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Description of research and teaching

I am a PhD candidate in political history specialised in welfare state history and intellectual and conceptual history. In my forthcoming dissertation, For the Society, Nation and Folk: Non-Governmental Organisations, Public Policy and Expertise in 1930s–60s Finland (in Finnish), I study Finnish social and health policy organisations as public policy experts and policy actors. The objective is to highlight how Finnish NGOs have played an important part in the contingent construction process of the Finnish welfare state during the 1930s–1960s.

The studied organisations are the Finnish Population and Family Welfare League (Väestöliitto), the Public Health Organisation of Swedish Finland (Samfundet Folkhälsan), the Finnish Federation for Social Welfare (Sosiaalihuollon Keskusliitto) and the Social Policy Association in Finland (Sosiaalipoliittinen yhdistys). I analyse how these actors have constructed social phenomena into social problems, as well as how they have constructed their expertise and utilised it as an instrument for political power.

My supervisors are Professor Pauli Kettunen (political history) and Associate Professor Johan Strang (Nordic studies). My work has been funded by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and Kone Foundation.

My research interests include knowledge and expertise, social inequality and social policy, gender history, history of medicine and health policy, urban history and housing policy as well as non-governmental organisations.

Education/Academic qualification

Political History, Master of Social Sciences

1 Aug 201030 Jan 2013

Political History, Bachelor of Social Sciences

1 Aug 200623 Jun 2010

Fields of Science

  • 5201 Political History
  • 5142 Social policy

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

Publications

From barracks to garden cities: The Finnish Population and Family Welfare League as a housing policy expert in the 1940s and 1950s

Bergenheim, S., 2020, In : Science & technology studies. 33, 2, p. 120-138 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Cherishing the health of the people: Finnish non-governmental expert organisations as constructors of public health and the ‘people’

Bergenheim, S., 1 Mar 2018, Conceptualising Public Health: Historical and Contemporary Struggles Over Key Concepts. Kananen, J., Bergenheim, S. & Wessel, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 101–118 18 p. (Routledge Studies in Public Health).

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

Conceptualising public health: An introduction

Bergenheim, S. M. C., Edman, J., Kananen, J. K. & Wessel, M., 2018, Conceptualising Public Health : Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts. Kananen, J., Bergenheim, S. & Wessel, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 1–17 17 p. (Routledge Studies in Public Health).

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

Conceptualising Public Health: Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts

Kananen, J. K. (ed.), Bergenheim, S. M. C. (ed.) & Wessel, M. (ed.), 1 Mar 2018, Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 227 p. (Routledge Studies in Public Health)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Projects

Social Policy Reforms Database

Bergenheim, S.

01/01/201731/12/2019

Project: Other project

Activities

  • 26 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 2 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 2 Academic visit to other institution
  • 1 Public Talks

HEX Conference 2020

Sophy Bergenheim (Speaker: Presenter)
3 Mar 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Teknik- och vetenskapshistoriska dagar

Sophy Bergenheim (Speaker: Presenter)
27 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Historisk tidskrift för Finland (Journal)

Sophy Bergenheim (Reviewer)
2019

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

European Association for the History of Medicine and Health conference 2019

Sophy Bergenheim (Speaker: Presenter)
28 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

27th Nordic Medical History Congress

Sophy Bergenheim (Speaker: Presenter)
25 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars