Researchers

Centre for Consumer Research has over 40 researchers and other staff members from a wide variety of academic fields. Director of Centre for Consumer Society Research is Päivi Timonen.

Researchers
MC
Michele
Cantarella
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
VC
Vasileios
Charitsis
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Media and communications, Business and Management
Titiana
Ertiö
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Political science, Computer and information sciences, Economics, Sociology, Other natural sciences

I work as a Post-doctoral Researcher on topics related to participatory budgeting (BIBU  project, Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation, Strategic Research Council at Academy of Finland funded) and energy awareness (ECO2 project, Energy Conscious Consumers, Horizon 2020 funded)

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Visa
Heinonen
Professor
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Business and Management, Economic and Social History, Media and communications, Economics
Eva-Karin
Heiskanen
Professor
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Business and Management, Social policy


JH
Joel
Hietanen
Associate Professor
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Philosophy, Business and Management
MJ
Mikko
Jauho
University Researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Sociology


Tiila
Juuti
Centre for Consumer Society Research


Nina
Kahma
University Researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Social policy

I work as a Principal Investigator in ECO2 (Energy Conscious Consumers) project and as a researcher in FIT4RRI (Fostering Improved Tools for Responsible Research and Innovation). Both projects receive Horizon 2020 - funding.

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Tuija
Kajoskoski
Doctoral Student
Centre for Consumer Society Research


Ilja
Kavonius
University Researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Economic and Social History, Economics, Social policy, Statistics and probability

University researcher and adjunct professor specialised in the measurement of economic development and welfare. In particular, my research topics concentrate on the measurement of income, consumption and wealth. I have additionally researched the growth and distribution of income, consumption and wealth as well as the potential (balance sheet) risk of net wealth on economies. Besides the aforementioned research, I lecture at the university. I give an annual course in the master programme of social sciences on “Challenges of Globalization, Sustainable Development and Changing Society to the Measurement of Economies and Welfare”. I work 25% for the Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki and 75% for the European Central Bank.

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Katri
Koistinen
University Lecturer
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Social and economic geography
OK
Outi
Koskinen
Doctoral Student
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Sociology

I am working as a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Consumer Society Research. In my PhD, I study everyday food practices involving meat in Finnish households. I am interested in how these practices enact relations between humans, animals intertwined in food production, and the environment. Theoretically, my research is situated within practice theories and feminist care theories.

Salla-Maaria
Laaksonen
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Media and communications

I am a researcher of technology and communication (Dr. Soc.Sc), whose research interests are widely connected to communication, technology, organizations and organizing, and digital methods. My current work investigates the uses of data, algorithms and automation in organizations, as well as the logics of the hybrid media system in consumer-business relationships. I have a strong interest in methods and methodological development, in particular using computational methods and large data sets in social research.

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Minna
Lammi
University Researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Political science, Media and communications
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Anna-Riitta
Lehtinen
Project Planner
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Other social sciences
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Tuukka
Lehtiniemi
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Sociology

I'm an economic sociologist interested in how the uses we invent for new technologies are shaped by how we imagine the economy to work. My research concerns the data economy, data activism, ghost work and automated decision-making. In my upcoming doctoral thesis I examine alternative imaginaries about the data economy developed in the context of data activism. My work has been published in e.g. New Media & Society, Big Data & Society and Surveillance & society.

Ella
Lillqvist
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Business and Management, Media and communications, Languages

I am a postdoctoral researcher whose current interests include consumer debt and financial culture particularly in digital media contexts. I take a discursive perspective and focus broadly on how people navigate or resist oppressive cultural-economic systems.

Kaisa
Matschoss
University Researcher
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Economics
MP
Mika
Pantzar
Professor
Centre for Consumer Society Research
Field of science Economics, Business and Management, Sport and fitness sciences, Sociology

My current research interests focus on big data, large data sets of various forms (human physiology, netnography, social media etc.) (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/consumer-society-research-cent.... My former project (2006-2011) Co-production of innovations – Towards an integrative theory of practice within the Academy of Finland and Aalto University was finalized in co-authored book with Elizabeth Shove and Matt Watson Everyday life: The dynamics of social practice (SAGE, 2012). I have published articles widely within consumer research, design and technology studies, rhetoric of economic policy, food and future studies and systems research (e.g. in Design Issue, Design Journal, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Consumer Studies and Home Economics, World Futures; Journal of Futures Studies, Ethnologia Europaea, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Journal of Organizational Ethnography Health Sociology Review New Media & Society, Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, Consumption Markets & Culture). Major works are published in Finnish: Domestication of technology. From science of consumption to art of consumption (Tammi, 1996) was awarded both by the Finnish State and the Finnish Science Council. Future home - inventing needs for domestic appliances. (Otava, 2000) is widely used in many universities. Ja suomeksi vähän epävirallisemmin: Olen tutkijana kaikkiruokainen. Aloitin urani kansainvälisen talouden ja julkistalouden ekonomistina vuonna 1981 Taloudellisessa Suunnittelukeskuksessa ja tämän jälkeen olen toiminut lukuisissa eri tutkimuslaitoksissa ja -yksiköissä (mm. nykyisen Aalto-yliopiston kuudella eri laitoksella). Useimpia tutkimusteemojani on yhdistänyt kiinnostus muutoksen yleiseen dynamiikkaan. Monitieteisyys ja akateeminen uteliaisuus kiehtoo tänä päivänä yhtä paljon kuin aloittaessani aikoinaan tutkijan urani Kauppakorkeakoulun kansantaloustieteen laitoksella. Tämän päivän erityisenä kiinnostukseni kohteena ovat uudet massiiviset (digitaaliset) kvalitatiiviset ja kvantitatiiviset aineistot, ja mahdollisuus lähestyä niitä tuorein metodisin ja teoreettisin välinein. Toinen lempiteema on: ”Economics of sport, health and happiness”. Uusia näkökulmia akateemiseen kuluttajatutkimukseen olen kehittänyt tarkastelemalla muun muassa talouden, kehon ja mielen rytmejä niin sanotun rytmitalouden ja käytäntöteorian viitekehyksissä. Sosiaalisen median tunnedynamikka on uusin tutkimusalueeni. Tutkimustyötäni värittää pyrkimys ylittää tuottajan ja kuluttajan vastakkainasetteluja. Tähän liittyen sain vuonna 1997 Valtion tiedonjulkistamispalkinnon Kuinka teknologia kesytetään -kirjastani. Luottamus on toimivan talouden edellytys. Luottamuksen rakentamisen tarvitaan kriittistä tutkimusta. Yhtä tärkeä on dialogi eri markkinaosapuolien välillä. Omassa työssäni tämä on näkynyt sekä yrityksenä osallistua julkiseen keskusteluun että runsaana yleisesitelmien pitämisenä. Tieteellisiä artikkeleita olen julkaissut kymmenittäin ja eri tiedotusvälineissä olen esiintynyt satoja kertoja. Tällä hetkellä olen vakituinen Kauppalehden kolumnisti ja Yleisradion ”Pyöreän pöydän” jäsen.

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