Researcher, part-time lecturerPhone: +358 50 436 5458
I currently work as a sociology researcher within PERLA (Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research), in the consortium “Finnish childcare policies: in/equality in focus,” (principal investigator Maarit Alasuutari, Department of Education, University of Jyväskylä), in Team 4, led by Katja Repo, PERLA, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere.
My research interests are:
- youth transition to adulthood
- school-to-work transitions
- concept of adulthood
- youth studies in cross-country comparison
- youth work / bridging youth work and youth research
I completed the PhD dissertation “The Illusion of the Prolongation of Youth - Transition to Adulthood among Finnish and French Female University Students" in 2012. In this qualitative study, I investigated Finnish and French female university students’ patterns of transition to adulthood and process of socio-economic integration. The research results highlight that the assumptions based around the prolongation of youth and delayed integration into adulthood are inaccurate. The previous generations became adult within significantly different societal conditions that are not comparable to the contemporary context. The younger generations simply respond to the changes postmodern societies face, and adapt to the current societal conditions with the tools offered to them. Simultaneously, they set up new pathways to adulthood, and in turn participate in redefining the current concept of adulthood. What require revaluation are therefore not only pathways of transitions, but the notion of adulthood itself.
My current research project “Bridging the gaps together. Incentives to establish cross-sectoral cooperation between actors of the youth sector,” is an empirical action-based research started in 2014. The study investigates the perspectives of youth workers on being young today and collaborating with youth researchers. The study also involves youth researchers. Workshops were conducted with youth workers and youth researchers. The project aims at encouraging more collaboration between youth workers and youth researchers in a first time, and later with other youth actors, in order to find more effective solutions, concrete tools and services to ease young people’s transition to adulthood and integration into society.
I originally come from France, and studied in the UK, where I obtained a Masters degree, before moving to Finland in 2005. I have now experienced three different types of cultural backgrounds and languages, and have knowledge on the functioning of three different types of education systems, labour markets, and processes of school-to-work transitions.
I became a member of the board of the ESA research network Youth and Generation in 2009, and was appointed for the position of network coordinator at the 11th ESA conference in 2013 for a two-year term. I am also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Youth Studies since 2014.
Researcher in the Finnish Academy STN consortium “Finnish childcare policies: in/equality in focus,” (principal investigator Maarit Alasuutari, Department of Education, University of Jyväskylä), Team 4, led by Katja Repo, PERLA (Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research), School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, 12.10.2015-30.6.2016.
Part-time project designer and coordinator for the Horizon 2020 project “Future Citizens, Future Publics: The Young Building Sustainable Societies” (Principal investigator: Prof. Päivi Honkatukia), for the call Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies/The Young as a Driver of Social Change (YOUNG-4-2015), 1.3.2015-31.5.2015.
Leader and coordinator for the project “Bridging the gaps together. Incentives to establish cross-sectoral cooperation between actors of the youth sector,” 1.9.2014-30.4.2015.
Doctoral student and researcher. Preparation of the doctoral thesis “The Illusion of the Prolongation of Youth – Transition to Adulthood among Finnish and French Female University Students,” School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, 2005-2012.
Researcher in the project “Twenty-Five and Something. Transition to Adulthood in Europe” led by Eriikka Oinonen, University of Tampere, 1.1.2006-31.12.2008.
Coordinator and lecturer for the course "SOS10.2.1 Youth Transition to Adulthood” at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities since spring 2012.
Coordinator and lecturer for the course "RANP5 French Society I" at the School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies since spring 2016.
Mary, A. (2015) 'Reassessing young people’s liminal position in late modernity'. In: F. Martínez and P. Runnel (eds.) Hopeless Youth! Publisher: Estonian National Museum, pp. 159–181.
Mary, A. (2014) 'Harmful reforms in the Finnish higher education system'. In: A. Gretschel, K. Paakkunainen, A-M. Souto and L. Suurpää (eds.) Nuorisotakuun arki ja politiikka. Helsinki: Nuorisotutkimusverkosto (Finnish Youth Research Network), Julkaisuja 150, pp. 162–165.
Mary, A. (2014) 'Nopea opiskelu haittaa työelämään siirtymistä'. Tampereen ylioppilaslehti Aviisi (University of Tampere student newspaper), 25.4.2014, pp. 28.
Mary, A. (2014) 'Re-evaluating the concept of adulthood and the framwork of transition'. Journal of Youth Studies, 17 (3), pp. 415–429.
Mary, A. (2013) ‘Recognising the changing nature of adulthood’. In: N. Jentl and J. Kaskinen (eds.) To Be Young! Youth and the Future. Proceedings of the Conference “To be Young! Youth and the Future,” 6−8 June 2012, Turku, Finland. University of Turku: Finland Futures Research Center, pp. 122–132. eBook available from:
Mary, A. (2012) The Illusion of the Prolongation of Youth – Transition to Adulthood among Finnish and French Female University Students. Tampere: Tampere University Press.
Mary, A. (2008) ‘Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Analysing Youth Transition to Adulthood in Finland and in France’. In I. Järventie and M. Lähde (eds.) Methodological Challenges in Childhood and Family Research. Tampere: Childhood and Family Research Unit Net Series, Tampere University Press.
Mary, A. (2006) ‘The emergence of a new developmental stage: ‘Twenhood’?’ In A. Oksanen, E. Paavilainen and T. Pösö (eds.) Comparing Children, Families and Risks. Tampere: Childhood and Family Research Unit Net Series, Tampere University Press.
Other research-related activities:
ESA (European Sociological Association) RN30 Youth and Generation network coordinator (2013–2015).
ESA (European Sociological Association) RN30 Youth and Generation vice-coordinator (2011–2013) and board member (2009–2011).
International editorial board member for the Journal of Youth Studies (2014– ).
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