I am Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, University of Helsinki. My job description also includes directing the Criminological Unit of the Institute. The Institute is part of the Department of Social Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.
As a sociologist (D. Soc. Sc., University of Helsinki 1994), I specialized in criminology early on in my research career. While remaining a sociologist in orientation, I today see myself a criminologist doing social science criminology.
My research has focused on homicide, delinquency and criminological methods. I have been centrally involved in the creation of research based crime indicators, such as the Finnish Self-Report Delinquency Study (FSRD, 1995-), the Finnish Homicide Monitor (FHM, 2002-), and the Finnish Crime Victim Survey (FCVS, 2012-). Since 2010 I have served in the Steering Committee of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD).
Over the recent years I have developed an interest in the history of criminology, combining the perspectives of sociology of knowledge and history of ideas. My monograph Discovery of Hidden Crime (Oxford University Press, 2011) presented an historical analysis of how criminological paradigms develop in interaction with methodological innovation and policy concerns.
I have been active in promoting the presence and visibility of empirical social science criminology in the current “Big Wheel” education reform of the University of Helsinki. As Chair of the Research Division of the Finnish Council for Crime Prevention, I look forward to supporting the societal impact of academic research.
Professor of Criminology
Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy
University of Helsinki