Programme Steering Committee

Professor of Social Policy, Dir­ector of the Pro­gramme

Dr Anne Kouvonen is the Director of Master's Programme in Contemporary Societies (COS). Anne is a Professor of Social Policy specialising in social inequalities. She is also Honorary Lecturer in the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast (UK), and Research Associate Professor in the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland. Anne is one of the Co-Investigators of the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC-NI) in Northern Ireland, which is a part of the UK-wide ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Network. Anne is also a senior researcher in the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoEAgeCare).

Anne’s research focuses on the relationship between social environment and health. In particular, she has been looking at the links between work environment and health. Her other interests regard the investigation of ageing and care; mental health, determinants of occupational injury; national trends in morbidity; and migrant health. Her research involves the application of social epidemiological methods and administrative record linkage and she has published 100+ peer reviewed papers in high ranking international journals.


Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Sarah Green is a professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and she spent 17 years teaching and researching at the University of Manchester. She specializes in the anthropology of location (the significance and value of being somewhere in particular), which in her research involves border relations, the EU, the Balkans, and the Aegean region. She is the author of many publications, including Notes From the Balkans. She also co-authored the book entitled Borderwork. She is currently working on two research projects concerning location in the Mediterranean region: an ERC Advanced Grant called Crosslocations; and an Academy of Finland grant called Transit, Trade and Travel.


Professor of Sociology
David Inglis is Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki. Before that, he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter and the University of Aberdeen. He holds degrees in sociology from the Universities of Cambridge and York. He writes in the areas of cultural sociology, the sociology of globalization, historical sociology, the sociology of food and drink, and social theory, both modern and classical. He has written and edited various books in these areas, most recently The Sage Handbook of Cultural Sociology and The Routledge International Handbook of Veils and Veiling Practices (with Anna-Mari Almila). He is founding editor of the Sage/BSA journal Cultural Sociology. His current research concerns the sociological analysis of the global wine industry.

Associate Professor of Development Studies

Most of my research has been based on extensive field research on socio-environmental and political economic dynamics in Latin America since 2003, but I have expanded my regional focus and expertise also to India and the Arctic since 2010. Publications include several articles and a book on the issues of capitalism and power relations, natural resource
politics, land grabbing, rural social movements, the politics of forestry and mining development and agrarian changes in various regions of the world.

My most recent book is Contentious agency and natural resource politics, and I am currently finishing a second book on the resistance to extractivism, with a focus on iron ore mining in Brazil and India. Recent publications have also included articles on the sustainability of forest policies in Brazil, Finland and Uruguay, as well as the global 'bioeconomy' of trees, including an analysis of their political and economic dynamics. I have also published on the rise of BRICs, and particularly the role of Brazil in this.

Currently I am focused on studying global commodity/natural resource frontiers, and how they change (and are changed through) physical, social and symbolic spaces in the Amazon and the Arctic.


Associate Professor of Sociology

Lena Näre is tenure track Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki and Editor-in-Chief of Nordic Journal of Migration Research. She holds a DPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on migration, work, transnational mobilities, intersectional analyses, gender, care, ageing and ethnographic methods. Her work has been published e.g. in Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Men and Masculinities, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She has edited a book on Transnational Migration and Home in Older Age with Katie Walsh for Routledge (2016) and a co-authored with Vaiva research collective entitled Hoivan arvoiset for Gaudeamus. She is vice-president of European Sociological Association (2017-2019).


Senior Lecturer of Social Psychology

Vesala's research interests include theories of agency in social psychology, qualitative methodologies, and the constructions of entrepreneurship in small business, farming and public policy.