Kaj Björkqvist
1981 …2023

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Kaj Björkqvist received his PhD in Psychology in 1986.  He is Professor Emeritus of Developmental Psychology at Åbo Akademi University (Active Professor between 1992-2020). He is former President of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). He has served in various positions at his university, such as Department Head (1992-2011), and Faculty Dean (1995-98 and 2005-9). He established the Peace, Mediation, and Conflict Research programme at Åbo Akademi University in 2012. His research has focused on human aggression, in particular sex differences in aggression, but also on school and workplace bullying, conflict resolution, intimate partner aggression, physical punishment, revictimisation, media violence, and cross-cultural comparisons. He has published 13 books and approx. 140 scientific articles and book chapters. Besides in English, his work has also been published in Japanese, German, Italian, Finnish, and Swedish. He has supervised approx. 200 Master's theses and supervised or cosupervised 18  Doctoral theses.

He was awarded the White Rose of Finland in 2016.

Citations (Research Gate): 11,943

Reads (Research _Gate): 143,701

(updated April, 2022)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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