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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Dr. Anna Simola is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence for Research on Ageing and Care (RG 3 Migration, Care and Ageing) at the University of Helsinki and a visiting researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Families and Sexualities (CIRFASE) at the IACCHOS Institute of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). Her research interests range from sociology of personal life to critical research on EU migration, precarity, street-level welfare states and neoliberal governmentality. Her current research investigates how contemporary crises affect the lives of European transnational families. 

Anna obtained her PhD at the University of Helsinki in 2021. Her PhD reseach titled "Passionate Mobile Citizens or Precarious Migrant Workers? Young EU Migrants, Neoliberal Governance and Inequality within the Free Movement Regime" investigated young European Union (EU) citizens’ experiences of free mobility in precarious labour conditions. 

Until the late 2010 she worked at the University of Tampere as a project researcher on issues related to migration, labour migration and economic press at the Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication.

Education/Academic qualification

sociology, Doctor in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 7 Sep 2021


External positions

visiting reseacher, Leuven university

1 Sep 2021 → …

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.