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Our Research

The Global Health and Development group in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere focuses on the intersection between health and development, and thus works in areas within the broad categories of health and wellbeing and sustainable development. The group has three major research foci on health and wellbeing among vulnerable populations: 1) social protection and health, 2) migration and social determinants of health and 3) innovations for strengthening health systems. In addition to these research foci we also have several active Erasmus+  teacher and student exchange programmes across the world such as in India, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Iran and Zambia.    

Global Health and Development in the University of Tampere is an inter- and transdisciplinary study on interaction of global phenomena and globalization with health and wellbeing of people.  

Social Protection and Health

Our social protection and health portfolio includes projects on the provision of cash transfers and in-kind provision of equipment for key vulnerable populations.

1. Coordinating health and social services for tuberculosis patients in Mozambique

PI: A/prof Salla Atkins

Partners: Karolinska Institutet, University of Tampere, Instituto Nacional de Saude, Mozambique, University of Liverpool, UK

Funding period: 2018-2021

Funder: Swedish research council

This project will develop, implement and evaluate a bi-directional referral project between health and social services in Mozambique.

2. Social protection for patients with drug resistant TB in South Africa

PI: Dr Wanga Zembe-Mkabile, A/prof Salla Atkins

Partners: University of Tampere, Karolinska Institutet, Medical Research Council of South Africa

Funding period: 2017-2018

Funder: Medical Research Council of South Africa

This project is a qualitative exploration of drug resistant TB patients' access to existing government social protection in South Africa. This project is one of many for which funding is being applied for. The funding proposals focus on availing disability grants to patients with tuberculosis.

3. Maternity package as part of MCH care globally

PI: Dr Annariina Koivu

Partners: Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliitto

Funding period: 2017-2018

Funder: Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliitto

This project will map maternity package (aka "baby box") projects and programmes around the world to understand  how they are used to support expectant mothers and their babies to promote their health and wellbeing.

4. Maternity packages for increasing child registration in Namibia

PI: Dr Annariina Koivu

Partners: Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland + local partners.

Funder: to be sought

This project will develop a system using maternity packages as an incentive for increasing child registration.

5.  Social protection for informal workers in LMICs

PI: Dr Mikko Perkiö

Partners: University of Tampere, University of Zambia and EU-SPS

Funder: CIMO and Erasmus +

This project will systematically study social protection policies for informal workers in LMICs (Doctoral candidate Jairous Miti).


1. Migration as a social determinant of health

PI: A/prof Salla Atkins

Partners: Karolinska Institutet, Public Health Foundation of India, Kyiv-Mohyla University, Ukraine

Funding period: 2018-2022

Funder: Swedish Research Council

This project will develop a network for research on migration as a social determinant of health, generating both within- country and across-country research projects in the four participating countries: Finland, Sweden, Ukraine and India

2. Socio-economic conditions of inter-state migrant construction workers in India and intervention scope

PI: Assistant professor Sumit Kumar, Manipal University, India

Funding period: To be sought

Funder: To be decided

UTA partner: Dr Mikko Perkiö, A/Prof Salla Atkins

This project will study the health and welfare of migrant construction workers in India and seek possible intervention options.

3. Diaspora in strengthening health system in a fragile state - Somalia

PI: Prof Anneli Milen

Funding period:  NA

Funder:  UTA

This project studies challenges and options for overcoming them in an environment of a fragile state. Temporary return of Somali diaspora health professionals is being organized in Somalia and studied in this project.

Innovative Approaches for Strenghtening Health Systems

1. eHealth in Tanzania: the users of HIS

Partners: This project is part of a larger "Contributing to capacity building of developing and using health information systems (HIS) in Tanzania", funded by Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

PI: Dr Annariina Koivu

Funding period: 2017-2020

Funder: Finnish Christian Medical Society FCMS

This project investigates and supports the skills and competencies of eHealth users in Tanzania

2. mHealth for improving continuity of care in South Africa

Partners: Karolinska Institutet, Medical Research Council of South Africa, Edinburg University, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

PI: Prof Anna Thorson, Karolinska Institutet

UTA contact: Salla Atkins

Funding period: 2013-2018

Funder: Swedish research council

This project investigates the feasibility of a mobile application to improve continuity of care of chronic disease patients (including TB and HIV) in a rural setting in South Africa. The project is complete and writeup is ongoing.


