Markku Koivusalo

Executive director Hietsun Paviljonki.

Adjunct Professor University of Helsinki.



I am broadly and highly erudite adjunct professor of political science. I have worked as academic researcher and teacher from the year 1995 as well as directed several organizations.  I am good writer, applauded lecturer and responsible organizer. Outside work I am family man from Töölö, Helsinki.

Current position

  • Executive director Hietsun Paviljonki.
  • Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) at the University of Helsinki.
  • Part-time teacher University of Turku; City of Helsinki. Finnish Adult Education Centre.
  • Independent researcher funded by Koneen säätiö

Working experience

Executive director 2019-

  • Kiinteistö Oy Töölön Kylätalon Hietsu

Academic Researcher (1995-2021)

  • University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, University of Genova, Finnish Academy.

Academic Teacher (1995-2021)

  • University of Jyväskylä, Politics (2017-2018)
  • University of Helsinki: Politics, World-politics (2004-2009)
  • Docent teaching: University of Helsinki (2013-2018)
  • Part-time teacher: University of Helsinki (1995-2013)

Visiting teacher (1995-2018)

  • University of Turku, Aalto University, University of Art, Open University, Helsinki City Adult Education.

Linguistic skills:

  • Finnish (mother tongue), English, Swedish (good), Russian (fair)
  • Reading: French (good), Italian, Classical Greek, Latin, German (basics).


  • Finnish Research Association c. 440 000€
  • Other Associations c. 224 000€
  • Personal grants c. 123 400€
  • Other research funding c. 300 000€


  • Member of the Year Award 2017. Finnish Research Association.
  • Award for the best Masters Theses. National Association of Political Science 1996.
  • Writer Award. Literary journal Nuori Voima. 1996.
  • Award for the best Masters Theses. Faculty of Social Sciences. University of Helsinki


  • Knowledge: Collecting, structuring, assimilating
  • Thinking: Understanding, reasoning, conceptualizing
  • Expression: Articulation, argumentation, wit.
  • Communication: Writing, performance, visualization
  • Leadership: Organizing, strategy, implementation
  • Innovation: Ideas, differentiation, novelty.
  • Character: Openness, responsibility, criticality, courage


  • Title of docent. Political science. University of Helsinki 27.5. 2013.
  • D. Soc. Sc. in Political Science. University of Helsinki, 2012.
  • Master in Social Sciences. University of Helsinki, 4 October 1995.
  • Practical training in state administration. Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Department for Communications and Culture 1992
  • MA studies in political science, philosophy and sociology at the University of Edinburgh 1990-1991.
  • Secondary education: Tapiola Upper Secondary School 1988.

Leadership & organizations

  • Chairmen (2005-2015). Vice Chairman (1998-2001) and Member (1996-2017) of the Executive Board 1996-2017. Finnish Association of Researchers.
  • Chairmen (2017- ) and Member (2013-2017) of the Board. Töölön kaupunginosat – Töölö ry.
  • Member (2017- ) of the Board. Real Estate Corporation Töölön Kylätalon Hietsu.
  • Member (2018- ) of the Board. Central Finland Real Estate Federation.
  • Member of The Board and secretary (2012-2013). Finland’s Housing Company Shareholder Association.
  • Member of the Board. Summa publishing house 2001-2006.
  • Chairmen (2017- ) and Member (1997-2009, 2017-) of the Board. As Oy Mechelin.

Publications and public appearances 

  • Over 100 publications related to society, politics, culture, art and philosophy
  • Numerous public presentations and appearances

Positions of Trust

  • Lay Judge. Helsinki District Court. 2013-.
  • Member of the Editorial board. Tiede ja edistys. [Interdisciplinary critical science journal.] 1998-2021.
  • Member of the editorial board in the publishing house Tutkijaliitto 1995-2017.
  • Representative of Association of Researchers in The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies 2011-2014.
  • Representative of Association in Finnish Civic Association for Adult Learning 2014-2015.
  • Several Positions of Trust in Student Organizations 1989-1992.