NETWORK FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES
Operating since 2003, the Network for European Studies aims to strengthen and coordinate European studies at all University of Helsinki faculties. The multidisciplinary nature of European studies provides the basis for the network and is an important precondition for its operations. The purpose of the network is to increase collaboration between researchers, and strengthen the general role and visibility of European studies. The network also provides and coordinates teaching and supervision in the field.
Topics of research include interaction between European societies, collaboration, integration and related institutions, European political systems, ideologies and tendencies, the impact of global changes, and the role of Europe in international politics. In addition, the Network for European Studies aims to promote the use of research on Europe and the European Union in public debate and policy-making.
INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY AND LEGAL POLICY
The Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy is a research institute that has been allocated special national duties. The Institute’s predecessor until 2014 was the National Research Institute of Legal Policy. The current Institute’s research is characterised by multidisciplinary perspectives that combine the social sciences with law, as well as international and comparative approaches.
Research in criminology encompasses topics related to crime and control structures. Core areas of research in criminology include the reasons for crime along with its scope and features as well as the development of crime’s indicators. Key themes of research into control structures include the development of systems of criminal policy, the prevention of crime, and the application and impact of sanctions. Central areas of research in legal policy include legislative processes, the monitoring and assessment of legislative reforms and legal practices, the legal status of natural persons, and the operations of legal institutions that affect the availability of rights.
CONSUMER SOCIETY RESEARCH CENTRE
The Consumer Society Research Centre studies the development of consumption and the consumer society as well as connections between cultural, social, economic and political phenomena and consumers and the consumer society. The research is problem-based and multidisciplinary, and its themes include data, self and society; food, health and wellbeing; innovation, market disruptions and value creation; public engagement; sustainable technologies, practices and places; and wealth, money and debt. The research uses qualitative, quantitative and participatory methods, and includes action research and support for the development of innovations.