Women's Education

Dr Mikko Perkiö, our university instructor,  doctoral thesis “Women’s Education and Infant Survival. A Comparative Analysis of Eighty Low and Middle Income Countries” takes bold stance in addressing global social factors behind infant survival. It applies structural equation modelling for identifying pathways between women’s education and infant survival.

Male involvement

Male involvement is a globally acknowledged strategy to improve maternal health.  Studies in various setting have shown that it is associated with many positive maternal health impacts. Yet in practice, in many countries men are rarely involved.

Pauliina Aarnio is finishing a doctoral thesis investigating perceptions of men on their role and involvement in their daily live in communities, not in the more researched facility-level, in health issues during pregnancy and delivery. She has studied the topic in a low-income rural context with major challenges to improve maternal and newborn health. .


Join us! We encourage interested students and scientists to develop research proposals suitable for PhD or post-doctoral training.

Global Health & Development related groups at the University of Tampere

International Perspectives on Educational Discourses, Policies and Practices

The research group consists of interconnected studies which investigate the discursive formation of educational policies on international and local arenas and the intended and unintended effects of policies on educational practice. Geographically our research focuses on Russia and a number of developing countries (currently Ethiopia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone, previously also Afghanistan and Tanzania). The flagship of the research group is the Russia sub-project in the research consortium Trans-national Dynamics of Quality Assurance Policies and Evaluation in Brazil, China and Russia

Prof. Tuomas Takala,

CIRCMI Research on Information, Customer and Innovation Management

Asia Business Academy –concept

Vision: Asia Business Academy is an international center for Asia related activities on business, technology and society issues at the University of Tampere.

The  objectives of this center are: Develop i) an umbrella RDI organisation for studies on Asia Business, Technology and Society issues, ii) program management of research relevant to Finnish business and industry, iii) based on RDI efforts offer courses, seminars and conferences on Asia related competencies, and iv) Collaborate with Asia oriented research, development and innovation oriented organisations globally.

Prof. Mikko Ruohonen, mikko.j.ruohonen(at)

Global Health Group at the Tampere Center for Child Health Research, School of Medicine

We aim at improved understanding of the causes, development, consequences prevention and management of selected globally important health problems, especially among children and pregnant women. Our current research is mostly focused on maternal and child health, with special emphasis on three interrelated conditions: maternal and child malaria and other infections, preterm birth, and childhood malnutrition.

Prof. Per Ashorn, per.ashorn(at)

The Higher Education Group (HEG)

The Higher Education Group (HEG) is a unit focusing on higher education research and teaching at the University of Tampere, School of Management. HEG provide research and consultancy services to higher education sector and stakeholders. HEG has extensive teaching experience and expertise in programmes that provide continuing education for Higher Education administrators through its KOHA programmes. HEG also coordinates Finnish Master’s programme on HE management, and modules taught at University of Tampere from the European Commission-funded Master of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE ERASMUS) coordinated in partnership with Danube University, Krems (Austria), University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck (Germany) and Beijing Normal University (China).

Moreover, HEG has strong experience of international collaboration. In general, HEG has participated in many projects and programmes enhancing the responsive capacity of higher education institutions in national and international development engagements and innovation programmes for example in Sub-Saharan Africa and China. In Particular, HEG has been active in developing various capacity development projects in Uganda, South Africa and Cameroon over the past few years. For instance, through the funding found from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, HEG has developed and implemented two successful major institutional capacity development projects in Uganda that focus on Building Institutional Capacity Training Leadership and Management of Ugandan Universities (LMUU) 2011-2012, and Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Higher Education Leadership and Management in sub-Saharan Africa (LMUU II) 2013-2015, and currently applied for similar project in Ethiopia that focuses on developing the Institutional Capacity of Ethiopian Universities in Higher Education Leadership and Management (LMEU), 2017-2019.

Prof. Seppo Hölttä, seppo.holtta(at)

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