The discipline of Social Policy has specialised in study of the new development forms of the welfare state (including new welfare and social services), citizenship and participation, family and childhood, as well as work and employment (to contain unpaid and informal care work also).
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Care, care policy and care services are studied in the discipline of social policy. Care research is conducted nationally, internationally and comparatively. Central research themes are informal care, home as a site of care, care services, marketisation of care and new forms of governance in care. Care research is concentrated on the Research Group on Care and Social Policy (CaSo) which includes both senior researchers and PhD students. Different methods, data and theoretical approaches are applied in care research.
Professor Anneli Anttonen
University Instructor, Researcher Olli Karsio
Postdoctoral Researcher Liina Sointu
Professor Liisa Häikiö
Postdoctoral Researcher Pauliina Lehtonen
OMAgroup is a multidisciplinary research team focusing on the relations between daily life, public participation, social services and governance especially in urban contexts.
The ongoing research concerns the diverse questions of family, family policy and childhood. By taking family as a research object it is possible to examine the interaction between public and private sphere, multifaceted social problems and changes in society. The viewpoints of family research in social policy combine work and family, child home care allowances, time use of children, family services, interaction between generations, as well as substance misuse in family.
Professor Katja Repo
University Lecturer Ritva Nätkin
University Lecturer Noora Ellonen
Research on work and welfare has a long tradition in social policy. The relation between work and welfare is examined from the viewpoints of how demands and resources of work and work-related changes affect individual and group identity, well-being at work and at home and employees’ later working careers. The on-going research focuses on how new forms of employment are connected with social security, employment risks, on recent collective dismissals and their connection to later careers, on spatial dispersion of work and its consequences to employees and families, and on job quality and later careers in temporary and part-time employment.
Professor Jouko Nätti
Professor Emeritus Pertti Koistinen
University Instructor, Postdoctoral Researcher Katri-Maria Järvinen
University Lecturer Markku Sippola
Postdoctoral Researcher Satu Ojala