Sirpa Wrede

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Research fields:

  • Globalisation and  work and occupations, inequalities in working life
  • Welfare state and diversity
  • Theories on professionalism and citizenship
  • Sociology of health and health care
  • Comparative social  research and qualitative comparative methods

Ongoing research projects:

  • Centre of Excellence for Research on Ageing and Care Research: Group 3 Migration, Care and Ageing. Project leader. (Academy of Finland, 2018-2025)
  • Lääkäreiden urapolkujen kapeikot, umpikujat ja kiihdytyskaistat. Sairaala- ja terveyskeskusurajärjestelmien sosiaalinen kestävyys. Projektinjohtaja. (Työsuojelurahasto, 2020-2022) / Career Paths of Medical Doctors. The Social Sustainability of Hospital and Health Centre Career Systems. Project leader. (The Finnish Work Environment Fund, 2020-2022)

Completed research projects:

  • The Shaping of Occupational Subjectivities of Migrant Care Workers: A Multi-Sited Analysis of Glocalising Elderly Care. (Academy of Finland, University of Helsinki, Jan Magnus Janssons Fond, 2010-2015)
  • Glocal Care Work and Negotiations on Occupational Subjectivities: The Rise of New Ethnic Hierarchies. (2010-2014)
  • Mothers and Workers? Women’s Movements and the Gendered Development of Social Rights in Canada, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, 1870-1950 (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,  2006-2009)
  • The position of immigrants in Finnish working life. (The Finnish Work Environment Fund, 2007-2008)
  • The New Dynamics of Professionalism within Caring Occupations. (Academy of Finland, 2003-2008)

Most important professional appointments:

  • 1/4/2019 - Professor, sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences & Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki
  • 1/1/2018-31/12/2025 Centre of Excellence for Research on Ageing and Care, Vice leader.
  • 1.8.2013-31.3.2019 University Lecturer in Sociology (appointed in 2010)
  • 1.8.2015-31.7.2016 Professor, Ethnic Relations
  • 1/8/2008 – 31/12/2008 Senior Researcher, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki.
  • 1/8/2003-31/7/2008 Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland.
  • 1/1/2002 – 31/7/2002 Senior Lecturer (substitute) tf överassistent, Åbo Akademi University.
  • 1/1/1995-31/12/2001 and 1/8/2002-31/7/2003 Co-investigator, Dept of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University (Academy of Finland project Service Professions in Transition.)
  • 1/1/1995-31/12/1998 Researcher in the doctoral program Population, Health and Living Conditions administered by University of Helsinki placed at Dept of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University.

Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, sociology, Åbo Akademi University, 2001

Title of Docent, sociology, University of Helsinki, 2005



Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, sociology, Åbo Akademi University, 2001

Fields of Science

  • 514 Sociology
  • 5141 Sociology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.