Social and Public Policy

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Social and Public Policy is an applied social science that explores the structure and functioning of welfare states from the perspective of social risks, such as unemployment, illness, disability, the birth of children or old age. Social and public policy delves into issues of welfare distribution and social inequality. Research in social and public policy focuses on poverty, sustainable welfare, unemployment and obstacles to employment, health differences, ageing, and social scientific disability studies.

The discipline of social and public policy investigates issues of social inequality and welfare, their distribution and related policies as well as ways to promote welfare and equality. Key research topics include social policy, urban issues, environmental policy and ageing.

Research in social and public policy focuses on poverty, sustainable welfare, unemployment and obstacles to employment, health differences, aging, and social scientific disability studies. The discipline also investigates the use of research-based information particularly during major changes in environmental policy.

Research projects

  • Anne Kouvonen: Using data linkage to investigate the mental health of migrants
  • Decentralizing Finland’s energy regime: The triggers and dynamics of transition (DEFEND)
    (project funded by the Academy of Finland New Energy Research Programme 2015–2018)
  • Potential of continuous cover forestry for climate change mitigation, wood production and biodiversity protection (CONBIO) (project funded by the Helsinki University Centre for Environment (HENVI) 2015–2018)

More research projects involving the discipline are listed in the University of Helsinki research portal

For more information about research and grant-funded researchers, see the University of Helsinki research portal.

Discipline coordinator: University Lecturer Arho Toikka.

Professors
HH
Heikki
Hiilamo
Professor
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
Janne
Hukkinen
Professor
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social and economic geography, Cognitive science, Environmental sciences

Professor of environmental policy
Environmental Policy Research Group (EPRG)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Homepage: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/jahukkin/

AK
Anne Maria
Kouvonen
Professor
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Social policy, Sociology

Assistant Professors and Associate Professors
Hisayo
Katsui
Associate Professor
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Other social sciences, Development Studies
KK
Kathrin
Komp-Leukkunen
Associate Professor
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Sociology, Social policy
IP
Ilkka
Pietilä
Assistant Professor
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

University Lecturers
NJ
Nina
Janasik
University Lecturer
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
Anu
Katainen
University Lecturer
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Sociology, Social policy
US
Ulla-Maija
Seppälä
University Lecturer
Faculty Common Matters
Field of science Social policy
Arho
Toikka
University Lecturer
Faculty Common Matters
Field of science Social policy

Postdoctoral Researchers
JH
Jaakko
Harkko
Postdoctoral researcher
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
MH
Mika
Hyötyläinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
MY
Matti
Ylönen
Postdoctoral researcher
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Political science

Doctoral Students
CB
Chaitawat
Boonjubun
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
RK
Roope Oskari
Kaaronen
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy, Cognitive science, Psychology, Environmental sciences, Philosophy
KK
Kamilla
Karhunmaa
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Other social sciences, Social policy
AK
Antti
Kääriälä
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
Ville-Veikko
Pulkka
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy

I am a social and public policy researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. My doctoral research explores the implications of the digital economy for labour markets and social policy. Currently, I am conducting a European level analysis on the social and economic impacts of technological unemployment. The research, based on the EUROMOD microsimulation modelling, is part of Horizon2020 research project entitled BEYOND 4.0. In addition to my doctoral research, my current research focuses on political feasibility of basic income and Universal Credit.

Previously I worked as a researcher at the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, Kela. During my position at Kela, I was a member of the research group that was responsible for the preparations of the world’s first nationwide basic income experiment which was launched in Finland in January 2017. More recently, I have also worked as a visiting postgraduate scholar at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), the University of Bath and as a researcher on two different Prime Minister’s Office’s research projects. These projects have examined desirable futures for work, decision-making needs and social policy solutions.

Iris
Pykäläinen
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy
VR
Visa
Rantanen
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
HR
Helmi
Räisänen
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
HS
Haoxuan
Sa
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy
NS
Nuriiar
Safarov
Doctoral Student
Social and Public Policy

University Researchers
JL
Jouni
Lahti
University Researcher
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Health sciences, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
AS
Amir
Sariaslan
University Researcher
Social and Public Policy
Field of science Social policy, Neurology and psychiatry, Statistics and probability

 

Postal and street address for social and public policy

PO Box 18 (Unioninkatu 35)
00014 University of Helsinki

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