Population Research Unit (PRU)

  • Finland

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Population Research Unit (PRU) is a section in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki in Finland.

The research of the unit covers a wide range of topics from the analyses of mortality, health and ageing to family demography, social mobility and social exclusion. In addition to studies focusing on the Finnish society many studies are conducted in international collaboration with colleagues from other European countries, East-Asia and the United States. The Population Research Unit focuses on quantitative research and uses extensively Finnish longitudinal register data as well as survey questionnaires, clinical data and their different combinations from various countries.

The unit collaborates with doctoral seminar Population, Health and Living Conditions (a sub-programme of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences) that focuses on advanced quantitative social research. The unit forms an integral part of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Population, Health and Society that received the highest recognition in the latest research and doctoral training assessment exercise at the University of Helsinki. The head of the Population Research Unit is Pekka Martikainen, Professor of Demography.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects 2012 2022

Publications 2012 2019

Kirjeääni matkalla maailmalta: ulkosuomalaisten poliittisen osallisuuden toteutuminen

Peltoniemi, J. E. M., Lahtinen, H. A. & Wass, H. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Yhteiskuntapolitiikka. 2019, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Living arrangements of older persons in 1987–2035 in Finland: trends by age, sex and educational attainment

Martikainen, P., Murphy, M., Moustgaard, H. & Mikkonen, J., Feb 2019, In : Ageing and Society. 39, 2, p. 358-380 23 p.

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Association between birth weight and educational attainment: an individual-based pooled analysis of nine twin cohorts

Jelenkovic, A., Mikkonen, J., Martikainen, P., Latvala, A., Yokoyama, Y., Sund, R., Vuoksimaa, E., Rebato, E., Sung, J., Kim, J., Lee, J., Lee, S., Stazi, M. A., Fagnani, C., Brescianini, S., Derom, C. A., Vlietinck, R. F., Loos, R. J. F., Krueger, R. F., Mcgue, M. & 13 othersPahlen, S., Nelson, T. L., Whitfield, K. E., Brandt, I., Nilsen, T. S., Harris, J. R., Cutler, T. L., Hopper, J. L., Tarnoki, A. D., Tarnoki, D. L., Sorensen, T. I. A., Kaprio, J. & Silventoinen, K., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 72, 9, p. 832-837 6 p.

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Association of current and former smoking with body mass index: A study of smoking discordant twin pairs from 21 twin cohorts

Piirtola, M., Jelenkovic, A., Latvala, A., Sund, R., Korhonen, M. T., Kaprio, J., Silventoinen, K. & collaboration group, CODAT., 12 Jul 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 7, e0200140 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Associations between birth size and later height from infancy through adulthood: An individual based pooled analysis of 28 twin cohorts participating in the CODATwins project

Jelenkovic, A., Yokoyama, Y., Sund, R., Hur, Y-M., Harris, J. R., Brandt, I., Nilsen, T. S., Ooki, S., Ullemar, V., Almqvist, C., Magnusson, P. K. E., Saudino, K. J., Stazi, M. A., Fagnani, C., Brescianini, S., Nelson, T. L., Whitfield, K. E., Knafo-Noam, A., Mankuta, D., Abramson, L. & 30 othersCutler, T. L., Hopper, J. L., Llewellyn, C. H., Fisher, A., Corley, R. P., Huibregtse, B. M., Derom, C. A., Vlietinck, R. F., Bjerregaard-Andersen, M., Beck-Nielsen, H., Sodemann, M., Krueger, R. F., McGue, M., Pahlen, S., Alexandra Burt, S., Klump, K. L., Dubois, L., Boivin, M., Brendgen, M., Dionne, G., Vitaro, F., Willemsen, G., Bartels, M., van Beijsterveld, C. E. M., Craig, J. M., Heikkilä, K., Pietiläinen, K. H., Ning, F., Kaprio, J. & Silventoinen, K., May 2018, In : Early Human Development. 120, p. 53-60 8 p.

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Activities 2000 2018

Tukholman yliopisto

Pekka Martikainen (Visiting researcher)
1 Sep 201830 Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

University College London

Pekka Martikainen (Visiting researcher)
12 Oct 20182 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

International Journal of Obesity (Journal)

Karri Silventoinen (Reviewer)
25 Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

The Social and Political Life of Methods

Liina Junna (Member of organizing committee)
22 Oct 201823 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

[Pediatrics] (Journal)

Karri Silventoinen (Reviewer)
22 Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

Eläkeläiset jyräävät nuoret aikuiset äänivallassa

Hannu Antero Lahtinen

11/01/2019

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Terveyden ja sairauden hämärä raja

Kari Aarne Olavi Tikkinen, Sirpa Rinta , Samuli Olli Ripatti & Karri Tapani Silventoinen

06/02/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media