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Matilda Hellman

Research Director

  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 1A)



  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35), 205



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Personal profile

Research interests

Matilda Hellman, DSocSci, is an internationally recognized and awarded social scientist whose work concerns cultural understandings and articulations of addiction, lifestyles, health and social marginalization. Her research has furthered knowledge on the ways in which governance practice and institutions embed and produce views on questions such as drug use, alcohol policy, gambling, brain-based addiction and how it effects individuals, groups and societies. A central conceptual framework has been the welfare state in its many historical shapes and models.


Visiting scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 2018-

Consultant, World Health Organization, 2018-

Editor-in-chief, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD), since 2017-

Guest researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), 2016-

Research lead in various international research projects since 2005, the latest of which is an ongoing ERA-NET-consortium regarding brain based addiction’s implications for policy and governance.

Vice president, The Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol  (2015-2017), International Society of Addiciton Journal Editors, ISAJE (2018- )

University lecturer, sociology, University of Tampere, 2015-2017

Member, editorial boards of Addiction Research & Theory and Research in Gender Studies.

Media visibility. In June 2017 a study on the Nordic welfare state ethos i Finnish governmantal platforms since the 1950s was the most shared and reported news story from the university. In December 2017 Hellman was interviewed by the BBC World Service regarding Finland’s new alcohol act: Listen to interview at the

Description of research and teaching

I supervise seven doctoral students and lead several research projects.

I teach in the Social Science Masters Program, The English Contemporary Societies Program and in the Masters Program on Research and Leadership in the Social and Health Field

Visiting hours, Wednesdays at 9-11 AM (please, book in advance)

External positions

visting scholar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

Aug 2018May 2019

Editor in Chief, Nordic Studies of Alcohol and Drugs (NAD)

Jan 2016 → …

guest researcher, Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 517 Political science
  • 5142 Social policy
  • 518 Media and communications
  • 6122 Literature studies
  • 615 History and Archaeology

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

Publications 2002 2019

Open Access

An update report on policies for reducing the marketing of alcoholic beverages

Lindeman, M. & Hellman, C. M. E., 2019, 19 p. World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe.

Research output: Other contribution

Can gambling-funded research be non-biased? The case of section 52

Hellman, M., Dec 2019, In : Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 36, 6, p. 485-490 6 p., 1455072519886093.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Comorbidity and concurrence of problems: Overlooked, not under-researched

Hellman, M., 9 Sep 2019, In : Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 36, 5, p. 399-401 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Compliance with regulations and codes of conduct at social media accounts of Swedish alcohol brands

Lindeman, M., Katainen, A. H., Svensson, J., Kauppila, E. K. & Hellman, C. M. E., May 2019, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 38, 4, p. 386-390 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2008 2021

Agency as a Structuring Principle

Hellman, M.


Project: Research project

Online Marketing of Gambling

Hellman, M., Svensson, J., Kauppila, E., Wahlström, S. & Lindeman, M.

Project: Research project

Activities 2003 2021

The Kettil Bruun Society's annual symposium 2021 (Event)

Matilda Hellman (Board member), Pia Mäkelä (Board member), Thomas Karlsson (Board member), Anu Katainen (Board member), Helena Lohmann (Board member)
31 May 20214 Jun 2021

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

World Health Organization (WHO-euro) development of alcohol status update

Matilda Hellman (Scientific Committee Member)
2019 → …

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

Sanna Rönkä PhD dissertation (Event)

Matilda Hellman (Expert)
12 Jan 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Tutkimusyhteistyö §52 THL-ATS-CEACG (External organisation)

Matilda Hellman (Board member)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Strategic planning meeting

Matilda Hellman (Consultant), Tom Kettunen (Advisor), Christoffer Tigerstedt (Consultant)
8 Aug 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Press / Media

Debatt: Smygreklamen för alkohol i sociala medier måste försvinna

Matilda Hellman, Mikaela Lindeman & Johan Svensson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Monopolet ska minska spelproblemen

Matilda Hellman


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Spelberoende? Här är de tydligaste tecknen

Matilda Hellman


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Being without sports for a sports fan

Matilda Hellman


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media