Tuomas Räsänen


Areas of expertise
Environmental History; Animal History; Human-Animal Studies; History of Science


I defended my PhD thesis, concerning the birth of the Baltic marine environmental crisis, in 2015 at the University of Turku. Since then I have worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the reseach project Animal Agency in Human Societies, funded by the Academy of Finland. During 2015-2016 I also worked some months as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. During the 2018 I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies (TIAS). In the beginning of the 2019 I started as an assistant professor for the cultural sea and maritime studies.


In my current research project titled Co-living with the Sea, I am investigating the relationship between humans and Baltic marine animals from the perspective of evolutionary history. I am particularly interested how humans have affected marine animal populations since 1950s and, reciprocally, how the human-animal interactions have shaped environmental thoughts and nature-related identities in Finland.


I have worked approximately six years as a full-time teacher in various temporary positions at the department of European and World History at the University of Turku (before completing the PhD as an university teacher and since then as an university lecturer). 


Last updated on 2022-08-04 at 02:20