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Antti Kivijärvi

Senior Researcher
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In addition to The Finnish Youth Research Society, I have worked as a researcher in the universities of Helsinki and Eestern Finland. My previous research interests have been related to ethnicity, migration, gender, youth peer relations, leisure, marginalisation and youth services. Currently, I am involved with three studies. DECA-project (2022-2025) is related to Russian and Ukrainian identities in Finland and their knowledge formation after the escalated war. Youth Violence project (2023-2026) is a multi-method study in which the delinquency of young people is examined in a context of leisure opportunities, neighborhoods and group-relations. A Study of Children’s and Young People’s Leisure Activities is a national suvey conducted in every second year. The themes of the next survey are youth cultures, media and summer.


Selected publications in English

Kivijärvi, Antti & Myllylä, Martta (2022) Layered Confinement in Reception Centers – A Study of Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in Finland. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. Published online 11 October 2022.

Välimäki, Vesa & Kivijärvi, Antti & Aaltonen, Sanna (2020) The links between structural and social marginalization – social relations of young Finnish adults not in employment or education. Journal of Youth Studies, 23 (10), 1347-1365.

Kivijärvi, Antti & Aaltonen, Sanna & Forma, Leena & Myllylä, Martta & Rissanen, Pekka (2020) Quality of Life Among Finnish Young Adults Not in Employment or Education. Applied Research in Quality of Life 15, 757-774.

Aaltonen, Sanna & Kivijärvi, Antti (2019) Disrupting professionals with a research-driven intervention. Researcher-gatekeeper negotiations in the context of targeted youth services. Qualitative Social Work, 18 (4), 621–637.

Kivijärvi, Antti & Aaltonen, Sanna & Välimäki, Vesa (2019) Feasibility of an online discussion group as a component of targeted youth work in Finland. Children and Youth Services Review. Published online 4 July 2019.

Keskinen, Suvi & Atabong Alemanji, Aminkeng & Himanen, Markus & Kivijärvi, Antti & Osazee, Uyi & Pöyhölä, Nirosha & Rousku, Venla (2018) The Stopped. Ethnic Profiling in Finland. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto.

Kivijärvi, Antti (2016) Staging to Peers and Evading from Educators. Youth and the Appeal of Hangout Spaces in Finland. In Tommi Hoikkala & Meri Karjalainen (eds.) Finnish Youth Research Anthology 1999–2014. Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusverkosto, 92–105.

Peltola, Marja & Kivijärvi, Antti (2016) Sports and structured leisure as sites of victimization for children and young people in Finland: Looking at the significance of gender and ethnicity. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. Published online 15.3.2016.)

Kivijärvi, Antti & Mathias, Kai (2015) Love or Anarhcy? Emotional Bonds and Well-Being of Young Migrant Men. In Necla Acik & Iris Dähnke & Glenn Green (eds.) Experiences of Young Migrant Men and Their Well-Being. An Empirical Study from Seven European Countries. Hampuri: CJD Hamburg + Eutin, 15–30.

Harinen, Päivi & Kivijärvi, Antti (2015) Which Side? Young Multicultural Generation Facing Nationalistic Research Frameworks. In Pirkkoliisa Ahponen & Päivi Harinen & Ville-Samuli Haverinen (eds.) Dislocations of Civic Cultural Borderlines. Methodological Nationalism, Transnational Reality and Cosmopolitan Dreams. Heidelberg: Springer, 57-70.

Kivijärvi, Antti (2015) Fragility of leisure ties between ethnic minority and majority youth – an empirical case from Finland. Journal of Leisure Studies 34 (2), 150–165.

Kiilakoski, Tomi & Kivijärvi, Antti (2014) Youth clubs as spaces of non-formal learning: professional idealism meets the spatiality experienced by young people in Finland. Studies in Continuing Education. (Published online 17.10.2014.)

Ahponen, Pirkkoliisa & Harinen, Päivi & Honkasalo, Veronika & Kivijärvi, Antti & Pyykkönen, Miikka & Ronkainen, Jussi & Souto, Anne-Mari & Suurpää, Leena (2014) New Challenges for Nordic Welfare Services: Emerging Cultural Diversity in Finnish Youth Work. Nordic Journal of Migration Research 4 (1), 30–39.

Kivijärvi, Antti (2014) Interethnic Affiliations and Everyday Demarcations of Youth in Finland. Empirical Glances through Multisited Interviews and Observations. Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies 22 (1), 67–85.

Kivijärvi, Antti & Heino, Eveliina (2013) Ethnic Minority Youth and Youth Work in Finland: Everyday Anti-racism Engendering Empowering Conditions. In Maritta Törrönen & Olga Borodkina & Valentina Samoylova & Eveliina Heino (eds.) Empowering Social Work: Research & Practice. Kotka: University of Helsinki, 222–244.

Kivijärvi, Antti (2010) Local Youth work as Subpolitics of Multiculturalism: Professional Educators Constructing New Rationales in Eastern Finland? Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 10 (2), 204–220.