Risto Saarinen is Professor of Ecumenics at the University of Helsinki since 2001. From 1994 to 1999 he served as research professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France. Saarinen was a member of the Lutheran – Orthodox Joint Commission from 1995 to 2017. He served as the director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence ”Reason and Religious Recogniton” from 2014 to 2019.
Saarinen is member of Academia Europeaea and Dr. honoris causa of the University of Copenhagen. His recent books include Recognition and Religion (Oxford 2016) and Luther and the Gift (Mohr Siebeck 2017).