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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, 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 succesfully worked as main MSc/BSc thesis supervisor in Sociology and 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 (

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Turku

External positions

Visiting fellow, University College Dublin

6 Jun 201731 Mar 2018


  • 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 2018

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

Largest university strike ever in the UK -what are the reasons?

Alho, R. J., 21 Mar 2018, In : Acatiimi : Professoriliiton, Tieteentekijöiden liiton ja Yliopistonlehtorien liiton lehti. 20, 2, p. 10-11 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Maahanmuuttajat palkkakuoppaan kotoutumaan?

Alho, R. J. & Varjonen, S. A., 16 Nov 2018, Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Obituary of Dr Annika Forsander in The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration's (ETMU) Blog

Alho, R. J., 8 May 2018, In : Etmu-blog. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalOther articlesScientific

Projects 2005 2020

TEMS: The Effects of Marketization on Societies: the case of Europe

Alho, R. J. & Greer, I.


Project: Research project_Research

A research project on highly educated migrant's job searching strategies

Alho, R. J., Nylund, M., Turunen-Zwinger, S. & Pertti, K.


Project: Research project_Research

Activities 2011 2018

Universidade de Lisboa

Rolle Alho (Visiting researcher)
17 Sep 201812 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies (Journal)

Rolle Alho (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Nordic Journal of Migration Research (Journal)

Rolle Alho (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Whose interests? A Comparative Study on Trade Unions’ Responses to Migration and Migrants in Finland, Ireland, and Portugal

Rolle Alho (Attendee)
3 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Presentation on my current research at the University of Leeds /the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)

Rolle Alho (Speaker)
18 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Estonians working in Finland aspire to social citizenship

Rolle Julius Alho


1 item of media coverage

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Interview for the magazine of the Service Union United

Rolle Julius Alho


1 item of media coverage

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Interview for Green European Journal

Rolle Julius Alho


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

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

Rolle Julius Alho


1 media contribution

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