Who am I

Mari Korpela (Ph.D.)

Academy research fellow, docent

email: mari.korpela@tuni.fi

Mari is a social anthropologist, currently working as an Academy Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Tampere University, Finland. Her current research project is titled ”Expatriate Childhood: Children’s Experiences of Temporary Migration.” The project is funded by the Academy of Finland (2019-2024).

Earlier, she has worked as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences in Tampere University She has also worked as a researcher in the project ”Governance and Grieving: Disappearing Migrants and Emergent Politics” in Tampere University. In addition, she has worked as a senior researcher in the project “Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility f People (EURA-NET)” (EU Seventh Framework Programme) in the School or Education in the Tampere University. 

Mari’s PhD dissertation was 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”. 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. 

Mari is the host of the Lifestyle Migration hub and the director of the research network Mobile professionals and families. In addition, Mari has the title of a docent (adjunct professor) of social and cultural anthropology in the University of Helsinki. She was the president of the Finnish Anthropological Society in 2018-2021. She has been an Erasmus teacher at the Department of Anthropology in the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, in 2019, and she is a member in the Visual Studies Lab in Tampere.

Research interests:

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

Mari Korpela
Mari Korpela