JMC Research Projects

JMC Research Projects


The four-year Academy of Finland project (2017–2021) studies the implications of the Texas state “Campus Carry” gun legislation (SB 11) that came into effect on August 1, 2016. Through qualitative and quantitative research, the project focuses on the changing spatial dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin campus.



Photograph: Lotta Kähkönen


Tragediauutisoinnin haasteet – median mahdollisuudet käsitellä kouluampumisia

This Helsingin Sanomat Foundation project, which began in January 2019, examines U.S. and Finnish media’s reporting of the 2018 high school shootings in Parkland, Florida. The project produces a new, comparative database on reporting on school shootings and opens up a new avenue for discussing the challenges posed by such reporting. The project considers the tensions between traditional media and social media based #-activism, with concrete suggestions for journalists’ work.


Photograph: Jaakko Hirvioja


Cuba in Flux: Visualizing Urban Transformation in Havana

The Kone Foundation project examines visual displays and everyday experiences of urban transformation in Havana from 2019 to 2022.

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