Heikki Patomäki is Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include philosophy and methodology of social sciences, international theory, peace research, futures studies, economic theory, global political economy, and global political theory. The author of about 200 academic publications, many of which have been translated into several languages, his most recent books in English include The Great Eurozone Disaster (2013) and The Political Economy of Global Security (2008). In 2015 he published a book on the future of economic policy in Finnish; other editions will follow.
Previously, Patomäki has worked as Professor of World Politics and Economy at the Nottingham Trent University, UK (1998-2003), and at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2007-2010). In 2012 he was a Visiting Professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He is a member of the boards of many academic journals in International Relations, Global Political Economy, Globalization and other fields; and a regular referee for 15-20 international journals covering a range of disciplines.
Patomäki has been consulted by and given expert statements to various Ministries and Committees of the Parliament of Finland; several national parliaments in Europe; UK Department for International Development; European Economic and Social Committee; European Commission; UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; UNRISD (the UN Research Institute for Social Development); New or Restored Democracies process; International ATTAC; and a number of transnational NGOs. Patomäki has also participated – and assumed roles of responsibility – in many movements and organizations such as ATTAC and those related to the World Social Forum. He also sits on the Board of the Left Alliance in Finland, while participating in various European networks of alternative politics and economics.