10.-11.4.2014 Living with Risk: Welfare, State and Society in Post-Socialism

It is difficult to overstate the social crisis that emerged as a result of the transitions from the socialist system into the market economy. Increases in poverty, inequality, infectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse and unemployment are dramatic indicators. At the same time the old welfare structures are rusting and emergent need for new solutions is evident.

The seminar offers theoretical and empirical insights to post-socialist welfare development from different angles – by focusing on one hand on the state policies and efforts in the field and on the everyday life of the ordinary people on the other hand.

The lectures are open to public - Welcome!

TIME: April 10-11, 2014
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33), University of Helsinki


Thursday 10.4.2014

  • 10.00 Opening of the seminar
  • 10.15 Welfare state trajectories in post-socialist countries
    Professor Linda Cook (Brown University, US)
  • 11.15 Welfare and post-socialist social class
    Professor Markku Kivinen (Aleksanteri Institute)

    Friday 11.4.2014

  • 09.30 Poverty and inequality in Russia
    Dr. Daria Popova (European University Institute)
  • 10.30 Transformation of rural livelihoods in Baltic countries and Russia
    Dr. Jouko Nikula (Aleksanteri Institute)
  • 11.30 Welfare crisis and family policies in Russia
    Dr. Meri Kulmala (Aleksanteri Institute)

The seminar is organised by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies The Choices of Russian Modernisation and the Doctoral Programme for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES). Workshops for the doctoral students are arranged after the lectures.

    For more information on the seminar, please contact coordinator of the seminar Ira Jänis-Isokangas ira.janis-isokangas [at] helsinki.fi.

Registration by 4.4. via the e-form at