People

Meet our people! Here you find researchers, doctoral students, research assistants and affiliates associated with the Helsinki Institute for Demography and Population Health.

The Head of the Institute is Pekka Martikainen. For collaborations and research inquiries, please feel free to contact us.

Head of the Helsinki Institute for Demography and Population Health

Current research interests include changes and causes of socioeconomic differences in cause-specific mortality, and various issues relating to ageing populations. He is also working on the health effects of marital status and living arrangements, as well as the competing effects of characteristics of areas and characteristics of individuals on mortality, and has been involved in cross-national comparisons of health inequalities.

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Teaching staff

Research topics:
Social determinants of neurodevelopmental disorders and their consequences
Union stability and mental health in families with children: the role of grandparents

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Research staff

Research topics:
Socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality
COVID-19

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Inequalities in mental health
Housing conditions and health
Intergenerational transmission of wealth and inequalities

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Family formation in flux

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Sociodemographic and health related determinants of electoral participation 
Social stratification and mobility 
ERC Advanced Grant on social inequalities in population health: integrating evidence from longitudinal, family-based and genetically informed data

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Alcohol policies shaping population health and various other interests
Life course and economic implications of demographic change (LIFECON)

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Mortality, ageing, their links with family and intergenerational relations, and their inequalities

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Family Formation in Flux 
Romantic relationship histories
High performance computing

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Family formation in flux

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Cognitive impairment, disability, cardiovascular disease and their sociodemographic disparities  
Loneliness
Multistate modelling and causal inference modelling

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Socioeconomic position and ADHD

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Family formation in flux
Fertility 
Immigration
Union Dynamics
Social Inequalities 
 

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Childhood circumstances and health inequalities among older people

Technical and research assistants
Affiliates

Mikko Aaltonen (D.Soc.Sc.)

University of Eastern Finland
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Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Sari Aaltonen (Ph.D.)

University of Helsinki
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Akseli Aittomäki (Ph.D.)

Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Christina Bohk-Ewald (Ph.D.)

University of Helsinki
Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Elina Brandt (née Mäenpää) (D.Soc.Sc.)

Helsinki Region Transport

Kimmo Herttua (D.Soc.Sc.)

Syddansk Universitet
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Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Aline Jelenkovic (Ph.D.)

Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Fanny Kilpi (D.Soc.Sc.)

University of Bristol
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Hanna Konttinen (D.Soc.Sc.)

University of Helsinki
Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Maria Guzman Castillo (Ph.D.)

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Taina Leinonen (D.Soc.Sc.)

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
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Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Netta Mäki (D.Soc.Sc.)

City of Helsinki Urban Facts
netta.maki@hel.fi
Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Jessica Nisén (D.Soc.Sc.)

University of Turku
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Amir Sari­aslan (Ph.D.)

University of Helsinki
Publications and other activities at the University of Helsinki

Kateryna Savelieva (Ph.D.)

University of Helsinki
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Outi Sirniö (D.Soc.Sc.)

THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare)
outi.sirnio@thl.fi

Maria Valaste (D.Soc.Sc.)

University of Helsinki
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Professor emeritus Tapani Valkonen

The Professor of Sociology and Demography in 1977-2007 and the founder of the Population Research Unit.

Scientific autobiography in Finnish “Käytännöllisiä ja hyödyllisiä ongelmia: Puoli vuosisataa sosiaalitutkijana [Practical and useful problems: Half a century as a social scientist]”, University of Helsinki, 2012.