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Description of research and teaching

Anna Simola is a PhD researcher in sociology and affiliated researcher at the Centre of Excellence for Research on Ageing and Care at the University of Helsinki. In 2019-2020 she was also a visiting researcher at the Cosmopolis Center for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Her PhD research examines the effects of labour market precarity for young people’s intra-EU mobility from a multi-disciplinary perspective, combining approaches of critical migration research, comparative welfare state research, sociology of work, and governmentality studies. Her current research focuses on transnational family lives and care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has published in international journals such as Journal of European Social Policy and Work, Employment and Society

In 2008, Anna received her MSc in sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere, Finland. Until late 2010, she worked as a researcher at the University of Tampere at the Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, where she collaborated on projects on issues related to labour migration, migrants’ media use and economic press. She has a number of publications in Finnish in the field of Media and Communication. In 2010, she also obtained a postgraduate Master in European Studies from a program organized jointly by the Institute of European Studies at the UCLouvain, and the Belgian–Italian Chamber of Commerce, Belgium. 

Anna has participated in teaching courses ‘Sosiologian metodologiat’ (Methodologies in sociology) and Critical Readings of Globalization at the Faculty of Social Sciences.  

Education/Academic qualification


External positions

Visiting Researcher, Free University of Brussels (VUB)

1 Nov 201831 Oct 2020

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 518 Media and communications
  • 5145 Social work

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.
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