Doctoral programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE)

The Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE) offers a multidisciplinary and international environemnt for postgraduate studies. Research themes are linked with cultural and social phenomena, challenges and transformations. Research crosses global, national and local boundaries. SCE relates to the top-level international research area of the University - Borders, Mobilities and Cultural Encounters. The programme offers an excellent opportunities for postgraduate students to network in national and international research community.

Life course, work and education

Thematic area examines the human life course and its changes in terms of interaction between individual agency, cultural meanings and social institutions. Research topics cover the study and development of education, guidance, advice and other interventions that sup-port an individual's capacity to act.

Cultural and language encounters

Thematic area offers a wide range of opportunities for research in linguistics, cultural studies, translation studies and social studies. The programme emphasises empirical fieldwork, the analysis and interpretation of text and oral corpora, and connections between methodology and theory formulation in the humanities and their closely related disciplines.

Natural resources, the environment and society

Thematic area offers doctoral students an opportunity to join an international and multidisciplinary doctoral programme for social and cultural research in natural resources and the environment. The thematic area is specifically interested in the sustainable use and management of natural resources, climate and energy issues, and various environmental challenges on global, national and local level.

Borders, mobility and Russia

Thematic area examines social processes related to political, cultural, social and symbolic borders. Key research topics include border control and security, nationalism, identities, conflicts and migration. Research is focused on border regions of Finland and Russia but also broader borders of the European Union and its neighbourhood, Northern Europe and arctic regions.

Social and cultural turning point

Thematic area examines social structures and forms of societal control. Key research topics are class, gender, area and migration and how these are entwined with human endeavour, everyday life and agency in changing circumstances. The thematic are offers an inspiring environment of social and cultural studies to make research around these topics.


Thematic area offers a range of opportunities to conduct research in all areas of Orthodox and Western theology. In addition to the shared roots of various Churches, such as the Bible and patristics, the research subjects cover themes such as the meeting of Eastern and Western religious traditions and mental and spiritual wellbeing. Research in the field of comparative religion examines the importance of religion in modern times, using the methods of anthropology. Why is religion still manifested in public and private life? How are religions reacting to global challenges? How do they meet each other or the Western culture? How do multiculturalism, tolerance and religion go together?