The public image and function of gambling provision in Finland: Scrutinizing a policy system (2017-2019) PubFunc
Funding: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Participants: Matilda Hellman (PI, HY/THL), Johanna Järvinen-Tassopoulus (THL), Michael Egerer, Anna Alanko, Tuulia Lerkkanen

Regulation of online alcohol advertising: Is it possible and is it relevant from a public health perspective? (2017-2018)
Funding: Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Systembolagets forskningsråd
Participants: Matilda Hellman (PI), Mikaela Lindeman, Anu Katainen, Emmi Kauppila, Johan Svensson (CAN, Karolinska), Anna Raninen (CAN)

Affecting adolescents’ images of alcohol use  (2017-2020)
Funding: Academy of Finland (key project funding)
Topic: An evaluation of the online alcohol marketing strategies and the impact of the new Finnish Alcohol Act
Participants: Anu Katainen (PI), Matilda Hellman, Emmi Kauppila

Gambling Policy in European Welfare Regimes (GPE) 2015-2018
Funding: Academy of Finland
Topic: Gambling policies and gambling related problems in Europe.
Participants: Pekka Sulkunen (PI), Janne Nikkinen, Michael Egerer, Virve Marionneau, Matilda Hellman, Veera Kankainen

Gambling Policy and the Public Good 2014-2017
Funding: Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies
Topic: Scientific monograph on how the study of gambling behaviour, the gambling industry and the regulation of gambling can contribute to gambling policy and the public good
Lead: Thomas Babor (University of Connecticut) and Pekka Sulkunen (CEACG), international research group

The new gambling monopoly 2016-
Funding: STM
Topic: Coopertaion project together with the THL. The project looks into (a) political/ structural changes and (b) the position of the new monopoly in society.
Participants: Matilda Hellman, Janne Nikkinen, Michael Egerer, Virve Marionneau, Pekka Sulkunen, Tuulia Lerkkanen, researchers from the THL

Survey: gambling habits and attitudes to gambling 2016-
Funding: STM, THL
Topic: Cooperation project together with THL, Statistic Finland. Survey on gambling habits, harm, policy
Participants: Hannu Alho, Anne Salonen, Matilda Hellman, Jani Selin

Addictions in Europe (ALICE RAP) 2011-2016
Funding: EU FP7
Topics: Coordination of Area 1 (Ownership of addiction); WP 3: Images of Addiction. Media analysis and focus group interviews with GPs and social workers concerning image of addiction over time and/ or in different cultures.
Participants: Matilda Hellman, Pekka Sulkunen, Michael Egerer

From a parenting measure to a crime? The legal regulation and control of parental corporal violence in Finland 1965–2014 2015–2018
Funding: Academy of Finland
Topic: The project examines parent to child violence from the perspectives of legal regulation and the practical consequences of implementing the legislation in the state provided child protection services
Participant: Riikka Kotanen, post doc project

“For some other reasons?” – An ethnographic study of an international outlaw motorcycle club
Funding (Finland): Kone Foundation
Topic: The study examines collisions between legislation and an outlaw motorcycle subculture, and particularly reasons for these which are difficult to perceive clearly from the viewpoint of legislation.
Participant: Jussi Perälä, post doc project

Drug related deaths in Finland – Polydrug use, pharmaceuticalisation and social determinants 2010-
Funding: Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Finnish Cultural Foundation
Topic: This study explores drug related deaths and mortality in the context of pharmaceuticalisation and polydrug use.
Participant: Sanna Rönkä, doctoral project

From the social sector to selective individualized prison practices? Studying prisoners’ substance abuse and treatment
Funding: Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Nordiska Samarbetsrådet för Kriminologi (NSfK)
Topic: This study explores the changes in substance abuse patterns among Finnish prisoners from 1985 to 2006 as well as changes in the division of labor between different institutions handling harm resulting from substance abuse, along with new prison strategies for finding and treating substance abuse as a risk factor for re-offending.
Participant: Yaira Obstbaum, doctoral project


Study on the exposure of minors to alcohol advertising  on linear and non-linear audio-visual media services and other online services, including a content analysis 2015
Funding: EU
Participants: Anu Katainen, Matilda Hellman, Janne Seppänen (TAY), European researchers

Public Sector in Transition (JULKI) 2011-2015
Funding: Academy of Finland, UH
Topic: The role of association in service production and representations: substance use and mental health
Participants: Anna Alanko, Riikka Perälä, Pekka Sulkunen (PI)

Images of adolescent drinking in Finland and Italy 2010-2013 and 2012-2015
Funding: FFAS, Academy of Finland, ERAB
Topic: how do young people and adults define drinking by teenagers in two very different drinking cultures? Is there convergence in drinking patterns, images of drinking, and in the relationship between alcohol and other drugs?
Participants: Anu Katainen, Pekka Sulkunen, Franca Beccaria & team (Eclectica, Italy)

Addiction and images of time, space and body 2012-2015
Funding: Academy of Finland.
Topic: The research project focuses on the ‘being in the world’ of addicted players of Massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs). It is hypothesized that the behavior is cued, upheld by and lived through extreme and ‘displaced’
perceptions of time, space and body.
Participants: Matilda Hellman, Maija Majamäki

Theories of addiction and images of Addictive behaviours (IMAGES) 2007-2015
Funding: STM, Academy of Finland, HCAS, FFAS, Finnish Foundation for Gambling Research
Topics: images of addiction among professionals, images of adolescent drinking, societal reactions to addicted parents
Participants: Members of CEACG and their international collaborations, Pekka Sulkunen (PI)
Outputs: about 35 research articles, an international collective book in 2015.

The Total Consumption Model and Gambling Problems
Funding (Finland): STM
Topic: what can be learned from the alcohol policy for gambling policy?
Participants: gambling researchers of CEACG, Sirus and others.

Institutional arrangements of Gambling Control in Europe
Funding (Finland): STM
Topic: how do controls of gambling activities differ, and what kinds of dependencies do they generate in different European countries
Participant:researchers of CEACG

Financialisation and the Welfare State 2011-2015
Funding: Norwegian Research Council
Topic: how does the growing financial sector influence income redistribution, public service provision, housing and what is the impact on welfare and equality in selected European countries
Participant (Finland): Pekka Sulkunen

Images of gambling in Finland and France 2009-2013
Funding: STM, Finnish Gambling Research Foundation, The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies
Topics: images of gambling among active gamblers in Helsinki and Paris; gambling environments and images of gambling in popular culture
Participants: Matias Karekallas, Virve Pöysti
Outputs: Virve Pöysti’s dissertation; Matias Karekallas’ dissertation

Concepts and institutions in the Nordic tobacco policy and drug policy 2012-2013
Funding: for travel and work meetings: the NVC
Topic: what concepts and inherent views on tobacco and illicit drugs have justified the development over time in different Nordic countries.
Participants: researchers from Finland (CEACG, THL) , Sweden (SoRAD), Norway (Sirus), Denmark (Århus).
Output: Hellman, M., Roos, G. & von Wright, J. (Eds.) (2012) A Welfare Policy Patchwork: Negotiating the Public Good in times of transition. Helsinki: Nordens välfärdscenter, Stockholm.