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The International Network for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities - INCASI

The network undertakes research visits between universities in Europe and Latin America, conducts comparative research in the area of social inequalities and fosters a space for collective reflection and development of synergies between network partners. The aim is to look for global trends in social inequalities in Europe and Latin America, to explore innovative ways to face and reduce social inequalities, and promote social justice. Tampere University is one of 19 universities in the consortium, which comprises nine institutions from Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay) and ten from Europe (Finland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK), and is coordinated by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Professor Pedro López Roldan.

Duration:                            2016–2019

Funding:                             European Commission/H2020-MSCA-RISE (2.4 milj. €)


Contact person:                   Eriikka Oinonen (PI),


At the crossroads: transition from university to work life

 Today’s university graduates build their lives and futures in a completely different circumstances than the previous student generations. In this project, we study what kind of expectations and resources students in social sciences and humanities have when they are about to graduate? We use pictures and photo elicitation interviews to study students’ experiences about transition, and apply Playback Theater to try out and create participatory and communal ways to deal with and support transition. Sociology of personal life provides analytical tools to study individual experiences, feelings and actions within historical and spatial social contexts. The project is coordinated by Eriikka Oinonen (UTA) and it is conducted in collaboration with the Faculty of Education at University of Turku and the Degree Programme in Theater Arts at University of Tampere. The project is based on a pilot study conducted among 55 students at Universities of Tampere and Barcelona (2014-15) testing visual and narrative methods in studying transition to work life. The pilot was realized in addition to Eriikka Oinonen’s other duties and during her Erasmus+ teacher exchange period.

Funding:                            -

More information:               Eriikka Oinonen,


Oinonen, Eriikka & Tervonen-Gonçalves, Leena (forthcoming 2017/18) Reproducing or remaking the social contract with young people in Europe 2020 Strategy, in Risto Heiskala & Jari Aro (eds.) Economy, Society and Coordination in the Policy Design of the EU. An Empire of Shopkeepers in the Making? Palgrave MacMillan.

Oinonen, Eriikka & Henriksson, Lea (2015) ‘Dreams, plans and realities. Expected and experienced transitions from university to work’, abstraktikirja XIV Nuorisotutkimuspäivät: Nuorisotyön ja tutkimuksen rajapinnoilla, 12.–13.11.2015, Tampereen yliopisto.

Oinonen, Eriikka & Henriksson, Lea (2014) ’Decent life and sustainable careers of European university graduates: In search for a set of inclusive methods for comparative research’, Abstract Book of ESA Youth and Generation Research Network Midterm Conference: Negotiation, navigation, resistance – young people’s agency in post-crisis reality in Europe, 10.-13.9.2014, Kluszkowce, Poland, s. 40.

Oinonen, Eriikka (2013) ‘A Lost generation? Young adults under economic crisis in Spain’ in Abstract Book of the 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association “Crisis, Critique and Change”, 28.-31.8.2013, Turin, Italy, s. 1258.

Conference presentations

Oinonen, Eriikka: Pictures of becoming: Transition from university to (work)life. ESA RN30 ‘Youth and Generation’ Midterm Conference 2017, 16.1.2017, Ericeira, Portugal.

Oinonen, Eriikka & Laalo, Hanna: Yliopistosta työelämään. Sosiaalipolitiikan päivät, 27.10.2016, Turku.

Oinonen, Eriikka & Henriksson, Lea: Dreams, plans and realities. Expected and experienced transitions from university to (work)life. XIV Nuorisotutkimuspäivät 12.11.2015, Tampere.

Oinonen, Eriikka & Henriksson, Lea: Yliopistosta elämään: unelmia, suunnitelmia ja todellisuuksia. Sosiologiapäivät 2015, 6.3.2015, Helsinki.

Oinonen, Eriikka: Decent Life and Sustainable Careers of European University Graduates: In search for a set of inclusive methods for comparative research. ESA Youth and Generation Network MidTerm Conference 2014, 12.4.2014, Kluszkowce, Poland.


Oinonen, Eriikka: Pictures of becoming: Transition from university to work life. Lapsuuden, nuoruuden ja perheen tutkimuskeskuksen PERLA seminaari 21.10.2016, Tampereen yliopisto.

Oinonen, Eriikka: Studying dreams, plans and realities of university students about to graduate: experimenting with visual methods & empathy-based stories. IASR-lecture, 28.4.2015, University of Tampere.

Oinonen, Eriikka: From University to Life: Use of creative methods in sociological research. 13.4.2015, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Departament de Sociología, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.


Friendship as potential? Inclusionary friendship practices in managing teenagers’ risk of marginalization

The research deals with teenagers’ spontaneous friendships as an inclusionary resource. The premise is that friendship is not merely a private relationship but corresponds with broader communal and societal relations. The question is posed whether teenagers’ friendships can be recognized, mobilized and created to prevent their risk of marginalization and social exclusion.

The research consists of three parts: 1) a structural profile of teenagers’ friendships and social support networks, produced by network maps, 2) interviews with and observations of 13-16 years olds about the meaning and practices of their friendships and 3) interviews and observations of the negotiations on friendships which take place between teenagers and adults at school, group home, and youth club.

