Matilda Hellman

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Research interests

Matilda Hellman, DSocSci, is a sociologist, whose work on lifestyle- and health-related phenomena has been awarded and recognized internationally.
Hellman's 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. Selection of engagements:

Chair, Gender Policy in Editorial Work Force Committee, European Association of Science Editors (EASE)

President, International Society of Addiciton Journal Editors, ISAJE, 2020-

Chair, The evaluation group on gambing-related harm, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health, 2019-2021

Consultant, World Health Organization, 2018-

Visiting scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 2018-2019

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

Guest researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), 2016-2020

Since 2012, adjuct/ associate professor, subject of sociology, University of Helsinki.

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.

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 the Doctoral programme in social sciences, Social Science Masters Program, The 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.