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Mari Korpela


Mari Korpela

Senior lecturer, docent

Office hours: by appointment


Research interests:

anthropology of childhood, 'third culture kids', lifestyle migration, transnational communities, countercultures, gender and travel, temporary migration, missing tourists, ethnographic research methods

Research projects:

Mari is a social anthropologist, currently working as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Tampere, Finland. She is also working as a researcher in the project "Governance and Grieving: Disappearing Migrants and Emergent Politics" in the University of Tampere. Mari's PhD dissertation is an ethnographic research on Westerners in Varanasi, India. (More Vibes in India. Westerners in Search of a Better Life in Varanasi, 2009)

In 2011-2013, Mari conducted a three-year-long post-doctoral research titled “Mobile Childhood. Children of Lifestyle Migrants in Goa, India”. (click here for a short presentation on the study) The research investigated the social and cultural environment in which the Western children in Goa grow and it asked how the children experience their transnationally mobile lifestyle and how they define their identities and belonging. The study was funded by the Academy of Finland. During the project, Mari was a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology in the University of Goa, India and a visiting research fellow in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research in the University of Sussex, UK. (for a short visual introduction to the project, click here)

In 2014-2016, Mari worked as a senior researcher in the project "Transnational MIgration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People" (EURA-NET) (EU Seventh Framework Programme) in the School or Education in the University of Tampere.

Mari is the president of the Finnish Anthropological Society, host of the Lifestyle Migration hub and co-host of the network of India researchers of Finland. In addition, Mari is a docent (adjunct professor) of social and cultural anthropology in the University of Helsinki.

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Research network: Lifestyle migration

Research network: Mobile Professionals   

Open Anthropology Cooperative

European Association of Social Anthropologists

American Anthropological Association

World Council of Anthropological Associations

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism

The Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (AAA)

The Finnish Anthropological Society

The India Researchers of Finland

Lapsuudentutkimuksen seura (The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies)

The Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU)

School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere

Academy of Finland


Anthropology Song

Goa Hippy Tribe

A radio interview of the EURA-NET project (in Finnish, Radio Moreeni March 2014)

A presentation "Mobile Childhood. Lifestyle Migrant Chidlren in Goa, India"

A drawing on mobile childhood by Goa kids.

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