Our latest publications:

Benjamin, S., Koirikivi, P. & Kuusisto, A. (accepted/in press). [Adversity and challenges on young people's life-paths. Perspectives on resilience in the light of the theory of sustainable wellbeing]. Nuorten elämänkulun haasteita ja vastoinkäymisiä. Näkökulmia resilienssiin kestävän hyvinvoinnin teorian valossa. Nuorisotutkimus-lehti.

Koirikivi, P., Benjamin, S., Hietajärvi, L., Kuusisto, A., Gearon, L. (2021). Resourcing Resilience: Educational Considerations for Supporting Wellbeing and Preventing Violent Extremism amongst Finnish Youth. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 26(1), 553-569. 

Koirikivi, P., Benjamin, S., Kuusisto, & A., Gearon, L. (2021). Values, Lifestyles, and Narratives of Prejudices amongst Finnish Youth. Journal of Beliefs and Values. E-pub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2021.2010266

Benjamin, S. 2021. Extremism and extremist ideologies interest young people [in Finnish]. Kleio, 3. The Association for Teachers of History and Social Studies in Finland.

Benjamin, S., Koirikivi, P., Gearon, L. & Kuusisto, A. (in press). States of Mind: Peace Education and Preventing Violent Extremism. In Aslan, E. (ed.). Peace Education and Religions. Springer VS, Wiesbaden

Benjamin, S., Salonen, V., Gearon, L., Koirikivi, P. & Kuusisto, A. 2021. Safe space, dangerous territory: young people’s views on preventing radicalization through education – Perspectives for pre-service teacher education. Education Sciences. 11(5), 205. 

Benjamin, S. & Vallinkoski, K. 2021. Worried about radicalization? Guidebook for youth work professionals. [in Finnish]. Fokus ry.

Vallinkoski, K., Koirikivi, P., & Malkki, L. 2021. “What is this ISIS all about?” Addressing violent extremism with students: Finnish educators’ perspectives. European Educational Research Journal.

Benjamin, S., Gearon, L., Kuusisto, A. & Koirikivi, P. 2021. Threshold of Adversity: Resilience and the Prevention of Extremism through Education. Nordic Studies in Education, 41(3), 2021, 201–218.

Kuusisto, A., Gearon, L., Benjamin, S. & Koirikivi, P. 2021. Re-conceptualizing Radicalisation: The Educational Research Context of Counter-Extremism through the Prism of Worldviews and Value Learning. In Aslan, E. & Hermansen, M. (eds.). Religious Diversity at School: Educating for New Pluralistic Contexts. Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 123-137. 

Gearon, L., Kuusisto, A., Matemba, Y., Benjamin, S., Du Preez, P, Koirikivi, P. & Shimmonds, S. (eds.) 2020. Decolonising the Religious Education Curriculum: International Perspectives in Theory, Research, and Practice. British Journal of Religious Education, Special Issue, 43(1). Read the editorial here. 

Benjamin, S., Koirikivi, P. & Kuusisto, A. 2020. Finnish upper secondary students' considerations of the role of educational institutions in the prevention of radicalization [in Finnish]. Kasvatus 51(4), 467–480. Read the abstract in English here.

Vallinkoski, K., Benjamin, S. & Koirikivi, P. 2020. REDI – The dimensions of dealing, with, preventing, and encountering violent radicalization and extremism in education. In Finnish National Agency for Education, Building resilience – In support of democracy education. Guides and manuals, 35–40. 

Vallinkoski, K., Benjamin, S. & Koirikivi, P. 2020. Prevention of violent radicalization and extremism in the education sector. In Finnish Ministry of the Interior, National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism 2019-2023. Publications of the Finnish Ministry of the Interior 2020:3. p. 74-81. 

Gearon, L. (ed.) 2019. The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies. London: Routledge.

Benjamin, S., Niemi, P-M., Kuusisto, A. & Kallioniemi, A. 2019. Lasten ja nuorten katsomusten tutkimisen eettisiä kysymyksiä. In Rutanen, N. & Vehkalahti, K. Lasten ja nuorten tutkimuksen etiikka II: Tutkimuseettisestä sääntelystä elettyyn kohtaamiseen. Helsinki: Finnish Youth Research Society, 135–152. 

Niemi, P-M., Kallioniemi, A., & Ghosh, R. 2019. Religion as a Human Right and a Security Threat—Investigating Young Adults’ Experiences of Religion in Finland. Religions, 10(1), 55; DOI:

Niemi, P-M., Benjamin, S., Kuusisto, A, & Gearon, L. 2018. How and Why Education Counters Ideological Extremism in Finland. Religions, 9(12), 420; doi:10.3390/rel9120420. 


Raitanen, J. 2021. Deep interest in school shootings online. Academic dissertation, Tampere University.

Tiilikainen, M. & Mankkinen, T. 2020. Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism in Finland: The Role of Religious Literacy. In T. Sakaranaho et al. (eds.), The Challenges of Religious Literacy. SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies.