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Pekka Sulkunen

1987 …2020

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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Employment record

  • Professor of Sociology at University of Helsinki since 1.8.2000, appointed 1.4.2001.
  • Senior scientist (Academy of Finland) 2004-2005 and 2010-2011.
  • Appointed as professor of Sociology at the University of Turku in 1997 (on leave of absence until 2000).
  • Docent at the University of Helsinki since 1983 and since 1988 at the University of Jyväskylä.

Previous appointments: Acting professor of sociology at the University of Helsinki 1989-1990. Research professor in Stakes 1997-2000. First choice by the external assessment panel for the chair of sociology at the University of Tampere, Finland, 1997. Research fellow at the Social Research Institute of Alcohol Studies 1980-2000, director in 1983-1986.

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Description of research and teaching

What I do in sociology

My research expertise consists of two lines: theories of addiction and public sector research. I am leader of an international Research Consortium “Theories and Images of Addiction” (Images) and supervisor in a research area of the FP7 Consortium ALICE RAP led by Prof. Peter Anderson. My reserach area in this consortium is coordinated by Dr. Matilda Hellman. Public sector research concerns a wide array of issues in which the state, the market and civic organizations control, care or cure the life of citizens. I am author of The Saturated Society: Governing Risk and Lifestyle in Consumer Culture (Sage 2009), editor of Projektiyhteiskunnan kääntöpuolia (Flipsides of the Project Society (with Kati Rantala, Gaudeamus 2007) and many articles concerning the role of the public sphere in contemporary capitalism.

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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


Setting Limits: Gambling, Science and Public Policy: summary of results

Sulkunen, P., Babor, T., Cisneros-Örnberg, J., Egerer, M., Hellman, M., Livingstone, C., Marionneau, V., Nikkinen, J., Orford, J., Room, R. & Rossow, I., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction. 10.1111/add.15241.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Political Economy of Gambling project (PolEG): Data report

Marionneau, V., Berret, S., Lähteenmaa, J. E., Nikkinen, J. & Sulkunen, P., 2020, Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research. 76 p. (Publications of the Faculty of Social Sciences; no. 160)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Setting Limits: Gambling, Science and Public Policy

Sulkunen, P. J., Babor, T. F., Cisneros Ornberg, J., Egerer, M. D., Hellman, C. M. E., Livingstone, C., Marionneau, V. K., Nikkinen, J. T., Orford, J., Room, R. & Rossow, I., 26 Dec 2018, Oxford University Press. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

The Public Interest Approach to Gambling Policy and Research

Sulkunen, P. J., 2018, Gambling Policies in European Welfare States: Current Challenges and Future Prospects. Egerer, M., Marionneau, V. & Nikkinen, J. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 275-296 22 p. (Work and Welfare in Europe).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The two sides of public health

Sulkunen, P. J., 1 Apr 2018, In : Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 35, 2, p. 91-92 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateScientific

Open Access


CEACG: University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance

Hellman, M., Egerer, M., Nikkinen, J., Marionneau, V., Alanko, A., Rönkä, S., Kotanen, R., Ruuska, A., Kankainen, V., Obstbaum, Y., Katainen, A., Perälä, J., Sulkunen, P., Perälä, R., Määttä, M., Karekallas, M., Kauppila, E. & Koivula, P.


Project: Research project

Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe. Reframing Addictions Project (2011-2016)

Hellman, M., Egerer, M., Anderson, P., Berridge, V., Thom, B., Rehm, J., Meier, P., Disley, E., Nutt, D., Buehringer, G., Baumberg, B., Miller, D., Colom, J., Trautman, F., Fjaer, S., Conrod, P., Wiers, R., Faggiano, F., Gual, A., Mittlemark, M. & Sulkunen, P.


Project: Research project

Life Regulation Practices and the Nature-Culture Problem

Sulkunen, P., Kilpinen, E., Arppe, T., Katainen, A., Jallinoja, P., Mäkelä, J. & Niva, M.


Project: Research project


European Sociological Association (External organisation)

Pekka Sulkunen (Chair)

8 Sep 2011 → …

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


Pekka Sulkunen (Speaker: Presenter)

13 Mar 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Institutional Footprints of the Addiction Image

Pekka Sulkunen (Supervisor)

12 Sep 2014

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis


Pekka Sulkunen (Attendee)

13 Mar 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks