Finland, the Cold War and big ships!
I´m a doctoral student of history of industrialization studying the transformation of the Cold War Finnish shipbuilding industry. My thesis focuses on the interfaces between politics and technology, government and private business, and national and international development. I hold a Master of Social Science degree in political history from the University of Helsinki and Master of Science in Technology degree from Aalto University School of Science. Between Sep. 2016 and March 2017 I´m a visiting pre-doctoral Asla-Fulbright scholar in MIT, Boston.
The Cold War located Finland, and the Finnish shipbuilding industry, in between the east and west. The main question in my dissertation research is how the global Cold War, often understood as bipolar confrontation between superpowers, shaped industrial transformation in civilian shipbuilding in a small, neutral country. On one hand, the bipolarization of the world order set restrictions to the east-west technology transfer and dominated the Finland’s foreign affairs but also opened new opportunities for Finnish heavy engineering industry and business. On the other hand, the shipbuilding industry gained political momentum as it became an instrument in the Cold War foreign affairs.
My research is funded by the Doctoral Program of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Aalto University. The research exchange is funded by ASLA-Fulbright predoctoral research fellowship.