The primary goals of the Mobile Futures project are to foster good demographic relations, to promote a more diverse cultural and working life, and to identify and combat structural discrimination and racism in different societal spheres.
To achieve these goals, Mobile Futures employs the Living Lab methodology. In the Living Labs, the project researchers and partners jointly develop solutions to identified problems. The project focuses on building trust through four Work Packages (WPs): Trust in Law (WP2), Trust in Information (WP3), Trust in the Labour Market (WP4), and Trust in Everyday Encounters (WP5).
The project is led by Magdalena Kmak, Professor of International Law at Åbo Akademi University (ÅA). The deputy director of the consortium and the leader of WP5 is Johanna Leinonen, Academy Research Fellow at the University of Oulu. The other work package leaders are Senior Researcher Daniela Alaattinoğlu (WP2, University of Turku), Professor Gunilla Widén (WP3, ÅA), and Senior Research Fellow Tomas Hanell (WP4, Migration Institute, MIF). Saara Pellander, Director of MIF, acts as Interaction Coordinator and Yasmin Samaletdin (ÅA) as Project Coordinator of the project.
Diversity, Trust, and Two-Way Integration (Mobile Futures) is a six-year research project, funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) established within the Academy of Finland. Mobile Futures is part of the SRC research program Demographic Changes – Causes, Consequences and Solutions (DEMOGRAPHY), 2021–2027.