Dr. Katri Pynnöniemi


Katri Pynnöniemi is a researcher in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Helsinki, Finland. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Tampere (2008). Here current research focuses on Russia’s foreign policy and the quest for leadership in the Eurasian economic space as well as on political constraints on Russia’s economic development. 

While at CEURUS  Dr. Pynnöniemi will give lectures in  MA-level courses on ‘Economy and Business Climate in Russia’  as well as carry out research on the role of the state in Russian economic thought.


Contact: katri.pynnoniemi[at]fiia.fi


“I had the great pleasure of teaching at the Centre for EU-Russia Studies in the framework of the EU-Russia MA programme during the spring semester 2012. The idea of my lectures on ‘The Political Economy of Putinism’ was to explain to students the main parameters of current Russian politics and how that influences the country’s economic development trajectory. I found the research community at CEURUS inspiring and I enjoyed enormously the academic atmosphere at the University.”