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The Practical Humanities blog explores practices that support the use of research and knowledge in the humanities for problem-solving outside academia.

About me

My name is Maija Urponen and I am an academic professional with a PhD in Gender Studies and 15+ years of experience in academic and research administration (see my profile in LinkedIn). I am passionate about advancing the societal impact of the humanities and supporting researcher careers beyond academia.

About the project

Solutions to complex global challenges require collaboration and exchange of knowledge between researchers from different disciplines, various types of stakeholders, relevant businesses and other organizations and pracitioners outside academia.

The blog is documenting and discussing results from two projects seeking to advance the societal impact of the humanities through facilitating collaboration.

In spring 2022 I interviewed researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs in the US as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. The project was supported by the ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant, co-funded by the Fulbright Finland Foundation and the University of Helsinki as my home institution.

During 2023 I will be conducting a pilot study exploring an “ecosystem” approach to collaboration in the humanities in Finland. The project is funded by Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and hosted by the University of Helsinki.


Obviously, the views presented in the blog and on this website are my own and do not represent those of the funders nor any of my previous or present host institutions.

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