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Very exciting to receive this prestigious three-year grant from the Academy of Finland to develop collaborative research on Reconstructing Crisis Narratives for Trustworthy Communication and Cooperative Agency in the midst of global pandemics. 

Delighted to work closely with my dear colleagues at Aalto University and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) on this new project: Jonas SiveläAnna Leena LohinivaTeemu LeinonenTuukka TammiSuvi HyökkiMatti NelimarkkaJohanna KaipioAqdas MalikNatalia VillamanHasti Narimanzadeh and many others we hope will join our team in coming months! 

If you’re looking for a Postdoc or PhD to do compelling research at the intersection of HCI, AI, social and computational sciences and make a critical societal impact, get in touch!

Article at Aalto University:

Nitin Sawhney receives an Academy of Finland grant for analyzing and reconstructing crisis narratives

By Anu Haapala, Aalto University, November 26, 2020.

Professor Sawhney hopes that his collaborative research will offer insights into how crisis narratives emerge in society during the global pandemic

The Academy of Finland has granted special funding for research projects studying crisis preparedness and security of supply. One of the projects funded is by Professor of Practice Nitin Sawhney from the Department of Computer Science. He receives a three-year grant for his research focusing on analyzing and reconstructing crisis narratives.

Sawhney is conducting this research in collaboration with Jonas Sivelä from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). They will use qualitative research methods and computational data analytics of crisis discourses in news and social media for this project.
 
One aim of Sawhney and Sivelä is to design a platform that represents and visualizes information to engage decision-makers, front-line responders, stakeholders, and the general public in making sense of crises and perceptions of risk and trust.

Professor Sawhney says ‘We hope this collaborative research with THL will offer us insights into how crisis narratives emerge in society to influence public anxieties and behaviors in the midst of a global pandemic, but also how we can improve risk communication strategies and cooperative models for crisis preparedness and response.’

According to Tua Huomo, the chair of the call’s subcommittee, the funded projects effectively represent both research related to system-level activities and the perspective of ordinary citizens. The projects implement interdisciplinary approaches in a particularly innovative way.

Huomo added: ‘As we all know, our society can be affected by a number of surprising crises. The high-level projects funded under this call convince us that, with the help of science, we can find ways to solve even difficult issues.’

Article by Aalto University: https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/nitin-sawhney-receives-an-academy-of-finland-grant-for-analyzing-and-reconstructing-crisis

Announcement by Academy of Finland, November 25, 2020: https://www.aka.fi/en/about-us/whats-new/press-releases/20202/academy-of-finland-grants-20m-for-new-research-projects-on-crisis-preparedness-and-security-of-supply/