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1987 …2021

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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.