Associate Professor Jussi Laine from the Karelian Institute has been elected as the new President of the Western Social Science Association, WSSA.
Laine will assume presidency in spring 2022, until which time he is referred to as WSSA’s President-Elect. The WSSA President leads the association’s sections in different fields of social science, of which there are currently 34.
Founded in 1958, WSSA advances multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, service, and professional exchange across the social science disciplines. It also promotes social justice and equitable treatment. More than 30 disciplines from all over the world are represented in WSSA. WSSA convenes an annual conference and publishes the Social Science Journal, a juried quarterly research journal.
Currently, Laine coordinates the Horizon 2020 research consortium MATILDE, which explores the potential of migration from third countries, and its impact on Europe’s rural and mountain regions. He has also served as President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS).