The research material consists of autobiographical works of so-called village prose authors from the Siberian countryside. The primary focus of the research is on how the research material represents humankind’s relationship with the river, and what meanings are conveyed from this relationship. Perkiömäki’s dissertation will show how Russian literature handled questions related to environmental justice, material ecocriticism, and the Anthropocene through the image of the river already before these concepts had been invented. Apart from environmental criticism, his research interests include Russian environmental history and the North in Russian culture.

Arja Rosenholm, Professor of Russian Language and Culture
Arja Rosenholm, Ph.D. is Professor of Russian Language and Culture at Tampere University, Finland. She has published extensively on 19th and 20th century Russian literature and culture, especially on gender and ecocritical studies. She is the author and co-editor of Understanding Russian Nature (2005), Russian Mass Media and Changing Values (2010), Topographies and Popular Culture (2015), Meanings and Values of Water in Russian Culture (2016), and Water in Social Imagination. From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism (2017). Her previous research project Water as Social and Cultural Space (AQUA) was funded by the Academy of Finland (2012-2016). Her contemporary research project The Changing Environment of the North: Cultural Representations and Uses of Water (CEN) is funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2021).

Iiris Ruoho, Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication
Adjunct Professor, Senior Lecturer Iiris Ruoho is working in the field of journalism and media studies at Tampere University. She is well known for her feminist media and television drama studies in Finland. Nowadays her study interest is in mediated journalistic leadership, gender and digitalization of media and society in Finland, China and Russia. She has been a visiting scholar in the universities of Texas at Austin (1995, 1997), Oregon at Eugene (2006) and Fudan University at Shanghai (2011). During her academic career, she has had several positions of trust, for example the current board membership of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. Her list of publications includes over 100 scientific and other research based publications and papers. Her latest (2014-) project is about Twitter politics – democracy, representation and equality in the new online public spheres of politics. She has been a key organizer of the Sino-Nordic conference on women and leadership Potentiality, Ability and Authority May 23-25, 2016 (Tampere, Finland) and a vice chair the Sino-Nordic conference Digital Culture and Society October 22-21, 2017 (Shanghai, China).

Dmitry Yagodin, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Media Studies
Dmitry Yagodin is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki. He is interested in comparative media studies, environmental communication and digital cultures. Much of his work focuses on examples from the post-Soviet space. He is currently studying the use of social media in national and international communication. He contributed to Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science as the author of “Climate Change Communication in Russia” (2017). He also recently co-edited two books based on large-scale multinational comparisons: Media and Global Climate Knowledge (2017) and Journalism and the NSA Revelations (2017).

Aleksandr Zelenin, University Lecturer of Russian Language
The main focuses of Aleksandr Zelenin’s interests are studying of linguistic processes in the mass media, linguistic and rhetorical techniques of argumentation and counter-argumentation, multimodal transformations in russian social media, transformation of linguo-cultural concepts in the Russian sociocultural space, studying of bilingualism and multuculturalism. His important publications include the following:
The Language of the Russian Emigrant Press (1917-1939). Tampere, 2007 (in Russian)
From the nature as a “workroom” to a Madagascar cockroach (transformations of the concept of nature in the russian journal Nauka i zhizn’). In: The Ideas of Good Life in Contemporary Russian Mass Media, Ekaterinburg, 2008 (in Russian)
Germans in Russian Culture (linguistic imagology). In: Russian language in school. Moskva, 2013, №4 (in Russian)
“Dad, where is my lipka?”. In: With Love to the Word. Festschrift for Arto Mustajoki. Helsinki, 2008 (in Russian)

Jari Väliverronen, Coordinator
Jari Väliverronen, M. Soc. Sc., is TaRC’s coordinator in 2019. Formerly a journalist, he has been involved in international comparative journalism projects, such as the Worlds of Journalism Study. He has also familiarized himself with the Chinese media system as a visiting scholar at the Fudan University Nordic Centre in 2013-14. His upcoming PhD is concerned with changes in Finnish political journalism in the online era. Apart from political communication, his research interests are in media accountability and journalism ethics.
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