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Tutkimuksen ja opetuksen kuvaus

Anna Simola holds a PhD in sociology. She is an FNRS postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Families and Sexualities (CIRFASE) at IACS, at the UCLouvain. She is also a member of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Ageing and Care (RG3 Migration, Care and Ageing) at the University of Helsinki.

In her research, she develops a critical orientation and novel approaches for the study of free mobility in Europe. Her broad areas of interest cover the intersections of migration, families, work and social policies, and the associated issues of freedom, vulnerability, precarity, aging, dependency, and inequality. Her subject-oriented, qualitatively comparative investigations address the parallel influence of structural forces, and personal life forces (affinities, passions) in shaping transnational mobility and living.  Her research has been published in leading journals such as Sociology, Journal of European social policy, Work, employment and society and Global Networks.   

Anna’s current postdoctoral research project (2022-2025), funded by Le Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), aims at developing a novel orientation for the study of mobility and transnational family life that brings together cutting-edge theoretisation in sociology of personal life and research on human mobility and transnational families. Set in the context where people are confronted with growing uncertainties related to major transnational crises such as the recent pandemic, the climate crisis and wars escalating in Europe and its vicinity, the study investigates EU migrants’ multidimensional connections with the people and places that matter to them. It seeks to understand how such potent forces shape not only their experience of transnational living, but also more concretely their movements and lives in conditions of free mobility. Anna is working on this study at the University of Louvain, in Belgium, where her promotor is professor Laura Merla. 

Anna obtained her PhD at the University of Helsinki in 2021. Her PhD research titled Passionate Mobile Citizens or Precarious Migrant Workers? Young EU Migrants, Neoliberal Governance and Inequality within the Free Movement Regime" investigated young European Union (EU) citizens experiences of free mobility in precarious labour conditions. Between November 2018 and October 2020, she worked on her PhD study as a visiting researcher at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). From September 2022 until September 2023, she prepared her postdoctoral project as a visiting researcher at CIRFASE at the UCLouvain with a funding from Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Fund. Starting from 2018, she has also been involved in the research work and various publications undertaken at the Centre of Excellence for Research on Aging and Care (RG 3 Migration, Care and Ageing), as well as the Academy of Finland research project ‘Citizenisation in the Local Welfare State’.




Koulutus / tieteellinen pätevyys

sosiologia, valtieotieteiden tohtori, Helsingin yliopisto

Myöntöpäivä: 7 syysk. 2021


Asemat yliopiston ulkopuolella

Visiting Researcher, University of Manchester

15 toukok. 20232 kesäk. 2023

FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher, Universite Catholique Louvain

1 syysk. 202231 elok. 2025

Vieraileva tutkijatohtori, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

1 syysk. 2021 → …

Vieraileva tutkija, Free University of Brussels (VUB)

1 marrask. 201831 lokak. 2020


  • 5141 Sosiologia
  • sociology of work
  • migration
  • citizenship
  • European Union
  • welfare policy
  • 5142 Sosiaali- ja yhteiskuntapolitiikka
  • 518 Media- ja viestintätieteet
  • 5145 Sosiaalityö

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