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Description of research and teaching

I am an Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki. Upon international competition I was granted in 2017 a three-year grant (245.632 euro) from the Academy of Finland for my research project: Whose Interests? A comparative study on trade unions responses to migration and migrants in Finland, Ireland, and Portugal.

My research interests lie at the cross-roads of migration, ethnic relations, and the labour markets. Currently I am responsible for teaching two master level courses at the University of Helsinki that I have set up personally: Politics of Immigration and Sociology of Work. I have also conducted research and lectured on e.g., the following topics: temporary migration, transnationalism, migration and social security, multiculturalism, globalisation, and international student mobility. I hold a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Turku, and a MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

I have worked as a researcher at three Finnish Universities and as a visiting researcher at the University of Lisbon, University College Dublin, Wissenscaftzentrum Berlin (Research Unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization)
and at the University of Leeds (the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change CERIC), and the Family Federation, Finland.

I have consulted, co-operated with numerous Finnish and international organisations such as the Finnish Red Cross, International Organisation for Migration IOM, Eurofound, trade unions, The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) on questions related to my research topics. I have been interviewed on my research numerous times for Finnish media, including the evening news of the three main TV-channels, the largest Finnish newspapers, and radio.

I have worked as main MSc/BSc/Phd thesis supervisor in Sociology/Social policy. I am open for national and international research co-operation (including funding applications) and suggestions of supervising duties at BSc/MSc/PhD levels. Please feel free to contact me (rolle.alho@helsinki.fi)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Turku

External positions

Visiting Fellow, University of Lisbon

17 Sep 20187 Dec 2018

Visiting Fellow, University of Leeds

15 Jan 201826 Jan 2018

Visiting fellow, University College Dublin

6 Jun 201731 Mar 2018

Visiting Fellow, The WZB Berlin Social Research Center

1 Jun 201331 Dec 2013


  • 5141 Sociology
  • 5142 Social policy
  • 517 Political science
  • 999 Others
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Migration
  • Labour market
  • 516 Educational sciences

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

Publications 2008 2019

Arbetskraftsmigrationen måste ske etiskt hållbart

Alho, R., 6 May 2019, In : Hufvudstadsbladet. 121, 155, p. 13 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Estonian Migrants' Aspiration for Social Citizenship in Finland: Embracing the Finnish Welfare State and Distancing from the 'Non-deserving'

Alho, R. J. & Sippola, M., 17 May 2019, In : Journal of international migration and integration. 20, 2, p. 341-359 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

What Should We Think of Basic Income?

Alho, R., 22 May 2019, In : Acatiimi : Professoriliiton, Tieteentekijöiden liiton ja Yliopistonlehtorien liiton lehti. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateProfessional

In Memoriam Annika Forsander 1968-2018

Alho, R. J. & Martikainen, T., 2018, In : Siirtolaisuus - Migration. 44, 2, p. 47 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateScientific

Projects 2005 2020

Activities 2011 2019

PhD thesis supervisor of Yuan Yi.

Rolle Alho (Supervisor)

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

University of Lund: Participation in a workshop on labour market protection in the Nordic countries

Rolle Alho (Participant)
27 Mar 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Invited talk at the University of Limerick, Ireland

Rolle Alho (Invited speaker)
6 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Estonians working in Finland aspire to social citizenship

Rolle Alho


1 item of media coverage

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Soome ajaleht: meie heaoluühiskond tõmbab ligi eestlastest migrante

Rolle Alho


1 media contribution

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Interview for the magazine of the Service Union United

Rolle Alho


1 item of media coverage

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Interview for Green European Journal

Rolle Alho


1 media contribution

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Obituary of Dr, Docent Annika Forsander (1965-2018)

Rolle Alho


1 media contribution

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