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Veli-Matti Salminen

I have worked as researcher at the Church Research Institute (current Church Institute for Research and Advanced Training) since 2012. My central research topics concern the interface and interaction between the Church and society at large, voluntary activities and civic society, as well as human values and religiosity. A major part of my work involves the analysis of statistics on the Church activities and membership, as well as the analysis of questionnaire surveys concerning religiousness.  While statistical methods are the core of my research, my methodological motto is: Research results are not the numbers as such but what the numbers tell us.

Communicating about research and other socially interesting contents, especially through social media, is very important for me. Outside of my work, I’m known by my Twitter name @VMSalminenThe link opens in a new tab.

Church Research Institute's researcher Veli-Matti Salminen.

Research projects and work groups, in which I’m involved:

  • Research project Kirkon musiikin ammattilaisena kasvaminen (“Growing as a professional Church musician”), (2016–2019), Member of the steering group
  • Case Tampere: yhteisölähtöiset kokeilut seurakunnan toimintakulttuurin kehittämisessä (‘Case Tampere: Community-based trials in developing the operating culture in parishes’) (2017–2019), Member of the steering group

Selected publications:

Engström, K., Salminen, V-M & Tuukkanen, T. 2018. Muusikkona kirkon palveluksessa: Kanttoreiden osaamiskartoituskysely 2017The link opens in a new tab. Kirkon tutkimuskeskuksen verkkojulkaisuja 59.

Salminen, V-M. 2017. Avioliitto ja perhe: arvot ja todellisuusThe link opens in a new tab. – Perhe ja avioliitto muutoksessa. Ed. by Maarit Hytönen. Kirkon tutkimuskeskuksen julkaisuja 127. 147–170.

Salminen, V-M. 2016. Suomalaisten uskonnollisuus – passiivinen osallistuminen, aktiivinen etsintä. – Miten Suomi uskoo. Suomalaisen Teologisen Kirjallisuusseuran symposiumissa marraskuussa 2015 pidetyt esitelmät. Ed. by Joona Salminen. STKSJ 284. Helsinki: STKS. 62–76. 

Innanen, T. & Salminen, V-M. (eds.) 2016. Hymn, Song, Society. Publications 63. Church Research Institute.

Innanen, T. & Salminen, V-M. (eds.) 2014. Virsi ja laulu Suomessa – tekstit, kokemus ja kasvatus. Kirkon tutkimuskeskuksen julkaisuja 120.