Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture, University College London
Dr. Titus Hjelm is the Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture at University College London. His main areas of expertise are cultural sociology, sociology of religion, social problems, media and popular culture. His research focuses on the role of minority religions in contemporary societies and the media treatment of alternative religion, including Islam in the West.
In addition, he has published on the relationship between popular culture and religion. He edited a volume titled Religion and Social Problems and is currently working on a book on social constructionism. His research has been featured in over 200 interviews in the Finnish news press and in more than twenty radio interviews including the BBC. He has had about fifteen TV appearances in talk shows and as a specialist commentator in prime time news. He has also conducted workshops on religion for Finnish media professionals, social service workers, church employees, and the police.