The research advances scientific discussion of resources in everyday life, the interaction between private and public relationships, and their institutional conditions. It is also of use to practitioners and policymakers who deal with teenagers’ risk of marginalization.

Duration: 2016-2018

Funding: Academy of Finland (Grant 285592)

Contact: Postdoctoral Researcher Riikka Korkiamäki (PI),


Pori Jazz as a Promoter of Cultural Wellbeing in the City of Pori

Pori Jazz -project is conducted in collaboration with University of Tampere, Department at Pori, and the Degree Programme of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies, University of Turku, Pori Campus. In addition to the research results on the production of culture, the objective of the project is to strengthen and develop further the identity of the City of Pori based on the production of cultural events.  The research covers also the scope of human services. The research focus of University of Tampere, Department at Pori, is on the relationships of culture and art with wellbeing. The research analyses project and research reports from the point of view of the target groups and the frameworks in which culture and art have been used to promote wellbeing in Finland. The effects of culture and art promoting wellbeing are, for example, better subjective health, new experiences, sense of community, and comfort and beauty in the living environment. The core concept is the applied use of art and cultural production which means bringing art and culture to new spheres of life. The main emphasis is not in the final artistic outcome, but in the process of doing and its impact on individual participants and target groups.

Duration: 1.1.2016 – 30.9.2016; continues as a Sub-Project of Deliberation Project in 2017

Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture/University Consortium of Pori, Development Project Allocations


Contacts: Noora Elonen and Satu Kalliola, and


Responsible entrepreneurship –project

Responsible entrepreneurship means responsible and effective actions of entrepreneurs and corporations in society. Another similar term is corporate social responsibility, which includes economic, ecological and social dimensions. This theme is topical and important, and it is brought up, in particular, through negative examples in the media. It is topical also because of The Finnish social welfare and healthcare reform (sote-uudistus), which raises new questions about responsible entrepreneurship, especially for health and social sector entrepreneurs. In addition to these considerations, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of and interested in corporate responsibility, which is forcing companies to take responsibility issues into consideration.  This project is implemented in cooperation with the University of Tampere, Pori unit and the University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, Pori Unit, and its aim is to survey the responsibility in corporate actions in the Satakunta area. In addition, the project aims to increase awareness of responsible entrepreneurship and to highlight the benefits of responsible action to the companies. A survey and interviews for entrepreneurs will be carried out during this project. Our aim is to write about this theme for different forums. In November of 2016 we will organize a workshop event for entrepreneurs, students and others who are interested in this subject. Topics of the event include the practice and benefits of responsible entrepreneurship and the results of our survey and interviews. We will write a report about the project’s results.

Project duration: 1.1.2016 – 31.12.2016

Funding: University Consortium of Pori, Development Project Allocations

Contacts: , and


 Cultural Planning, Cooperative Development and Deliberative Participation – a cooperative research project (between the University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences Department at Pori and the University of Turku, Degree Program of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies)

The Finnish social welfare and healthcare reform (Sote-uudistus) will have an impact on the social and health-care services available to the public and the work carried out in the field. There is to be cooperative development during the reform and this requires deliberative courses of action – which revolve around an even-handed dialogue, as opposed to one marked by power-relations – to reinforce it. Deliberation refers to careful consideration and discussion. Deliberative forms of participation are based on knowledge-sharing and dialogue. Currently, a cooperative research project titled Cultural Planning, Cooperative Development and Deliberative Participation is being carried out by the University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences Department at Pori and the University of Turku, Degree Program of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies. The Pori Department's portion of the project examines potential ways of promoting cooperation between local operatives through deliberative means, and increasing citizen engagement.

Project duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2017

Contacts: and  

Identification of Children’s Emotional State – Parents  and Teachers  as  Informants

This study originates in interest in the psychosocial problems of children, especially unrecognized emotions of children.  The research is ongoing and it will be a doctoral thesis of  social work. Theoretical framework of this study is the theory of recognition, especially Honneth’s recognition theory, which include three concepts: identification, acknowledging, recognition. This study will be focused on identification.

The purpose of the study is to describe to what extent teachers and parents notice children’s emotional needs. The study focused on a municipality in western Finland, more specifically on 11-12-year-old pupils (N=129) in nine different classes and six different schools and on a municipalities in middle Finland on 12  –year  old  pupils  (N=888)  in  43  different  classes.  The  pupils  and  their  teachers  and  parents  filled  in  a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). In the analysis of the SDQ Questionnaire the pupils’ selfreports are compared with the Teachers’ and Parents’ Questionnaire. The preliminary analysis indicated a significant discrepancy between the assessments of pupils and those of teachers/parents as far as emotional symptoms were concerned.

This study points out that adults cannot notice children’s emotional needs well enough. Children’s self-reports are vital in the recognition of emotional problems. Children are the most reliable informants as far as their own emotions and thoughts are concerned.

Duration: -2018

Contact: Junior Lecturer Erna Törmälehto,

Muutettu: 17.3.2017 19.09 Muokkaa

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