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The Global Biopolitical Economy of Needs: Migrant Trajectories and Corporeal Relations of Care in Ageing Finland

Project Leader: Tiina Vaittinen, PhD Candidate

Research Theme (English):

Focusing on Filipino nurses migrant trajectories to ageing Finland, Vaittinen's PhD Thesis examines the global corporeal and biopolitical economy of care/needs. The work is based on four articles (see Vaittinen's personal profile), and presently goes with the title The Global Biopolitical Economy of Needs: Migrant Trajectories and Corporeal Relations of Care in Ageing Finland. The thesis is to be submitted to pre-examination by the end of 2015.

Research Theme (Suomeksi):

Väitöskirjani keskittyy filippiiniläisten sairaanhoitajien Suomeen suuntautuvaan muuttoliikkeeseen, tarkastellen globaalitaloutta kehollisena ja biopoliittisena hoivan ja sen tarpeen politiikkana. Työ koostuu neljästä artikkelista (ks. julkaisuluettelo alla) ja yhteenvetoluvusta, ja sen työnimi on: The Global Biopolitical Economy of Needs: Migrant Trajectories and Corporeal Relations of Care in Ageing Finland. Väitöskirja lähetetään esitarkastukseen vuoden 2015 loppuun mennessä.


2011–2012 Project researcher in project The Body Politic of Migration – Embodied and Silent Choreographies of Political Agency, steered by Prof. Tarja Väyrynen and funded by the Academy of Finland

2013–2015 Personal scholarship from Eino Jutikkala Fund, awarded by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

Recent Publications (selected):

  • Vaittinen, T. (2014): ‘Reading global care chains as migrant trajectories: A theoretical framework for the understanding of structural change’, Women’s Studies International Journal 47: 191–202. DOI:
  • Vaittinen, T. & Näre, L. (2014): ’Ihmisoikeusnäkökulma työperusteiseen muuttoon: Filippiiniläiset hoitajat ja siivoojat Suomessa’ [’A human rights perspective on labour immigration: Filipino nurses and cleaners in Finland’. Teoksessa: Niskanen, E. (ed.) Ihmisoikeudet Aasiassa [Human Rights in Asia], Into-kustannus: Helsinki.
  • Vaittinen, T. (2015): ‘The political power of the vulnerable body: A new political understanding of care’, International Feminist Journal of Politics 17(1): 100–118. DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2013.876301
  • Hoppania, H-K & Vaittinen, T. (2015): ‘A household full of bodies: Neoliberalism, care and “the political”’, Global Society 29(1): 70–88. DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2014.974515
  • Vaittinen, T. (UNDER REVIEW): ‘Transnational Biopolitics of Nurse Migration and the Capitalisation of Care in a Declining Welfare State’, Review of International Political Economy.
  • Vaittinen, T., Sakilayan-Latvala, M. & Vartiainen-Ora, P. (IN PROGRESS): ’Registered nurses for export, caregivers to import? Filipino nurse education as a devalued commodity in Finland/EU’. Teoksessa: Schatz M., Popovic A. & Dervin F. (ed.) Education for sale: New faces of educational colonialism Palgrave.
  • Kanninen, T. (2010): Gender, vulnerability and the obligation to return: An overview of return assistance to ‘rejected’ asylum seekers in the Nordic countries. Tampere Peace Research Institute Occasional Paper No. 98. Available at:


Tiina Vaittinen
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Tampere Peace Research Institute,
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FI-33014 University of Tampere (Finland)
Visiting address: Linna building, 6th floor, room 6068


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