Rector Liisa Laakso
Doctor of Social Sciences Liisa Laakso started in her post as the Rector of the University of Tampere on 1 January 2016. Laakso was born in Rovaniemi, Finland, and earned her doctorate at the University of Helsinki in 2000. She has worked, among others, as Professor of International Development at the University of Jyväskylä and Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. In 2010-2015, Laakso worked as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki.
Laakso is an expert on world politics and international development cooperation. Her research interests include, among others, the democratisation of Africa; the Middle East and Asia; and the development policies and crisis management of the EU and Finland.