Background and activities

Saara Matala is a postdoctoral fellow in the Fate of nations project focusing on the political economy of oil in Finland 1975-1995. In her project, Matala examines how the national security and the security of supply of oil were interwoven in a country without own hydrocarbon deposits, and the technical and economic consequences it had. Matala defended her doctoral thesis in history of technology on the Finnish Cold War shipbuilding industry in Aalto University 2019. In addition, Matala holds a Master of Social Science degree in political history (University of Helsinki) and Master of Science in Technology degree (Aalto University). Her other research interests include artic maritime technology and mobile security. She is also the chief editor in the Finnish Quarterly of History of Technology Tekniikan Waiheita.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Kansikas, Suvi; Oiva, Mila; Matala, Saara. (2019) Manoeuvring into the Soviet market: Polish and Finnish Eastern trade practices during the Cold War. Margins for Manoeuvre in Cold War Europe. The Influence of Smaller Powers..