My name is Mari Toivanen and I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. I hold a Master’s degree in Humanities from Paris IV Sorbonne (2008) and a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Turku (2014).

My doctoral research focused on the negotiations of belonging among youth with Kurdish background in Finland, and I’m currently working on Kurdish diaspora communities’ transnational participation towards Kurdistan. I have been in EtmuBoard for a couple of years now, and currently also a member of the LYR’s editorial team and the Academic Activities team. In my free time, I enjoy practicing muaythai, that is thai-kickboxing, cooking, travelling and spending time with friends and family.