About us

INEQ is a strategic, multidisciplinary research initiative of the University of Helsinki.

It brings together scholars from different strands of social sciences and humanities, posing interrelated questions of recognition, representation and responsibility. INEQ is funded by the Academy of Finland profiling action, and by the joint effort of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Medicine, as well as the Swedish School of Social Science.

  • recognize UH researchers and research communities (groups) that are relevant for understanding social and cultural inequalities, their sources and mechanisms and for developing ways to work against them;
  • connect research on inequality across UH and bring together this multidisciplinary capacity to allow research synergies to take place in a way where different groups and approaches support and challenge each other and enhance a more diverse and in-depth understanding of causes and consequences of contemporary inequalities;
  • facilitate development of new proposals to raise major research funding on inequality;
  • support the sharing and innovative combination of different kinds of data sets, methodologies and conceptual approaches in social sciences and humanities;
  • raise the quality and international academic impact of UH research on different forms of social inequalities and their interrelations;
  • build strategic international and national scientific networks for the INEQ –community and for UH in general;
  • produce multidisciplinary teaching modules that will widely benefit different study programmes;
  • facilitate interdisciplinary supervision and training for doctoral students with interests in inequalities;
  • strengthen the social impact of UH research on inequality.
Join us!

Join the INEQ Community!

INEQ affiliate scholars join the growing, internationally networked research community of scholars at University of Helsinki.  The membership is freely open for all Helsinki University scholars who have completed the Doctoral Degree or are members of the Helsinki University based doctoral programs and work with projects, issues and questions related to social and cultural inequalities and their consequences. INEQ is a multidisciplinary, cross-faculty initiative that aims for methodological diversity and welcomes different theoretical approaches.

INEQ affiliate scholars will be able to

  • identify with the Initiative with a double affiliation  
  • fully participate in the new interdisciplinary research community and its activities
  • apply for fellowship and visitors’ program and seed funding 
  • benefit from the contacts both nationally and internationally.

Criteria for INEQ affiliate scholars

  • A doctoral degree and affiliation with the University of Helsinki, OR
  • A membership in a doctoral program of the University of Helsinki
  • Ongoing research interest on inequality studies
  • Plans for future research work, project and application in the field of inequality research
  • Evidence of past and ongoing research (publications)

Apply for an INEQ affiliate scholarship online via E-form.

The affiliate scholars will be notified about the acceptance with some further instructions to join the INEQ community and its activities. The affiliates will be automatically added to the INEQ mailing list and research community on the UH Research Portal (where affiliates can select which of their activities are labelled as an part of the work of the INEQ community).