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Mikael Mattlin is the Acting Deputy Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He is also the head of FIIA’s Center on Global Orders and China (CORD).

Previously, he was a Research Professor in the Global Security and Governance research programme at FIIA. Prior to joining FIIA, he was Professor of Political Science (2021–22), Senior Lecturer of International Politics and TIAS Collegium Researcher at the University of Turku, as well as Professor of Chinese Studies (2018–19) and University Lecturer in World Politics in the University of Helsinki. Mattlin also leads the Academy of Finland funded ForAc -research project. Prof. Mattlin has published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals, e.g., The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Information, Communication & Society, Cooperation and Conflict, Simulation & Gaming, European Political Science, Journal of Political Science Education, Asia Europe Journal and European Foreign Affairs Review.

In the Spring of 2022, Prof. Mattlin published the first comprehensive Finnish-language research-based book on the Chinese political system (Vastapaino). The book was co-authored with two other leading Finnish China experts. The book is a finalist for the Science Book of the Year 2022 award.

Prof. Mattlin has long developed, taught and researched a negotiation simulation-based teaching concept for international relations. The teaching concept has received recognition both nationally and internationally, e.g., recently receiving an honourary mention from the European Political Science Consortium (2021 EPS Jacqui Briggs Prize). The teaching concept has inspired colleagues around the globe to try the concept, with excellent results. 

Publications

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Honorary title

Docent, University of Turku, 2013

Expertise

China’s foreign policy and politics, China-USA, EU-China, global economy, Taiwan, international relations simulations

Degrees

Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2008
Master of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 1999

Language skills

Swedish, Finnish, English, Chinese (working languages), German, French

Projects

China’s disruptive technologies and international security
Technical standards as critically intangible capital for Finnish companies in an era of strategic competition
ForAc: Foreign acquisitions and political retaliation as threats to supply security in an era of strategic decoupling (Academy of Finland)
ReConnect China (EU Horizon)
Kiinan murrokselliset teknologiat ja kansainvälinen turvallisuus (MATINE)


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Expertise

China’s foreign policy and politics, China-USA, EU-China, global economy, Taiwan, international relations simulations

Honorary title

Docent, University of Turku, 2013

Positions of responsibility

Foundation for Foreign Policy Research, Vice-Chair of the Board
European International Studies Association (EISA), auditor (2020 and 2021 accounts)
European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), Associate Fellow
China Office of Finnish Industries, Advisory Council member
Editorial board member, Nordic Review of International Studies
Steering group member, Tulanet

 

Degrees

Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2008
Master of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 1999

Language skills

Swedish, Finnish, English, Chinese (working languages), German, French

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A normative EU policy towards China: Mission impossible?.


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Mattlin, Mikael (2023). Local politics since the lifting of martial law. In Hsiao, Hsin-huang Michael; Chang, Lung-chih; Chiu, Kuei-fen; Guy, Nancy; Fell, Dafydd; Ho, Ming-sho; Lee, An-ru; Lin, Lih-yun; Liao, Hsin-tien; Simon, Scott E; Rawnsley, Ming-yeh; Tsang, Cheng-hwa; Weller, Robert P; Yang, Alan Hao; Zeitoun, Elizabeth ed(s): Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies Online. Brill.