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Eerika Finell

Eerika Finell

PhD, Senior Lecturer (Social Psychology)

Phone: 050 318 7646
Room: LINNA 5063

Office hours:by appointment


Research interests:

  • Problems in indoor environment and psychosocial well-being
  • National symbols
  • Intergroup relations
  • Implicit and explicit attitudes
  • Group identities


Research projects:

Indoor air problems and schools. Using quantitative methods, this interdisciplinary research project analyses whether and how indoor air problems influence perceived indoor air quality and psychosocial well-being of lower secondary school students (External Funding: Juho Vainio Foundation).

Indoor air as an experience: This qualitative research project analyses the kinds of meanings and lived experiences it is associated with indoor air problems (External Funding:  Hengityssairauksien tutkimussäätiö).

The changes in meanings of national symbols among Finnish adolescents in 2002, 2008 and 2014. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, this research project examines the kinds of meanings are associated with Finnish national symbols and explores how these meanings change - and if indeed they do change - over time (External Funding: Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation).



Finell, E.(2018). National identity, collective events and meaning: A qualitative study of adolescents' autobiographical narratives of flag ceremonies in Finland.  Political Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/pops.12512.

Finell, E., Tolvanen, A., Haverinen-Shaughnessy, U., Laaksonen, L., Karvonen, S., Sund R., Luopa, L., Pekkanen, J. & Ståhl, T. (2018). An association between schools’ indoor air problems and perceived school’s social climate – a multilevel structural equation analysis. Science of the Total Environment, 624, 1504-1512.

Finell, E., Seppälä, T. & Suoninen, E. (2018) " It was not me who was sick, it was the building". Rhetorical identity management strategies in the context of observed and suspected indoor air problems in workplaces. Qualitative Health Research. Doi: 10.1177/1049732317751687.

Finell, E. & Seppälä, T. (2018). Indoor air problems and experiences of injustice in the workplace: A quantitative and a qualitative study. Indoor Air, 28, 125–134.

Minkkinen, J., Lindfors P., Kinnunen, J., Finell, E., Vainikainen M-P., Karvonen, S., Rimpelä A. (2017). Health as a predictor of students’ academic achievement –a three-level longitudinal study of Finnish adolescents. Journal of School Health, 87, 902-910.

Finell, E., Haverinen-Shaughnessy, U., Tolvanen, A., Laaksonen, L., Karvonen, S., Sund R., Saaristo, V., Luopa, L., Ståhl, T., Putus, T., Pekkanen, J. (2017). The associations of indoor environment and the psychosocial factors on subjective evaluation of indoor air quality among lower secondary school students: A multilevel analysis. Indoor Air, 27, 329-337.

Finell, E. (2017). Patriotism. In Moghaddam, F.M. (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (pp 589-590). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Haverinen-Shaugnessy, U., Finell, E. & Wiss, K. (2016). Koulujen sisäilmatutkimukset ja tarkastusten kehittäminen. Tutkimusta tiiviisti 8/2016. Helsinki: Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos.

Finell, E. & Zogmaister, C. (2015). Blind and constructive patriotism, national symbols and outgroup attitudes. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 56, 189-197.

Finell, E. (2013). Lectio preacursoria: Kuinka kansalliset symbolit ovat yhteydessä maahanmuuttajiin kohdistuneisiin asenteisiin? Psykologia, 48, 124-127.

Finell, E., Olakivi, A., Liebkind, K, & Lipsanen, J. (2013). Does it matter how I perceive my nation?: National symbols, national identification and attitudes toward immigrants. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 54, 529-535.

Graf. S., Bilewicz, M., Finell, E., & Geschke, D. (2013). Mind your language: Effects of linguistic abstractness on intergroup bias. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 32, 62 - 83.

Finell, E. (2013). Kansalliset symbolit ja asenteet maahanmuuttajia kohtaan. Sosiaalipsykologi-lehti. 18-21.

Finell, E. (2012). National symbols, their meanings, and how they relate to national identification, outgroup attitudes and national sentiments: Rhetorical, correlational and experimental studies. Publications of the Department of Social Research 12/2012.

Finell, E., & Olakivi, A. (2012). Paikkaidentiteetit pyhtääläisen ajan pyörteessä. In K. Helkama & A. Olakivi (toim.): Muuttuva Pyhtää - muuttuva Suomi. Arvot, työ ja identiteetti 1975-2007(s. 147-169). Helsinki: Sosiaalitieteiden laitoksen julkaisuja 19.

Mähönen, T. A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Liebkind, K., & Finell, E. (2011). Perceived importance of contact revisited. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 14, 19-30.

Finell, E., & Liebkind, K. (2010). National symbols and distinctiveness: Rhetorical strategies in creating distinct national identities. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 321–341.

Mähönen, T. A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Liebkind, K., & Finell, E. (2010). Perceived normative pressure and majority adolescents’ implicit and explicit attitudes towards immigrants. International Journal of Psychology, 45, 182-189.

Helkama, K., Finell, E., & Pirttilä-Backman, A-M. (2009). A new sense of community? Changes in values and local identification at Pyhtää 1993-2007. In J. Nikula (Ed.), Maaseutuaiheita. Rural motifs. Essays in honour of professor Leo Granberg (pp. 63-75). Aleksanteri series 5.

Sinisterra, J., Finell, E., & Geschke, D. (2009). “I can feel we don't like them”: On the emotional nature of prejudice. In I. Jasinskaja-Lahti, & T. A. Mähönen (Eds.), Identities, intergroup relations and acculturation – The cornerstones of intercultural encounters (pp. 125-136). Helsinki: Gaudeamus.


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