Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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The peace institute co-operates both with established researchers who visit Åland and participate in specific projects and seminars, as well as younger researchers who are given the possibility of spending a few weeks or months on Åland in order to research and write. The peace institute has several established contacts with research institutes and other organisations in the Nordic region and in Europe.

The ÅIPI can offer guest researchers a stimulating environment, interesting contacts and access to our library and resources. However, our resources are limited with regard to premises and tutorship as well as financing, why co-operation must be planned well in advance and co-operation that includes joint tutoring and financing is prioritized.

If you are interested in visiting the ÅIPI as a research fellow, you  are most welcome to contact us. Please describe your research plan, areas of interest, previous work, CV, institutional affiliations and your wishes about what period of time and for how long you would intend to stay.

For queries, please contact Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark sia(at)peace.ax

The first Åland Peace Fellowship is now open for application. Are you interested in issues of autonomy, minorities, peace and conflict, and the possibility to combine research and practical societal engagement? Are you curious about life on an island in the middle of the Baltic Sea?

We are looking for applications from researchers – in their early career as well as established ones – in the fields of law, peace research, political science, international affairs or related disciplines.

Welcome to apply! The deadline for applications is 15th January 2021.

As the Åland Peace Fellow you will be invited to the Kastelholm Talks on Peace, which will take place on Åland end of March 2021 and for a subsequent research stay of up to two months. The fellowship shall be announced at a festive occasion in conjunction to the Kastelholm Peace Talks.   

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Our research programme can be found here.

Former research fellows:

Guest researcher at the ÅIPI - Armenak Tokmajyan

2014-08-06 08:01:55

ArmenakArmenak Tokmajyan is a visiting junior researcher at the ÅIPI during August 2014. He holds a Master’s Degree in Peace, Mediation and Conflict research from University of Tampere and Tampere Peace Research Institute, Finland. He previously studied at the University Van Amsterdam, Sciences-po Paris and University of Kalamoon, Syria. In summer 2013, Tokmajyan worked as a research assistant at the Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Finland. In 2012, he interned at UNHCR Aleppo Field Office in the Legal Protection Unit.

Armenak’s areas of research interest include conflict dynamics in the Middle East, bottom-up peacebuilding efforts inside Syria, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and visual art and peacebuilding. At the ÅIPI, he is studying the role of visual arts in peacebuilding processes. Armenak has published articles in a number of academic journals. He is also a regular contributor to newspapers which cover the conflict dynamics in the Middle East. You can find his publications online at www.academia.edu.

You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Txomin Hernández is a guest researcher at the ÅIPI

2013-07-05 07:43:19

txomin2For a few weeks in June and July 2013, Txomin Hernández is a guest researcher at the Aland Islands Peace Institute.
Txomin is a researcher in International Human Rights Law at the University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, and
he is working on Self-determination Law and Minority Law during his stay at the Institute.



Felix Schulte, guest researcher 2013

2013-05-07 13:18:47
Felix_webbFelix Schulte is a guest researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in May and June 2013. He is investigating the conflict-solving potential of territorial autonomy arrangements for his Master´s thesis at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. He is primarily interested in the key factors for the high durability and the sustainable success of the Ålandic autonomy system. Felix holds an Bachelor´s degree in political science and sociology of the Cath. University of Eichstaett.

Alice Kennedy, research fellow 2009

2009-07-05 11:00:47

Alice_webbFrom 5th of May 2009 and during the summer Alice Kennedy was a research fellow at the Åland Islands Peace Institute. As part of a team of researchers working for the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe within the project Detention of Refugees and Asylum seekers in Europe, Alice Kennedy was analysing hundreds of interviews with refugees and asylum seekers in 23 European countries.




Sarah Stephan, guest researcher 2008

2008-07-05 11:17:05


Starting 6th of October 2008 Sarah Stephan will be a guest researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute. She will be conducting research about the role of the regions within the EU.

Sarah holds an LL.M.  in Public International Law from Helsinki University and a Bachelor’s degree in European and Comparative Law from the Hanse Law School of the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg. She has complemented her law studies with courses in political science, in particular in global governance and peace and conflict studies.


Rhodri C. Williams, guest researcher 2007

2007-02-06 23:00:00

Rhodrifri1Rhodri C. Williams was a guest researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from 2007 to 2009. His research interests include study of minority protection and autonomy regimes as means of addressing the root causes of conflict and preventing displacement. Mr. Williams has both a bachelor's and a master's degree in geography and a law degree from New York University.

Publications include:

Post-Conflict Property Restitution and Refugee Return in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Implications for International Standard-Setting and Practice , 37 New York University Journal of International Law and Policy, vol. 37/3 (2006):
Housing, Land, Property and Conflict Management: Identifying Policy Options for Rule of Law Programming (with A. Hurwitz & K. Studdard), International Peace Academy Policy Paper (2005)
Post-conflict property restitution in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal rationale and practical implementation , Forced Migration Review 21 (2004)

Visiting researcher from Japan

2004-01-09 23:00:00

 Visiting researcher from Japan
Gästforskare från Japan

Fujio Ohnishi from the Nihon University, Shizuoka-ken in Japan will work one year (2004-2005) at the Åland Islands Peace Institute with his thesis:

A Cultural Right in the Autonomy of the Åland Islands.

Fujio Ohnishi från Nihon University, Shizuoka-ken, Japan arbetar ett år vid fredsinstitutet med sin avhandling.

E-mail: Fujio

Adem Ferizaj, guest researcher

2014-06-03 11:16:51

Adem FerizajFrom February until June, Adem Ferizaj was a guest-researcher for the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI). He has worked on a report entitled “Military Presence in Minority Regions: Case Study of Greenland and Cyprus”.
Adem is currently enrolled in multi-disciplinary, trilingual studies (German, French and English) of social sciences of the Franco-German campus of Sciences Po Paris in Nancy. His specialisation lays in European history and international relations.
Adem’s research interest lays in peace-consolidation – especially of the Western Balkans. He is particularly interested in both the military implication and the minority protection of the peace-building process.